The Toby Allnutt Memorial Golf Day is a fun (and Jagermeister) filled day of golf in aid of CALM, in memory of all round legend Toby Allnutt. We caught up with Toby’s brother Mark to get the low down on what to expect at the 4th Memorial this Saturday 28 July…
Looks like an excellent day out Mark! Tell us about Toby.
My brother, Toby sadly passed away in December 2014. Toby was the eldest of three brothers and loved sports. He was a season ticket holder at Chelsea, and had a season ticket at Surrey Cricket club too – there probably wasn’t a sport he didn’t watch. He also ran several half and full marathons for a number of charities – an absolute legend!
I decided a Golf Day was a good way of raising money and awareness all while remembering Tobes. The first year in 2015 we had 22 golfers and this year we’ll have 84. It was Toby’s 40th just over two weeks before he passed away and he was given a new set of Golf clubs for his birthday from his wife, which he only used once, so I get to use his clubs every year, although I can imagine he isn’t impressed with my golfing prowess.
I get to use his clubs every year, although I can imagine he isn’t impressed with my golfing prowess.
Is it for decent players?
Not at all and that’s the best thing about it! We do have a couple of Pro Golfers attending but we also have Golfers who have only played a handful of rounds before. We use a Stableford scoring system which provides a level playing field so everyone is in with a chance of winning. If you want a good laugh on a Saturday afternoon, surrounded by a good bunch of people, a few beers and chance of winning the Wooden spoon then The Toby Allnutt Memorial Golf Day is a bit of you.
The first tee is always a good laugh, watching people take their first drive with an audience of about 40 blokes all trying to put you off. Last year saw one of the boys Chad who fancies himself as a bit of a good player, see his ball nearly go behind him when he teed off – a year on and he still hasn’t heard the end of it. We look forward to having Chad open our Golf Day this year, we might even Instagram live his first drive.
The first tee is always a good laugh, watching people take their first drive with an audience of about 40 blokes all trying to put you off.
What’s the atmosphere like?
It’s about getting friends old and new together and having a lot of fun. Each year we have a couple of friends drive drinks buggies around the course, people whatsapp them their hole number when they want refreshments – they are very busy men. They’re stocked up with well over 300 beers and several bottles of Jagermeister.
The day carries on well in to the night and usually ends up in Wimbledon, where at 3am you can usually find a few of the boys asleep either at bus stops or in a fast food establishment.
How do we get involved?
Absolutely anybody, our motto is very much more the merrier! The age range last year was between 18-68 years old. We would love to have some fellow CALM supporters come down to get involved.
Interested? Email Mark at [email protected] More info here.
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