Charlies Trophy  – Breaks through the £100k mark!


124 golfers competed for the 7th Charlies Trophy an annual charity golf day. This year six charities were nominated to benefit -British Heart Foundation, RTS Support Group, Cystic Fibrosis Comfort Fund, CATCH Project Citizens Advice Teignbridge, Torbay Holidays Helpers Network & RC of Newton Abbot.

The golf day is named after the organiser Martin Smiths grandson Charlie Lawlor, who has a condition called Rubinstein-Taybi Syndrome [RTS].A Texas scramble format was used this year and proved very popular. The winner’s local business Sherwood’s led by Kevin Wiltshire and Jamie Bonner won with 55.4 on countback to System6 Kitchens team 5. Third place were Dusters with a score of 55.2, System6 team 2, Brites 1 and Charles Darrow very close behind.

The day raised just over £16,000 at sunny Dainton Park Golf Club a closely contested Snooting competition (Putting) was won by Coot Scootz putting all the balls down in 41 seconds.

Organiser Martin Smith said “Another amazing year, the total money raised since the first Charlies Trophy in 2013 stood at £84,500 to have now gone through the £100k makes all the hard work by my daughters Emma & Becky and myself worthwhile. It would not be possible without the generosity and support of so many people particularly the sponsors and the auctioneering skills of Will Smith of Complete Property. Over £4000 was raised in the auction with fantastic donated lots such as a two-day trip to Paris, overnight stays at Bovey Castle & Salcombe Harbour hotels.

The big winners are of course the charities, Charlies Trophy have now supported around 20 different charities mainly local as well as Charlies support group. I have a week to catch my breath before I start asking for support for Newton Abbot Rotary Clubs Golf day on Friday September 20th 2019"


The 8th Charlies Trophy will be staged again at Dainton Park on Friday September 18th 2020.

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