On Friday September 27th, 70 golfers converged on the Cottesmore Golf and Country Club in Crawley, Sussex for the 5th Annual William Wates Memorial Golf Day. The weather was perfect and the golf… well that’s another story.

We coincided our shot gun start with the commencement of the Ryder Cup and that’s where any comparison with that competition ends. Having said that we did give Andy Wates the nickname “tiger” but that was only because he spent so much time looking for his balls in the “woods”.

In other notable performances Tony Smart was caught by the marshalls (Grandma and Sarah Wates) attempting to play a 9 iron from half way up a fir tree and Jim Tilbury almost embedded his golf club in Michael Prideaux’s head. Well they do say that “Iron Mike always has golf on the brain.”

There were, of course, some great performances and in a tense finale Matthew Rogerson’s team won the day with an impressive 92 points. Congratulations to them! Not far behind in 2nd place were Rory Watson’s “young guns” from Radley who will be looking for revenge next year. Bringing up the rear this year were “tail end Charlie” and his trusty companions Andy and Paul. I will withold their surname for sensitivity reasons although I can reveal it rhymes with “Gates”.

The main objective of the day was, of course, to remember Will and to raise funds for his Memorial Trust. I am delighted to say that we raised £3250.00.

The day would not be possible without the cooperation of Cottesmore Golf and Country Club. Matthew Rogerson plays a vital part in negotiating an excellent rate for us so a big thank you to him and all the staff who did such a great job for us. Final thank yous to Svea, Carol and Sonia for their administrative support and to all of the players and supporters for making the day such a fun way to remember Will.