Wales Golf Club News 20th Aug, 2019 by ukclubgolfer.co.uk
The charity competition, set up in 2014 to remember amateur golfer and aspiring professional Daniel Jones, who sadly lost his life to suicide, will donate all proceeds to local mental health charity Torfaen Mind.
Having already raised £15,000 over the course of five years, Daniel’s brother and organiser of the golf day says the event has already achieved a lot. “Since Daniel’s passing, in October 2014 it was myself and three of Dan’s close friends that decided to get a golf day organised to remember Daniel and we adopted our local charity Torfaen Mind as our partners,” Daneil told UK Club Golfer.
“We completed that first charity golf day and now we are on to our sixth event this year and it seems to be getting bigger and bigger. We have now raised thousands of pounds and have unveiled a therapy unit in Blaenavon, South Wales named after Daniel. It is a drop-in centre providing free and subsidised counselling services to those suffering with mental health issues. That funding has come from us doing the golf days.
“In some respects, the event has been like counseling for me. It helps you come to terms with the fact your brother is no longer around and you try and embrace the occasion and you can see all the happiness and stories.”
Suicide is the biggest killer of men between the ages of 20 and 49 and there are around 6,000 suicides in the UK every year. Darren Jones is keen to use the platform of the charity event to tackle the stigma surrounding mental health.
“I believe maybe the embarrassment and maybe Daniel didn’t feel like a man to confront these issues. He just wasn’t comfortable to speak about it and confide in people or seek professional help. He kept his emotions bottled up and unfortunately and tragically he lost his life because of this.”
Those attending the charity day will be in for a busy afternoon with a Texas scramble format planned, alongside a dinner, an auction and live entertainment.
“It’ll be a real happy atmosphere during the whole day. At the forefront it tells the story of Daniel and, ultimately, the people that we have helped in the last six years who have really relied upon the help and support that wouldn’t be possible without the money raised.”
The auction is to see some top items go up for sale with Graeme McDowell’s former coach, Clive Tucker, offering a golf day consisting of lessons, trackman training and an 18-hole round for the second year running. Alongside Tucker’s prize that sold for £700 at last year’s event, numerous items signed by Rory McIlroy will also make an appearance.
“We have now reached a wider network of people who have seen the story and there’s other golf clubs who have wanted to come and play with us because they feel an association with it.
“People like Clive Tucker getting in touch and wanting to help out is just amazing. The response has been incredible and everyone has been so kind and that’s very humbling for me.”