RIP Ray Clemence, 1948-2020

It is with great sadness that we report the death of one of our greatest supporters and ex-Captains, Ray Clemence, who died on Saturday, November 14th.

Ray was diagnosed with cancer in 2005 and had been battling the disease bravely for the last fifteen years.

His distinguished career in football included five league titles and three European Cups with Liverpool between 1967 and 1981. He also lifted the FA Cup, League Cup and two Uefa Cups during his time at Anfield.

In total, he made 470 league appearances for Liverpool before joining Tottenham. During his seven-year spell at Spurs, Clemence helped the club retain the FA Cup in 1982 and clocked up 330 appearances.

The legendary goalkeeper, capped by England on 61 occasions, also worked on the north London club’s coaching staff and was inducted into the Tottenham Hotspur Hall of Fame in November 2014.

He made his England debut in 1972 and spent the majority of his 11-year international career in a battle with Peter Shilton for the number-one shirt.

He captained the Three Lions for the first and only time in a narrow defeat to Brazil at Wembley in 1981 and later took up the role of goalkeeper coach with the Football Association.

He was Captain of the Variety Club Golf Society in 2009.

2020-11-16T10:33:29+00:00November 16th, 2020|

Jamie’s Blog

I hope you are keeping safe and well. On behalf of Variety Golf, the Children’s Charity, thank you so much for supporting us this year.

It’s obviously been a challenging twelve months and with the start of our season delayed until the middle of July, we’ve had a jam-packed schedule. Having said that, every event has been a ‘sell out’ and I am delighted to say that we are on course to have presented twelve Sunshine Coaches in the six months from July to December. An amazing result bearing in mind the challenges we have had to overcome.

Rather than just give up when the Covid problem was first announced, we have worked on the basis of planning our events in advance knowing that we might have to re-schedule or even cancel them later. This has worked well for us and we intend to carry on working in the same way during the winter months and into 2021. I know we can rely on you for the same magnificent support going forward.

As things stand, we still have our Christmas Lunch, hosted by our President, Jimmy Tarbuck, at the Richmond Club on December 9th and, in the light of the second lockdown announced this week, we can only hope it will still happen. We have two Sunshine Coaches lined up to present and, if all goes well, it will be a really fun occasion and help to round up our year’s fundraising on a high note. Again, thank you all very much and I hope to see you very soon.

2020-11-04T10:44:54+00:00November 4th, 2020|

November Prize Draw

Our Captain, Len Goodman, drew out the names at the prizegiving of our last official event of the season, The Sir Bruce Forsyth Trophy at Sunningdale. The five prize winners were:

1st PRIZE: Apple I-Pad (kindly sponsored by Joe Hemani) – David Murrell

2nd PRIZE: Golf for 3 at Sandy Lodge GC with Jamie Little – Stuart Bell

3rd PRIZE: 9-Hole Playing lesson with Samantha Head – Wally Downes

4th PRIZE: £100 Gift Voucher at Complete Golfer – Steve Daniels

5th PRIZE: Two Dozen Titliest Pro V1 Variety Golf Balls – Steve Coppell

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The Sir Bruce Forsyth Trophy


Best Team:

84 Points – David Harris, Michael Dick, Martin Archer & Harry Redknapp

Individual Scores: 

1st Place and Winner of the Sir Bruce Forsyth Trophy: Gavin Hawes (39 Points)

2nd Place: Jeremy Curtis (36 Points)

3rd Place:  Daniel Sims (35 Points) & Eddy Garty (35 Points)

This year our Sir Bruce Forsyth Trophy was played at Sunningdale on the famous Old Course.  This very special event was kindly sponsored by Daniel Sims.

Once again we were honoured to have Lady Wilnelia Forsyth both playing and also presenting the Sir Bruce Forsyth Trophy. Despite some rain in the morning, the course was in superb condition and we were thoroughly looked after by Sunningdale.

Lady Wilnelia also presented a Sunshine Coach to Willow Dene School, the only special school in Greenwich which meets the needs of children aged 2-16. It was a wonderful finale to our season and we are delighted to confirm that we will be back at Sunningdale next year for the Sir Bruce Forsyth Trophy.

2020-11-04T10:20:22+00:00November 4th, 2020|

“Winter Pop Ups”

Here’s a new idea! We thought we’d run some ‘Pop-Up’ events to keep us swinging during the Winter months.

These won’t be like our normal events – they’ll be arranged at short notice to take advantage of any spells of sunshine we might be lucky enough to get between now and when our proper season starts next March.

You might only get a few days’ notice but, if you’re free, you’ll be welcome! We’ll just charge the best group green fee we can negotiate with a bit on top to make sure our charity makes a small profit – no frills, no meals, no auctions, no entertainment, no prizes – just 18 holes at one of our great golf courses.

I’ll let you know by e-mail when these opportunities ‘pop-up’ – all you have to do is tell me you’d like to play, pay and turn up!

Numbers could be anything from ten to thirty, we might be playing in two or four-balls, it doesn’t matter – and, anyway, we won’t know until we try!

So, keep your eyes on the weather forecasts and look out for your first ‘Winter Pop-Up’ invitation. As soon as there is a dry spell, you’ll be the first to hear.

