Inaugural Ladies Pro-Am at popular Surrey club goes down a storm
MORE THAN 100 female golfers took part in the inaugural Burhill Ladies Pro-Am, which welcomed 27 women PGA professionals. Each professional was joined by a team of three amateur ladies in a unique ladies-only pro-am on the PGA in England South schedule. Sian James from Wentworth scored an impressive six-under-par 67 to win by four strokes from Burhill Golf Club member Shannon Flynn Hanly. Remarkably, James’ round included three eagles around Burhill’s Old Course. Commenting on her great round, she said:
“The greens were fast but holding which really suited my game and I putted well. I had a great team of ladies and we all had a terrific day’s golf thanks to the initiative of Burhill and The PGA in England (South).”
Burhill Golf Club general manager Dubravka Griffiths added:
“We’re thrilled that the event has been so well supported. It is a real sign of the growing impetus in the women’s game at the moment which, at Burhill, we are proud to be a part of. Our ladies membership is among the strongest in the country and we have many girls coming through our thriving junior section who take inspiration from the success of current crop of female professionals and range of initiatives in the game.”
Meanwhile, the Surrey club also recently played host to the Nedbank South Africa Charity Golf Day, the largest event of its type in Europe. Supported by the European Tour, the charitable event helps to provide ongoing financial support for life-changing projects in vulnerable communities for seven different charities across South Africa. This year’s event marked the fifth year of Burhill hosting as more than 400 golfers took part, spread across Burhill’s two championship courses throughout the day. Established in 1998, the charity day has raised more than £2 million in its 20-year history. Entertainment was provided by Andrew Coltart and Robert Lee, who gave a Ryder Cup talk, as well as renowned trick-shot artist, Jeremy Dale, followed by a gala dinner in the evening which saw more than £60,000 raised at the charity auction.