Simon on the Tee Charity Golf Event 2021
The weather is changing and the leaves are turning. Autumn is here. And with it, the return of the annual Simon on the Tee golf event, hosted by the very worthwhile charity ‘Simon on the Streets’.
As reigning champions of the event, it was our responsibility to round up a team to defend our title!
But who would step up to the plate? Only the fantastic 4; Joe, Oli, Dan and Arber.
A bacon roll consumed and with our raincoats on, we ventured out to the 1st tee for a group photo.
As the rain thumped against us, we awaited the sound of the horn to initiate the start.
*hoooot* And we’re off.
The team were off to a tremendous start, peppering green after green with incessant golf ball sized missiles. Par. Par. Par. Par.
The 5th hole stood dormant beneath the gloomy grey skyline. The ‘closest to the pin’ competition was staring the players in the face. 9 iron in hand, and with the first 3 players missing the green, Dan stepped up to the plate and proceeded to pure one to within 20 feet of the flag.
Another par all but guaranteed; dare we imagine the possibility of a birdie?
Arber approached his ball carrying his reputation as a clutch putter. The cameraman began recording. Surely, he couldn’t sink this one?
Boom. Clutch putt. The team are one under par and in dream land. A team of 4 who individually are happy if they hit a score under 100 over an 18-hole round.
As the round progressed, the same story rung true. Par after par. One bogey and 3 birdies meant the team finished at 2 under par.
‘Beat the Pro’ was on the 13th hole, our very own Oli Hebblethwaite took to the task like a duck to water; flying one high into the air and landing it on the green of the long par 3. Task complete. Oli would later donate the £10 he had won to Simon on the Streets. What a hero!
Joe ‘DeChambeau’ Witty once again took home the long drive trophy, soaring an extra 15-20 yards past the nearest challenger. Tee it high and let if fly!
The day closed with an excellent comedy set by Jed Stone which had the whole room in stitches. Trophies were awarded, money was raised, food was eaten and drink was consumed.
The money raised from the event will go towards emotional and practical support for homeless and vulnerable people to enable them to achieve their goals. More specifically, it will go towards funding for 2 new outreach workers, who Simon on the Streets have recently taken on due to the real increase in need for support for those on the streets.
ICC have previously supported Simon by sleeping rough for 1 night on the streets of Leeds, helping to raise money and awareness for this crucial charity.