Fourth year for successful charity golf day

Shaun Johnson and Karen Latty at last year's Figs Golf Challenge Day at Harrogate Golf Club.
Shaun Johnson and Karen Latty at last year's Figs Golf Challenge Day at Harrogate Golf Club.

Agroup of friends who set up a charity golf day in memory of their golfing partner have this year chosen to raise funds for a Harrogate boy who suffers from Hunter Syndrome.

Now in its fourth year, the Figs Golf Challenge –which takes place at Harrogate Golf Club on September 14 – has so far raised £15,000 for local causes, including Martin House Children’s Hospice near Boston Spa, The Aidan Jude Wray Trust (provision of grants to Macmillan Nurses), the Special Care Baby Unit at Harrogate Hospital and Saint Michael’s Hospice in Harrogate.

The golf challenge was first put on in 2009 in memory of Philip Latty – know as Figs –who died in September 2008, by his old golfing friends. It was such a success that it has grown into an annual event.

Figs’s wife Karen said: “We try to help people locally who are very ill and need support. This year we are raising money for Ryan, who has a severe form of Hunter’s and can no longer eat, drink, talk or walk. It is a life-limiting degenerative disorder that causes progressive physical and learning disabilities. It’s heart-wrenching.”

The day consists of 24 teams of four playing the course during the day, with an evening meal an dawards ceremony afterwards. It has become such a success that there is now a waiting list for places.

Organiser Shaun Johnson wished to thank sponsors Cardale Asset Management, The Harlow Inn and Wrayways.