Holden Motors tees up support for good cause

Norwich Volvo dealership Holden Motors is backing local golf club competitions to raise funds for He

Norwich Volvo dealership Holden Motors is backing local golf club competitions to raise funds for Help for Heroes. - Credit: supplied

Norwich Volvo dealership Holden Motors joined forces with Bawburgh Golf Club to help raise thousands of pounds for Help for Heroes as part of the Volvo National Golf Club Challenge, the UK's largest amateur charity golf competition.

The event, held at the club in Marlingford Road, was sponsored by Holden Motors based in Barker Street, Norwich.

A total of 69 members, with handicaps ranging from three to 27, competed in a bid to win one of six places in the regional semi-final with those winners going on to compete in the national final at Turnberry, one of the world's most prestigious and best-known golf clubs.

The winning total was posted by one of the club's newer members, Paul Cottingham (handicap 20) with a score of gross 87, net 67.

This winning score was closely followed by Jonathan Barnard (handicap 11) – gross 79, net 68 – and Peter Whitbread (handicap 15) – gross 83, net 68.


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Another £160 was given personally by the players to the Help for Heroes fund.

A similar ladies tournament, also part of the Volvo National Golf Club Challenge, is being held at the club to raise even more funds for the charity.

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Volvo dealerships across the UK will raise at least £21,000 towards the final amount which last year saw a £52,000 given to Help for Heroes.

Now in its fourth year, the Volvo National Golf Club Challenge has gained even more support from the nation's golfers whose additional fund-raising efforts at club level, which include activities such as a dedicated Help for Heroes golf club dinner and raffles, is set to raise even more funds this year.

Holden Motors dealer principal Philip Miller said: 'The Volvo National Golf Club Challenge event has grown in stature and participation every year and indications already suggest 2013 will be the best year ever.

'This provided us with a fantastic opportunity to support our Servicemen and women who have been injured in their duty as well as to remember those who have given their lives. We very much enjoyed the event and doing our bit to raise money for a truly worthwhile cause.'

The Volvo National Golf Club Challenge works in partnership with Help for Heroes and has the charity's full backing, winning a Heroes Award in 2011.

The Volvo National Golf Club Challenge invites every UK golf club to raise funds for Help for Heroes and return their top five Stableford scores from the men's and ladies' sections from any event during the official qualification months of May, June or July. The best six performing clubs from both the men' and ladies' sections from the four regions progress to their respective semi-finals in September.

Regional winners take part in the national final at Turnberry and finalists travel to the two-day event in style in vehicles on loan from Volvo.

The tournament winner will secure one of six coveted places to compete in the Volvo World Golf Challenge which this year was at Zimbali Golf Course, South Africa. This 'money-can't-buy' experience sees amateur golfers playing alongside professional European Tour stars at the Volvo Golf Champions, live on television.

The winning club will be presented with the Lee Westwood Cup as Volvo National Golf Club Challenge Champions which they keep for 12 months.

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