Sentinel Charity Golf competitions cancelled due to coronavirus pandemic



The Sentinel Charity Golf competitions have been cancelled following the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

The committee were expecting a huge amount of interest in the cup and shield competitions, which were due to be played throughout the summer.

However, with a host of sports being called off because of Covid-19, the decision has now been taken to follow suit.

Competitions secretary, Vanda Gibbons, said: “As the severity of the current situation hits home, it is with great regret that I inform you that a decision has been made to cancel The Sentinel Charity Golf Competitions for this year.

“This comes at a time when, as a committee, we were welcoming new members with fresh ideas and looking to build on the success of the competition.

“I would like to thank my fellow committee members for their untiring enthusiasm and hard work and to everyone else for their support and understanding.

“I wish you, and your families, all the best in the challenging months ahead.”

Last year’s competitions proved, once again, to be a huge success, with £3,000 being donated to charity.

The Stoke-on-Trent Foodbank, The Hubb Foundation, Bentilee Volunteers, Gingerbread Centre and Changes all received £600.

Representatives from all of the good causes were in attendance at a presentation evening at Greenway Hall.

James Vickers and Simon Smith retained their Sentinel Cup and Shield titles on finals day at Trentham Golf Club.

Vickers earned his third title in four years by beating Mark Lawton 3&1, while Smith ousted Paul Woodvine 4&2.

Lawton, who plays for Burslem, is the only person to have beaten Vickers in the Sentinel Cup in the last four years, having knocked him out of the 2017 quarter-finals on his way to winning the competition.

But there was to be no repeat as Crewe Golf Club player Vickers won a tight game.

The Shield final was also Burslem v Crewe but Burslem triumphed as Smith saw off Woodvine to add to his 2001 and 2018 titles.

The competitions were sponsored by Newcastle engineering firm KMF and Stone Driving Range.

Organisers were also grateful to Trentham for hosting the final and to Newcastle Golf Club for staging the semi-finals.

Keith Stubbs represented the Foodbank, Carol Shanahan and Adam Yates were in attendance on behalf of The Hubb, Alex Pitula and Gill McGovern represented Bentilee Volunteers, with Paul Deacon (Gingerbread Centre) and James Vernon (Changes) also present on the night.





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