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Bag of tricks


David Edwards is one of, if not, the most accomplished golf trick shot artists in the world and when it comes to combining his skills with raising cash for good causes he doesn’t miss a trick, writes Adrian Milledge.

Edwards, who was director of golf at Forest Pines, Lincolnshire, for 12 years before the demand for his Golf Show began taking him to all corners of the globe, calculates he was involved in events during 2018 that have raised more than £136,000.

His contribution involves challenging guests at fundraising and corporate golf days to see if they can emulate his skills, such as hitting a ball off a one-foot high tee, hosting events, auctioneering and after-dinner speaking.

Last year was not a one-off, however.

“Over the last 10 years plus I have supported many charity days and dinners raising around £100,000 annually,” he said.

“And five years ago I received the Star Award from Wish Upon A Star for raising more than £25,000.

“Another challenge involved playing one hole on 18 golf courses in a day to raise money to help a surgeon friend equip a missionary hospital in India. This brought in £2,000.”

Closer to home, the 64-year-old runs his own fund-raising golf days.

“I’ve done that for the past four years and raised more than £30,000 for charities which include Cancer Research, Lindsey Lodge Hospice and Prostate Cancer UK.

“We have now raised £14,000 for Prostate Cancer UK with the most recent bringing in £7,500.”

That sum will be given another boost this year as Prostate Cancer UK will be the beneficiary from Edwards’ annual golf day at Forest Pines on September 18.

“It’s almost sold out, so I’m delighted,” said Edwards. “As golf pros we are privileged to work in an industry where we can raise money for many excellent charities.”

Full details of David Edwards’ 2019 Golf Day can be accessed via this link: