Hello, to everyone again. Nearly everything is in place for the upcoming, and getting ever closer, Golf Day on 27 August at Aldersey Green Golf Course, Cheshire. I have had a fair response to the day, but unfortunately there has been very little from those close to or living in the Merseyside Area. Come on, guys, if people can travel 200 miles to be there, I don't think 20 miles or so is too much to ask.

Another major update too, is that, at the time of writing, Teddy Draper, who the Golf Day's Trophy is named after, should, all going well, be able to attend and hit the first ball to start the day off. Also, I have been forced to have a major rethink about where any profits from the raffle will be donated.

It was originally supposed to be to EitC, and also possibly splitting it between a cancer charity too. Despite sending 3 or 4 emails to EitC, notifying them of the event, and the intended donation, I was disgusted and shocked, to be honest, to never even receive an acknowledgement of any kind. So I have decided to donate it all to a cancer charity as at least it will be appreciated, and definitely acknowledged too.

I also thought of donating a portion to ToffeeWeb but I take my hat off to Lyndon, who, when I informed him, was magnanimous and in favour of it all going to a cancer charity (probably Cancer Research UK).

To date, there has been a good offer of prizes for the raffle from various organisations and private donations too, so any others will not be refused, and ostensibly will add more to the coffers of the charity.

John Hall (Philippines) is the benefactor of the trophy and keen to have it named after Teddy Draper. Teddy, as a lifelong Evertonian and golfer, has been affected by that terrible disease.

Unfortunately because of the distances involved and Covid restrictions being as they are, John will not be able to attend either. He has however asked for as much to be videoed as possible, as he has never met any of us who will be there; more importantly,Teddy reminded him so much of his uncle, who used to take him to Goodison for every match, after the sad and premature passing of his own father at a very early age.

Stephen Vincent and David Pearl have helped me immensely too in organising things and will continue to do so on the day, so my thanks go to them both. David will be doing the videoing via WhatsApp so we can send it to John Hall in the Philippines.

Hopefully I have covered everything but, should anyone have any questions or queries, I can be contacted by leaving either a post on this thread or by Mobile: 07565 140075 (O2 or WhatsApp). Remembering too, it's not too late to put your name down, for what should be a good day's golf and a chance to meet each other too, and all for a very good and deserving cause. Thanks!

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David Pearl
1 Posted 11/07/2021 at 08:12:01
Really looking forward to the Golf day Derek and thanks for all your hard work in making it happen.

27th August gives me just over 6 weeks to cure my slice!

Teddy Draper
2 Posted 11/07/2021 at 10:24:48
Hi Derek and all involved with the golfing day out. May I thank Derek for the hard work put into this event, ( would not know where to start if it was me ) at the present moment I am doing really well with the support of family. May I just mention briefly my oncology team who are truly amazing, nothing seems to much trouble to keep on giving me a great quality as each day goes by. I am absolutely determined to make it on the day and see some of you guys in the flesh. Not sure about hitting a long one off the tee as the old hands cannot grip the club as they used to. Still, you never stop improving do you, I’m missing the ball a lot closer nowadays. And John hope you get the videos I’m sure the lads will send you, my very best regards mate. See you all on the day, regards and respect, Teddy Draper.
David Pearl
3 Posted 11/07/2021 at 10:55:42
Teddy, looking forward to meeting you and thanks for your update too. All the best
Derek Knox
4 Posted 11/07/2021 at 11:55:40
Hello Teddy, I can also echo what David has said in that we are all looking forward to meeting you on the day, and thanks also for putting us in the picture as it were. Don't suppose you have any influence on the weather do you ? :-)

Mind you we have been pretty fortunate this summer in comparison to those in the last few years, despite the almost torrential rain in between. When did you last swing a Club in anger, apart from the getting rid of next door neighbour's cat?

Like riding a bike, they say, you never forget. Although I sometimes wonder, you can go out and it's like you have only just taken the game up, and other occasions you go out in similar fashion and play like you are ready to turn Pro (well maybe not quite that good), but you know what I mean.

Like Football ' Funny Old Game ' still whether you play badly or well, it is still enjoyable and the company generally that you play with. I keep going back for more, so something must be happening to get that feeling. Must be 'hooked' or was it a 'slice' ? 😜😂🤔

John Hall
5 Posted 13/07/2021 at 05:55:20
Great to hear that you are coping well, Teddy, and I am sure it will make the day for everybody when you hit the first tee shot. Good that you mention your Oncology team and the great work that they do. I bet they love your sense of humor and Scouse charm.

Derek has put a lot of work into the success of the day and has great things lined up for what is hopefully a memorable occasion.

6 weeks to cure a slice David hmm, hard to correct but just aim a little more left and it hopefully becomes a nice fade. Lefties should correct the other way of course.

Shot a gross 79 yesterday after two rounds in the high eighties last week. Gary Player once quoted that golf was the greatest puzzle that man will never solve. Never a truer word said!!!

Ray Roche
6 Posted 06/08/2021 at 19:56:22
Hi Del, any idea how many lads have committed to the Golf Day yet? If I can't make it, I'll call in with a dozen balls to put towards the Birdie Comp. Get that carpet sorted!!
Derek Knox
7 Posted 07/08/2021 at 06:48:01
Hi Ray, thanks for your input and potential contribution, I do hope you manage to make it yourself, but I understand if Travel Restrictions get relaxed people would rather go abroad for a Holiday, than stay for one day's Golf Outing.

I am not 100% sure of the final numbers but tentatively it looks to be about 20, as some are yet to confirm, and hopefully if others decide to come along, that could increase, but the time is getting nearer.

