Voice of golf Peter Alliss visits Norwich for charity event
A voice recognised by golf enthusiasts all over the globe graced a Norwich golf club last week in the name of charity.
BBC golf commentator Peter Alliss visited Eaton Golf Club on Thursday for its captains’ charity golf day in aid of The Peter Alliss Powered Wheelchair Crusade.
George Makey MBE, the uncle of Eaton Golf Club’s ladies captain, Debbie Halliday, started an initiative to raise money for powered wheelchairs for disabled children in 1975. Mr Alliss has been involved with the charity since the end of the 1970s.
The deep voice of Mr Alliss, 80, has become synonymous with BBC Sport’s golf coverage over the past 40 years and the former Great Britain Ryder Cup player was on hand to present the new wheelchair funded by money raised at the club to 10-year-old Jed Hunter.
There was £12,500 raised on the day, with £8,500 of that money going towards Jed’s specialist wheelchair.
With this year also being the centenary year of the club’s ladies’ section, the visit made for a special day at Eaton, with club manager Peter Johns saying: “Peter was very good, he presented prizes and reminisced about presenting with Henry Longurst, who was the Peter Alliss of golf before Peter Alliss.
“He pottered around between the 10th and 18th holes and spoke a lot of the people playing and then presented the prizes and the wheelchair later on.”
Following the day’s events and evening meal an auction was held by former ITV Anglia sports presenter Stuart Jarrold, with 12 lots donated such as rounds of golf from other clubs, an iPod Touch and meals at local restaurants.
Mr Johns added: “It exceeded all expectations, there were a lot of generous donations, so I was very pleased with the way it went.
“The whole day went very smoothly. I thought £10,000 would be a brilliant amount to raise so £12,000 is just super.”
The 27-team afternoon competition was won by a team from Farthingstone Hotel and Golf Course in Northamptonshire, with Eaton’s men’s captain Terry Hewitt joining ladies’ captain Debbie to thank all that entered.
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