Super Leagues Best Golfer 2014
Celebrating its third birthday this year Super Leagues Best Golfer saw 28 of the games biggest names descend upon Cookridge Hall in Leeds to compete for the one title they all want the bragging rights too.
Since launching the event close friends Super League Legend Richard Mathers and Cookridge Hall Golf Club General Manager Gary Day, retained their ambition of making the event not only successful but to grow it every year. After yet another hugely successful event their ambitions certainly seem to be coming to fruition having seen an impressive line up of Super League players, huge media coverage and an abundance of teams entered for the 2014 event.
“It has been extremely hard work in the run up to the event” Day commented, whilst plans started back in November of last year, it always becomes chaos as we near the day with training schedules changing and injuries ruling players out. I suppose it’s the nature of the beast we are dealing with as Richie and I watched each and every game in the run up to the day praying the lads didn’t take a knock and have to withdraw”.
“The response from the players this year has been fantastic” Mathers added, personally I was overwhelmed by the support the lads put forward and although I know they want to win this event it is great for me to see so many of my friends supporting the event.
Super Leagues Best Golfer remains a unique event where fans are invited to enter teams to play alongside players from their respective supported teams, this year saw Danny McGuire, Ryan Hall, Gareth Ellis, Bennie Westwood and of course Richie Mathers all competing, it provides a great opportunity to rub shoulders with and chat all things Super League, this years event certainly bodes well for 2015.
Whilst the purpose of the event is to identify the best golfer for the year, Mathers and Day place a great deal of emphasis of raising funds for charity. Previous years Joining Jack and Childrens Ward L42 at LGI have been the benefactors with in excess of £3k being split between both great causes. This year shall prove no different as the event proudly supports The Steve Prescott Foundation and St Gemmas Hospice.
The event received a huge boost only weeks prior to the event, when Hull based Martin Dixon Ltd, owned by father of Castleford Tiger, Kirk Dixon proudly sponsored the event. Martin’s involvement not only raised the profile of the event further but helped significantly in raising funds for both charities as did Sytner Audi of Wakefield whom donated a prize of an Audi A6 for the weekend promptly won by Leeds Rhinos Ryan Hall in the popular chipping competition across the 18th lake.
With the TV cameras rolling it was left to Danny Kirmond, Wakefield Wildcats Captain to strike the first shot and get the event underway.
As you would imagine a competitive afternoon ensued with Tommy Lee setting the early pace having covered his first nine holes in level par only to falter comig down the stretch to return 31 points. Jordan Tansey of Castleford Tigers started the event as one of the favourites and led in the clubhouse with 38 points only to be pipped by a virgin Super Leagues Best Golfer James Donaldson. Donaldson having recently left Bradford Bulls for Hull KR discovered only hours earlier he was entered for the event and like a true champion returned 42 points to take the honours.
For the record Richard Mathers put in a sterling performance and alongside his playing partner and good friend Danny McGuire both returned a respectable 30 pts.
To close the evening Cookridge Hall welcomed BBC’s Tanya Arnold who hosted the evenings presentation and interviews announcing that the event had raised is excess of £3,000 for both charities. As the event continues to go from strength to strength we look forward already to 2015.