Charity golf day in honour of Sir Tom

The Finney family at the Sir Tom Finney Tribute Dinner. Sir Tom's son and Preston Golf Club member Brian Finney, pictured third from right has given his blessing to a charity golf competition in honour of his father
The Finney family at the Sir Tom Finney Tribute Dinner. Sir Tom's son and Preston Golf Club member Brian Finney, pictured third from right has given his blessing to a charity golf competition in honour of his father
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Preston Golf Club is to host a charity competition in memory of PNE and England legend Sir Tom Finney.

It will take place on Sunday, August 17, with proceeds donated to the Pedders Lane-based Space Centre.

The tournament, which takes the form of a four-man team event and has a shotgun start, is being sponsored by Preston North End.

One of the organisers is Nigel Davey, greens chairman at Preston Golf Club.

Davey told the Evening Post: “We felt it would be fitting to hold an annual event in memory of Sir Tom Finney.

“We have got a lot of former PNE players who are members here and some of the current squad play here too.

“Sir Tom’s son Brian has been a member since 1995 and he has kindly given us his backing to stage the tournament.

“We have asked Brian which charity he would like us to donate the proceeds to, and he requested the Space Centre which is a very worthy cause.

“At Preston Golf Club we have a festival week in August and we felt having this event on the first Sunday would start the week off in grand style.

“The hope is that over the next few years this will develop into the ‘must-play’ open of the year locally.

“We are hoping to get a team of celebrities involved. The response so far has been very pleasing from both inside and outside the club, and we can take up to 80 competitors.

“The winning team will be presented with a limited edition glass etching of the ‘Splash’ which will be kept at the club.

“We are very excited about staging the competition and think it will capture the imagination of golfers.”

Entry to the Sir Tom Finney Memorial Trophy open tournament is £250 per team.

The price includes coffee and bacon rolls on arrival, and a carvery meal afterwards.

The shotgun start will be at 2pm.

To book online go to www.brsgolf.com/preston/opens_home.php or contact the Preston Golf Club secretary on 01772 700011.

Sir Tom passed away in February at the age of 91.