2020-11-04T10:14:05+00:00November 4th, 2020|

9th Annual Jamie’s Charity Pro-Am

The 9th Annual Jamie’s Charity Pro-am Was Played at The Grove on Saturday 24th October

The event was a complete sell out with 24 teams on a two tee start, with each team consisting of 3 amateurs accompanied by a Tour Professional from either the European Tour, Seniors Tour or Ladies European Tour. We were so lucky with the weather, as the rain came in just 20 mins after the last game finished – so it was timed to perfection. Perhaps somebody upstairs is really looking down on us!

With everybody’s support, we exceeded our expectations and managed to raise £17,352 from the online auction, plus an additional £3,760 to make a GRAND TOTAL OF £21,112 raised at the event!

I am delighted to say that, with the funds raised from this event together with my 2019 Charity Pro- Am, we will be presenting another Sunshine Coach to a Special Needs School very soon.

The team prize was won with an outstanding score of 97 points with Team Professional from the European Tour, David Dixon, playing with Daniel West, Lenny Rosso and Christian Matthews (all good friends of mine for many years from Moor Park GC).

I was especially pleased to see a very old friend of mine from the European Tour, Richard McEvoy, win the leading Pro Individual Trophy with a sensational 66 (-6 under par).  A couple of years ago Richard won his maiden Tour title at the 2018 Porsche European Open, beating Bryson DeChambeau down the stretch!

Please see some team photos and scores below.

Next week, I will be sending out a WINTER SCHEDULE OF EVENTS where we hope to run 1-2 events each month from November through til February to keep some fun golf going at some good winter courses.  The first event is SAM’S VARIETY CHRISTMAS GOLF DAY which is being played at Essendon GC on Thursday 19th of November.

2020-10-26T09:18:33+00:00October 26th, 2020|

Variety Golf News – 19th October 2020

On Wednesday, we hosted our first Strictly Come Golfing event at Knole Park GC in Sevenoaks and what a great day we had! The weather stayed dry, the atmosphere in the Clubhouse was fantastic and Knole Park really did accommodate us so well. Such a beautiful place to play golf and with over 2,000 deer who live in the Knole Park Estate, they certainly graced us with some special views (see pic below).

The winning team was Roger de Courcey, Tony Negal, Saleem Chaudhry & Anthony Trafford with 91 points winning by a single point and beating Liam Brady & his guests into second place with 90 points, and with 89 points and claiming third place was Steve Coppell, David Harris, John Griffin & Alan Robinson.

Our last year’s Captain Adger Brown did exceptionally well in the Auction and was on top form entertaining us so well and we managed to raise in excess of £17,000 which was fantastic and will go towards our next Sunshine Coach.

We also presented a Sunshine Coach to the Brooklands School (who are based in Reigate). Their headteacher, Debbie, made a lovely and emotional speech and told us how much this Coach would mean to their students who suffer with severe or profound multiple learning difficulties, including Autism. This Coach is their first with wheelchair access, so they are especially excited to now be able to transport their students who use wheelchairs.

Our next event is actually my 9th Jamie’s Annual Charity Pro-Am at the Grove on Saturday 24th October and I have some fantastic Tour Pros from the European Tour, Ladies European Tour, Seniors Tour and Challenge Tour. I have 1 team spot which has become available – so if you are interested, please let me know ASAP. For this event I am running an ONLINE AUCTION which is LIVE now and will run until 7pm on Saturday 24th October, I have worked really hard on some special auction items which aren’t available normally so please click on the link below and take a look and make a bid if you can. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Jamie’s Charity Pro AM

2020-10-19T09:40:47+01:00October 19th, 2020|

October Prize Draw

Please note the October Prize Draw was drawn out at The Chairman’s Trophy Prize-Giving yesterday at The Richmond GC  by our Captain Len Goodman. The October prize winners are below and big thanks to ANTHONY TRAFFORD who is sponsoring the 1st Prize which was an Apple SE iPhone.






2020-10-04T10:05:37+01:00October 4th, 2020|

Chairman’s Trophy

Hope you are all keeping safe and well.

We had a fantastic day yesterday at The Richmond Golf Club for The Chairman’s Trophy which was kindly sponsored by our Chairman Pip Burley and Mike Spanswick. A great day was had by all and with a record attendance of 92 golfers yesterday, it really enabled us to raise even more much needed funds for the Children and in fact we nearly raised enough for a Sunshine coach with a staggering £23,000 raised on the day!! The Richmond GC really looked after us and with their fantastic marquee attached to the Clubhouse we were able to have 92 golfers eating Dinner together safely and some great entertainment from Ian Irving who also conducted a very successful auction too.

The winning team was actually won by Ian Irving, Raj Sandhu, Ron Winchester and David Horwood by 2 points with 93 points and theSir Henry Cooper Belt (kindly donated by Neil Bookatz) was won by Ron Winchester with a sensational 45 points!!

2020-10-04T09:44:44+01:00October 4th, 2020|

Jamie’s Blog

Hope you are all keeping safe and well.

After such a fantastic Captains Day at the start of the month at The Wildernesse, we continued the momentum with our next two events  being complete sell outs at two stunning golf courses, the Autumn Meeting at West Hill, which was sponsored by Gavin Hawes & Lawrence Brown, and then last week for our President’s Day at New Zealand, sponsored by Anthony Trafford. As always, we are truly grateful to all our sponsors, especially in these challenging times, because without you some of these events just simply wouldn’t happen.  But, just as importantly, huge thanks to all of our wonderful members who have been supporting all of our events so well during this really strange and difficult year.  That’s how we’ve kept going, raising funds for our charity, when many others simply gave up.

2020-09-29T06:51:07+01:00September 29th, 2020|
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