The Starbuck Classic raises £7,500

The Starbuck Classic raises more than £7,500 for Gt Yarmouth & Caister Golf Club.


Determined not to let the pandemic stop its fundraising efforts this year, the annual Starbuck Classic went ahead at Gt Yarmouth and Caister Golf Club on Friday 30th July as planned.


The looming threat of rain and thunderstorms wasn’t enough to keep our determined members and players away with an impressive 40 teams descending on the club to tee off throughout the day.


The event was generously supported by other clubs, with the donation of a 4 ball voucher, meaning that every single team that entered received a prize.


Local businesses stepped up with golf hole sponsorship and plentiful raffle donations, and our members showed their unrivalled support raising £500 in sponsorship alone.


Everyone was well hydrated throughout the day (thanks to the rain) but largely due to the constant flow of beverages generously supplied by General Manager, Tim Starbuck and the Club Captain, Nick Mobbs.


The overall competition was won by Nigel Drewery, Miss D Futter, Cain Esherwood, and Ian Kemp with a winning score of 51.2 with Nigel Drewery of the same team giving more reason to celebrate after an incredible hole-in-one on the tricky par 3, 14th hole!


Tim Starbuck, GYC General Manager, says “The last year has been a difficult time for everyone but particularly for small clubs such as ours. It feels good to get back out there doing something proactive and positive for the club and our members.”


“Without the generosity of the other clubs, the local business community and the unwavering support of our members this event would not be possible. It’s no understatement to say the future of the club relies on every single penny we can raise.”


Commenting on the £7,500 raised, Tim adds: “I’m just blown away by the efforts and determination of everyone involved, how everyone comes together is phenomenal”


“From the greenkeeping team, admin, bar and catering staff, Mark Sumner (not only the best golf pro out there) but the best raffle ticket seller by far! The two Dave’s for their efforts and dedication, our partners for putting up with a house full of stuff until event day. Our incredible local community and individuals at our club make me very proud to don the GYC crest.”


Nick Mobbs, GYC Club Captain adds, “It’s been a long wait but it was worth it, I am delighted the course was filled with golfers, doing what they love while raising money so they can keep doing it, supported by other clubs, the local community and our members, it’s very touching. On behalf of the club I’d like to say a massive thank you to all involved, long may it continue.”


As the sunset and the rain faded the sound of guitars, ukuleles and song filled the clubhouse and the chatter of holes-in-one and the sense of belonging and community spirit continued long into the evening.


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