Will need a definite commitment for Catering Numbers, by next week for Aldersey Golf Club so they know how many meals etc. Anyone still thinking about it, time is catching up, I can guarantee it will be a good day, and a chance to meet many well known names on TW. And, of course for a very good cause (Cancer Research UK) plus meeting the man, the Day is all about :Teddy Draper.

Clive Davies
8 Posted 07/08/2021 at 08:10:08
Hi Derek,

Sadly I will be in Portugal as restrictions have now eased. I wish you all a fabulous day and lot of fun to be had am sure.

Hopefully be able to make the get together on the 25th.

Let’s all hope for a win next Saturday.

Derek Knox
9 Posted 08/08/2021 at 03:38:04
Thanks, Clive, you will be missed, as I and David Pearl really enjoyed both your company and playing alongside you at Frodsham, the last time we had a similar day. I do hope you enjoy your Portuguese Holiday (a country I love myself) and look forward to seeing you again at Bramley-Moore on the 25th!
Mike Gaynes
10 Posted 08/08/2021 at 04:21:39
Derek, congrats on pulling all this together. I'm proud of you, my friend.

Teddy, all best wishes to you in your battle. Glad you've got family support and a great medical team in your corner -- that makes all the difference, doesn't it? Enjoy the day and the warmth of the TW gang.

Ray Roche
11 Posted 18/08/2021 at 13:12:36
Hi Del,

How are the numbers for the golf day? I’m pretty certain to be there now, I’m sufficiently recovered to drag myself round 18 holes now but my game will be crap! I’ll bring a few sleeves of balls for the birdie sweep for you, decent balls and not like the range balls you’ve “acquired” over the years!😁
You can remind me of the details nearer the day, I’ll forget if you tell me now….

Andy Crooks
12 Posted 18/08/2021 at 13:46:20
Good to hear you, Ray. If I lived nearby, I would be there. However, saving myself for the Bramley-Moore on 25th September. So glad to hear you are on the mend, Ray. Derek has kept me up to date. Hope there is a good turn out.

Also, and I know Tony hates this sort of stuff, but Tony Abrahams, your call yesterday was a cracker!!

Ray Roche
13 Posted 18/08/2021 at 16:14:31
Thanks for the kind words, Andy.

Yes, Del, and I speak quite regularly on the phone, and he's put some effort into organising this golf day.👍🏻 I hope all those who promised to come turn up.

Derek Knox
14 Posted 18/08/2021 at 18:25:53
Hi Ray and Andy, and glad you will make it Ray, I have been a bit underwhelmed by the ' Local turn-out ' people are coming from 200 miles in some cases, and yet those local can't do 20, bar a few you could count on one hand.

Still, I expect it to be a good day and enjoyable for all. If anyone still wants to go you will be accommodated and welcomed with open arms!

Ray Roche
15 Posted 18/08/2021 at 20:09:33
Del, I think it's shameful that Merseyside golfers on ToffeeWeb can't be arsed supporting the Golf Day. Come on, lads, support this day out! Any proceeds are for a good cause. If there was a free bar, you'd be loading your car up now with your clubs etc!

Knoxxy has done his best organising this despite moving house recently, with all the stress that comes with a house move, yet you local ToffeeWeb golfers can't bother your arse to support it. Come on! Join in!

Derek Knox
16 Posted 19/08/2021 at 06:17:34
Thanks Ray, without yourself, David Pearl and Stephen Vincent this would have been an even harder thing to put together. I don't think people generally know or realise just what goes in to organsing an event such as this.

I have come across many pitfalls, and have learned, unfortunately retrospectively, that I should have done many things differently, but I did assume we would be getting larger numbers for the day. I do agree with you that it is a very poor showing from the many TW'ers who do live in the vicinity, and do play golf, but have not made any effort to attend.

It is understandable if holidays are booked, but in this Covid uncertainty many holidays can change or be cancelled, as the Government criteria is very unpredictable and apt to change at the drop of a hat.

After all said and done, it is for a very good cause (Cancer Research UK) something which could affect us all, but hopefully not. Furthermore, the man who the event is all about Teddy Draper will be attending to ' hit the first shot ' to get things under way. Hoping the weather stays as is, and has been, for the day. Looking forward to it now, an just hope it is a resounding success. Thanks to everyone.

Ray Roche
17 Posted 19/08/2021 at 09:05:13
The weather? It's peeing down here!!

Anyway, come on you local golfing Blues, make an effort to enjoy a good day's golf with fellow ToffeeWebbers on the 27th.

Derek Knox
18 Posted 19/08/2021 at 09:49:12
I'm running around in my mankini, Ray, but there is a large hole in the knee, will change into my leotard just in case, goes to show the disparity of weather in just over 10 to 15 miles away.
Ray Roche
19 Posted 19/08/2021 at 13:16:18
10-15 miles?

Geography not your strong point then?

Derek Knox
20 Posted 19/08/2021 at 19:23:35
Ray, as the pterodactyl flies!
Ray Roche
21 Posted 19/08/2021 at 20:45:17
Yeah, well if it were driving a Volvo it’s 34 miles.😁
Rob Halligan
22 Posted 19/08/2021 at 21:30:34
Hopefully I'll be there. Was going to get the missus to drop me there and then come back for me. Slight change of plan now, as I'll be driving meself. Simply because I won't be staying for the nosh and a few pints afterwards as I'm going to Brighton the following day.
Brian Murray
23 Posted 19/08/2021 at 21:50:35
I’d love to go but never played in my life and I’d just be propping up the club house after nine. Not holes, Il be at the bmd shindig though coyb,
Rob Halligan
24 Posted 19/08/2021 at 21:53:23
Brian, come. I need someone there worse than me!! 😁😁😁
Brian Murray
25 Posted 19/08/2021 at 21:57:37
Rob 😂😁
Ciarán McGlone
26 Posted 19/08/2021 at 22:07:25
Should do an Irish leg..

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