Record win in charity golf day for little Jack

THE winners of a charity golf tournament notched up a record score this year, finishing the day 12 under par.

The annual golf day is organised by Dave Blunsdon and Karen Varny of Berriedale Drive, Sompting, in memory of their son Jack, who died on his first birthday from the rare muscle-wasting disease myotubular myopathy.

This year, the contest raised more than £2,300 for the Myotubular Trust, a charity funding research into a cure for the disease.

“We run the tournament each year because it is a very good cause which is obviously very close to our hearts,” said Dave.

“It helps raise much-needed cash to fund the genetic research being carried out on into the condition.

“If the money raised helps to fund a breakthrough into curing or at least limiting the effects the condition, so that other poor little boys and their families don’t have to suffer like we did with Jack, it will be worth it.”

The event is always well supported, and this year match funding of £500 each from Barclays Bank, Lloyds Banks and Boots has really boosted the fundraising efforts.

This year, 48 players took part in the competition at Mannings Heath golf club on July 5th.

The winning team, A Few Good Men, included father and son Mick and Ashley Hefford, Paul Brown and Andy McCarthy, and they finished the day 12 under par.

Ashley Hefford, 27, is Dave’s next door neighbour.

“It’s great to have a golf day like this for the charity because they do such a good job,” he said.

Ashley said he had enjoyed some good banter with the other players on what had been a great day.

Dave’s sister Lynne Stoner won a trophy for landing nearest to the pin and Sam Bond and Aaron Heslop won the longest-drive competition.

The Empire Club in Lancing sponsored the trophies and provided live entertainment in the evening.

Myotubular myopathy is a genetic condition which affects one baby in 900,000.

Symptoms of the disease occur only in boys, but girls can carry the gene which causes it.