Ralph James works closely with a number of chosen charities within our local community, and one of the organisations closest to our heart is the RGS Foundation. On Monday 26 September, 48 golfers braved the wind, rain, hills and heather for the ninth annual RGS Professionals Charity Golf Day at the Royal Ashdown Old Course. Ralph James were proud to co-sponsor this event with Morr & Co and we’d like to thank the generosity of the players, who helped us raise an incredible £11,840.
In true Ralph James style, we couldn’t resist capturing the day on camera.
An additional thank you to Max Chilton for joining the Ralph James team!
An overview of the day.
“Having caught up with friends and fuelled by coffee and bacon rolls, teams set off to their various holes for a 10am shotgun start.
The Thunderball Challenge proved popular again, although all but three teams donated their yellow balls to the Sussex countryside! The winning team was Stephen Cahill (parent), Craig Burgess and Richard Leutsche. The nearest-the-pin competition on the 6th hole went to James Espin, while the longest drive competition on the 12th hole went to Molly Moore. Congratulations to them both. At the 14th hole, players were invited to take up the Par 3 Challenge – to get their ball onto the green (without bouncing or rolling on or off) in one shot. The gusty conditions, appearance of maintenance staff working in the bunker behind the pin and the odd spurt of water due to air in the irrigation system, made this challenge particularly interesting! Indeed, less than 20% of players achieved this and took home a goody bag of wine and beer.
Back at the clubhouse, players donned some dry clothes ready for a sumptuous three-course dinner.
Congratulations go to the team competition winners, James Espin (whose trophy cabinet will be positively bursting after this event!), Tyrone Long, Geraint Watkins (RGS 1989-1997) and Aaron Simmons (RGS 1989-1997).”
1675 Bursary Fund
Changing Lives for those whose potential is far greater than their financial means…
For those who aren’t familiar with the Changing Lives campaign, the initial campaign launched in January 2014 with a goal of raising £1 million by 2016 – to enable 20 Changing Lives bursary students to attend Reigate Grammar School. This was achieved one year early. To celebrate the school’s 350th anniversary in 2025 we set ourselves a target of having fifty fully-funded Changing Lives bursary students in the school at any one time. With the help of sponsors, donations and fundraising, RGS Foundation have achieved this three years early! Indeed, they currently have fifty-five 1675 Scholars in the school. To date the organisation has raised over £8.2m and have supported 79 children with life-changing bursaries.