Teeing off for charity

Peter Robert's, Linda Crofts and Hilda Hope at the MS Golf Day in Westhoughton
Peter Robert's, Linda Crofts and Hilda Hope at the MS Golf Day in Westhoughton
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A WIGAN golf club raised £5,000 for charity during their annual tournament.

The event, was organised by former headteacher Oliver Keenan held at Hart Common Golf Club in Westhoughton to boost cash for research into Multiple sclerosis.

Irish born Oliver, 66, began running the event six years ago after losing his wife to the disease.

Throughout the six years, the competition has raised £30,000 for the M.S Society UK.

Previously, Mr Keenan was headteacher at St Marie’s Primary School in Standish before retiring in 2001 to look after his wife.

He said: “We were blessed with nice weather on the day, 146 people all took part and they all enjoyed it.

“Dave Battersby and Jack Crompton came in first place with 44 points.

“Dave Pimlett and Paul Rushby came in second with 41 points. Steve Slater and Keith Sutherland came third with 39 points.”

Peter Roberts, offers the course for free for the day after his father died from the MS disease.

Mr Keenan said: “We hope to run the competition again next year because it’s growing and growing as the years go on.

“It’s a very good course and a good test of golf.”

Mr Keenan would like to thank Peter Roberts and his family for all of their help over the years and he sends his kindest regards to all pupils past and present at St Marie’s Primary School.