Matt Keefe signs off at Rutland County with win

Matt and Vinny Keefe EMN-160517-114223001
Matt and Vinny Keefe EMN-160517-114223001

The MacMillan and Lakeland Hospice Charity Day was hosted and played last Saturday at Rutland Water Golf Club.

The annual stableford event, is now a regular fixture in the Rutland Water calendar and boasted a massive entry due to its popularity and recognition to help a worthy cause. With a total of 125 plus entrants, with the majority wearing pink, it was a fantastic turnout.

Organiser Vinny Keefe worked tirelessly with help from others, before and in the run up to the event, to make sure everything was planned down to the finest detail. Prizes included nearest the pins on all the par threes, longest drives, nearest the pin in two shots on a number of holes as well as overall prizes in member’s and visitor’s categories.

Vinny also challenged the field on the par three 12th hole to get inside his ball hit early that morning, resulting in an extra £500 made on the day, going to the charity. With the first group teeing off at 7.30am and continuing all the way through to 1pm, there was potential for some excellent scoring.

Chris Newton, teeing off early set the pace with a solid 39 points. An hour later, first team player Dan Rogers posted an excellent total of 41 points which was looking good enough to take victory, until Matt Keefe, Vinny’s son, returned an incredible 43 points. Matt who leaves this week for a full time job in Hong Kong, went out with a bang and played some scintillating golf. Playing off his 14 handicap, Matt recorded 11 pars and a birdie on the long par five 13th hole in some inconsistent, tricky weather conditions. Matt was delighted with the way he played, and it was a fitting farewell to the golf club

Matt said: “I’m delighted to win the event, but the main success for me is to raise money for a good cause.

“It feels strange knowing this time next week I’ll be in Hong Kong but really fitting to leave on a high, on a day organised by my dad and family. The whole day raised a total amount of £3,500 for charity so praise must go to everyone who contributed to make it a success.”