WEYMOUTH Golf Club ran their annual charity week of matches for the 30th year, taking the total of the funds raised over the period to more than £200,000.

The hundreds of golfers from Dorset clubs and beyond enjoyedboth good weather and a course in excellent condition, it having benefited from several improvements in recent years.

Six competitions graced the charity week, including four-ball betterball, mixed, ladies, seniors, a bowmaker and a scramble.

Dave Thomas and Paul McKeown won the four-ball betterball while Sue Stroudley, Caroline Tapster, Dave Clark and Chris Baker took victory in the mixed. Pat Ray, Carol Freeman, Elaine Rockingham and Gill Corben claimed the ladies’ event, adding to Martin Sharpe, Mike Houston, Alan Bates and Laurence Bean’s success in the seniors.

Malcolm Read, Gary Litten, Alan Winter and Bean won the bowmaker and Michael Capaldi, Stuart McGilvary, Derek McKay and Bobby Hope clinched the scramble win.

Before and after their attempts to win one of the many prizes on offer, the players were able to enjoy the hospitality of the club’s bar and the Hardy View restaurant, both being open to the public throughout the year. For those in need of refreshment during their round a welcome awaited them at the Half-Way Hut.

With the monies raised over the decades the club has supported local schools, nurseries, playgroups and retirement homes. The club is particularly keen to help individuals with handicaps and illnesses requiring specialist equipment to enable them to lead a more rewarding life.

To this end, recent recipients of donations from the club have included MV Freedom, a local youngster’s medical needs and a much needed wet room adaptation. This year’s main charity is the new Weymouth branch of Cycling Without Age which provides recreational mobility for seniors and the disabled in the form of volunteer-piloted trishaw rides.