The ingredients of successful charity golf day!

23 September 2022 |   Michelle Baker

A charity golf day is all about raising donations for a good cause, however when it comes to a Slip! Slap! Swing! in September golf day, equally important to the Melanoma Fund is achieving our charitable objectives, bringing people together, and ensuring they have lots of fun.

Our second big golf day didn’t disappoint! The event was organised at Faversham Golf Club, teaming up with the captain, Phil Dott who selected the Melanoma Fund as his 2022 charity. Nestled into the rolling unspoiled Kent countryside, the club is quite simply one of the loveliest golf courses in the southeast of England, and so we were delighted to have this as our venue.

Phil agreed to position the event as his captain’s charity golf day, a brilliant idea that provided us an opportunity to avoid overheads and generate involvement from established members and visiting teams, instead of us having to generate teams from scratch.

To ensure we created awareness of our mission around skin cancer detection, a ran a pre-booked skin check clinic, hosted by Slip! Slap! Swing! ambassador, skin specialist, and keen golfer, Dr. Tony Buckland. Out of 12 people who presented ‘something worrying’, four were diagnosed with Basal Cell Carcinoma, and clear instructions to visit their own GP immediately, which made this a very worthwhile exercise.

After player registration, raffle tickets, goodie bags, bacon roll, coffee, ‘beat the pro’ sign-up, and natter on strategy, 22 mixed teams of 4 headed out on a warm sunny afternoon, casting a final eye on the magnificent Harry Townsend Memorial Trophy, and the heaving table of winner’s goodies, donated by our generous sponsors.

Whilst the golfers played, thanks to a team of staff, and some amazing volunteers, the clubhouse became a hive of activity, getting ready to welcome the troops back to raffle prizes, a two-course dinner, drinks, speeches, the final prize giving, and of course the all-important fundraising auction.

Four hours later, the clatter of clubs, mixed with jokes and laughter from newly cemented comradeship filtered across the fairway. With 9 players beating the Pro; Ryder Cup winner Paul Way, there were plenty of happy faces and stories of the bogeys, the eagles, birdies, and the putt that got away.

The event was a stunning success, not only for the Melanoma Fund but for Faversham Golf Club, raising over £5,300 in donations, and creating some exceptional memories for all involved.


1ST PLACE WINNERS:  Team Downes (sponsored by YUMAX Golf)

  • The Harry Townsend Memorial Trophy
  • Four Bushnell Edge GPS Watches donated by YUMAX Golf
  • Four bottles of Liquid Diamond processo

2ND PLACE WINNERS: Team Williams (sponsored by Oak Compliance Marketing)

  • Fourball voucher for Lamberhurst Golf Club
  • Four bottles of Liquid Diamond prosecco

3RD PLACE WINNERS: Team M. Fullager (sponsored by GingerMay)

  • Fourball voucher for Walmer & Kingsdown Golf Club
  • Four bottles of Liquid Diamond prosecco

Nearest the Pin: Hole 3: Peter White; Hole 9: Jim Connolly; Hole 13: Sam Woolfe; Hole 16: Tony Petts

Beat the Pro Overall Winner: Robin Fullager

Say’s Phil Dott; “I am proud to be Captain of Faversham Golf Club supporting Melanoma Fund, which is such a worthy and relevant cause. I am so proud of how the club pulled together and of everyone who assisted me on the day to ensure the smooth running of our charity day.

Many thanks go to my wife Kelly, daughter Beth and good friend Jill Petts, as well as all the help and support received from Melanoma Fund, particularly Michelle Baker. Thanks also go to general manager, Paul Smith and assistant manager, Jo Tandy, our tallented chef Kevin Riley, and the hardworking bar team led by Jo Hadley.

Essential was the support of our generous sponsors, including Callaway Golf, Belle & Wilde for the amazing brownies, Fenwicks for the goodie bags, all the kind donations of free accomodation, for the clubs that offered exciting fourballs, and to all the teams for making this a truly successful day.

Final thanks must go to Paul Way for agreeing to participate, and talk to so many people, and to our wonderful team of greenkeepers, led of Rob Clark, for presenting the course in such great condition.”

Fancy hosting Slip! Slap! Swing! 2023?

THANK YOU to Phill Dott and all at Faversham Golf club from ALL at the Melanoma Fund for this amazing day, and all the other events you are organising to help support us, including the ladies captains’ day looming on October 4th.

If you are looking forward to golf club captaincy and would like to discuss making the Melanoma Fund your club charity, and at the same time host Slip! Slap! Swing! in September 2023, contact Michelle Baker HERE and we can let you how we can support you right back!