Still time to tee off in first annual Lord Mayor’s Golf Day

Top picture caption: (L-R) - John Grimbleby, Hon Secretary of the Leeds & District Union of Golf Clubs, Nigel Sweet, operations manager Wike Ridge Golf Club, the Lord Mayor of Leeds Councillor Thomas Murray, Lady Mayoress Edna Murray, Paul Blackburn, president of the Leeds & District Union of Golf Clubs and Verlie McCann, chair of the Leeds Children's Charity.

Bottom picture caption: The Lord Mayor of Leeds Councillor Thomas Murray (right of picture), will be hosting the first ever Lord Mayor’s Golf Day tournament on May 1.

Time is running out for keen golfers in the city to see their names at the top of the leaderboard in the first ever Lord Mayor’s Golf Day tournament.

Held in support of the Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Thomas Murray’s LOFFTY charity and the Silverdale Holiday Centre, participants have the chance as part of a four-person team, to claim the bragging rights against rival line-ups over 18 holes at the Wike Ridge Championship Golf Course.

Held on May 1, 20 teams have already signed up to be involved in the competition, which will also include on the day a chance to win a number of big prizes and take part in fun challenges.

Included in the £350 entry fee per team will be lunch and dinner for all participants and the opportunity to test their mettle in a ‘Beat the Pro’ challenge, a putting contest and indoor Par 3 simulator competition.

Only one ladies team has signed up for the tournament as yet, and the Lord Mayor is keen to see the fantastic golfing skills of women in the city showcased at the event.

For further details around the event, please contact by email: lordmayorsoffice@leeds.gov.uk or telephone: 0113 2474194.

The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Thomas Murray said:

"We have had a fantastic response so far with 20 teams signing up, but the good news is that there is still time to enter a line-up in the first annual Lord Mayor’s Golf Day in aid of my LOFFTY charity and Silverdale Holiday Centre.

"As part of the entry fee, participants will not only have the chance to battle it out over 18 holes at the fantastic Wike Ridge golf course, they will also be provided with a great lunch and dinner, and be given the opportunity to win prizes and take part in a number of fun challenges.

"There is a real wealth of golfing talent in Leeds, and I am surprised that, as yet, only one ladies team has signed up to take part and showcase their skills. It would be great if, on May 1, we have a number of ladies teams battling it out to take the honours at the event."

Notes to editors:

The key aim of the LOFFTY project, which stands for ‘Leeds Offers Fun For The Young’, is to raise funds that will provide additional fun activities for kids in the city during and after school, at weekends and throughout the school holidays.

Silverdale Holiday Centre -Leeds Children’s Holiday Camp Association has been providing free holidays/respite to disadvantaged children aged 7 to 11 years for over 100 years. The Lady Mayoress of Leeds is the President of the charity by rite of her Civic position and tradition, subject to her consent.

From March until September every year, 300 holiday places are allocated to children who enjoy a five-day break by the sea. The centre provides respite for children who are disadvantaged for various reasons, including poverty, neglect, abuse, disability, homelessness, victims of domestic violence, children who are young carers, those who are in foster or social care, and children from vulnerable ethnic minority groups.

For media enquiries, please contact;

Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578

Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk