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Revived pro-am is good for business


A pro-am that is now in its third year after lying dormant for more than a decade has been praised by one of its sponsors as the perfect occasion for cementing relationships with business clients.

The Oxley Park Pro-Am was revived by PGA Professionals Craig Thomas and Craig Fletcher within weeks of them taking over the pro shop and coaching at the club in Wolverhampton.

Since then it has gone from strength to strength with more than 120 golfers taking part in the most recent earlier this month.

The number included Paul Brown from Churchill Contractors, steel fabrication specialists and support sponsors of the pro-am since it was revived.

“This is our third year,” said Brown. “Oxley Park is a great venue and the pro-am is always well-supported.

“We do a lot of work for Aldi and getting involved with this keeps our name out there. It helps us keep in touch with our clients and is a great way of showing how much we appreciate them.”

The pro-am is also sponsored by Wednesfield Radio Cars and this year’s event raised close on £600 for two charities.

Half of that was donated to Prostrate Cancer UK, the charity nominated by Stuart Burgess, this year’s Oxley Park captain.

The other half went to Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), an NHS service that works with children and young people who have problems with their emotional or behavioural well-being.

The service is close to the heart of Dave Read of Britvic, one of the hole sponsors.

In total all 18 holes were sponsored with former Arsenal, Liverpool, Birmingham City and Stoke City footballer Jermaine Pennant winning the nearest the pin prize on the par-three 12th.

Pennant was a member of the team led by The Belfry’s Neil Wain, who finished third in the pro’s competition, a shot behind reigning Titleist and FootJoy PGA Professional Champion Andrew Willey and three adrift of Matt Fieldsend, the winner.

Fieldsend, the 2017 PGA Assistants’ Championship winner who represents Drayton Park, posted a four-under-par score of 67 to claim the £710 first prize.