Onside PR were proud to support the Football Writers Golf Day 2019.
Former England internationals Matt Jansen, Michael Gray and Manchester business owner Martin Wilshaw joined Onside PR founder James Fletcher for the annual event.
Once again, van leasing experts Vanarama sponsored the day at the spectacular Stoke Park Golf Course in Buckinghamshire.
This year the event was hosted to raise funds – and awareness for Prostate Cancer, the official charity partner of Vanarama.
Prostate Cancer UK was established to stop men dying from the disease which claims a life every 45 minutes.
They want to raise funds to support medical advances that will fight prostate cancer – but also raise awareness amongst men to get checked out.
Former England internationals Les Ferdinand, Kevin Phillips, Andy Sinton and Steve Coppell were all on hand to lend their support to the event.
Wally Downes, Paul Clement, Lee Cook and ex-Scotland internationals Bryan Gunn and John Duncan were other former players and managers to play in the event.
Former Reading and Republic of Ireland midfielder Stephen Hunt won the individual non-FWA member’s prize with a superb 42 points.
Sky Sports News presenter Kate Mason was the winner of the Joe Melling Trophy, presented to the leading FWA member.
Kate is both new to the FWA and golf but scored a brilliant 32 points off a three-quarter handicap to claim the trophy.
Mike Keegan’s Daily Mail fourball won the team prize with playing partners former Barnsley chairman John Dennis, Andrew Lane and Niall Ashworth from VPAR.
The Onside PR team performed admirably. Former Blackburn and Sunderland left Gray won the nearest the pin prize for his stunning tee shot on the famous 7th hole.
Course designer Alistair Mackenzie used his design on the par-three seventh as his inspiration for the famous 16th hole at Augusta National Golf Club, home to the US Masters.
Onside PR founder James Fletcher recorded the longest drive of the day – but was sensationally robbed of the prize because of an administrative error.
Fletcher, said: “It was a great day as always and it’s brilliant to meet up with some many former colleagues.
“It was a special day too as it gives us the opportunity to remember former pals who would have played, like the great Joe Melling, Bob Cass and Steve Curry.
“And this year was extra special as it allowed us to raise a glass to Ralph Ellis, who years organised this event, but was cruelly taken by Prostate Cancer.
“Prostate Cancer affects so many men, but also their families, and we all need to raise money to beat this disease.
“I’d also like to thank Steve Bates and Gerry Cox for organising the day, and of course I forgive Batesy for failing to recognise my enormous drive on the 14th!”
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