A pro-am supported by PGA Midlands’ most loyal sponsor has raised more than £10,000 for the charity founded in memory of Kelly, his daughter who passed away last year aged just 24, writes Adrian Milledge.
John Hewitt, the group chairman of Wellingborough-based Glazerite UK Group and keen golfer, became associated with the region in 2006 when he agreed to sponsor a pro-am and Order of Merit tournament.
Since then both events have been staged at Wellingborough Golf Club where John is a member and what has become known as the Glazerite Trophy has been won by some of the region’s most accomplished players.
Former Ryder Cup player Peter Baker’s name is engraved on the base of the cut-glass trophy as are those of Simon Lilly, Matt Cort, James Whatley and Andrew Willey, winner of the 14th Glazerite Trophy (pictured) earlier this month.
All, along with a substantial number of their fellow PGA Members in the region, have also played alongside trios of amateurs in the pro-am.
Many of the amateurs are Glazerite UK customers and this year they were among the 168 golfers who took part in a pro-am that raised funds for We Mind & Kelly Matters, the charity founded to combat mental illness and keep Kelly’s memory alive.
“Kelly’s friends and family have set this up to keep her in our hearts and most importantly raise awareness of the illness she battled against,” said John.
“It’s our hope that we may help someone else going through a similar fight and raise funds for this worthy cause.”
Reflecting on the pro-am and post-golf dinner dance in the evening, John added: “All customer entry fees and tee sponsorships were donated to the charity.
“So were the proceeds from an auction for items generously donated by Ron and Ann Haslam, Janet Taylor, Peter Hall, Wellingborough Golf Club, Elaine McGowan and the Midlands PGA. We currently stand at more than £10,000 with the final total hopefully exceeding £11,000.
“We had so many great comments about the golf club, the course and the event itself it makes me very proud to be associated with Wellingborough Golf Club and The PGA.
“I’d like to thank them and every single person involved with the day – volunteers who helped during the day and evening, and those who donated money or an auction prize or bought something from it.
“Your love and support are helping us keep Kelly’s memory alive and will contribute towards supporting people going through similar daily struggles that Kelly herself went through.”