On the eve of the Ashes, former England cricket captain Mark Butcher hit his first hole-in-one to win a sensational new Mercedes-Benz A-Class at Burhill Golf Club.
Butcher, who played 71 tests between 1997 and 2004 and made almost 600 appearances for Surrey County, was among 64 participants in Kingston Grammar School’s recent Charity Golf Day, organised by Calum Giles, the School’s Hockey coach and resident Team GB Olympian.
Hosted by Olympic gold medal-winning rower James Cracknell, the event raised funds for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research and the school’s sports development project at Ditton Field, supported by Mercedes-Benz Brooklands from the Mercedes-Benz Retail Group.
A new Mercedes-Benz A 180 CDI Sport was offered as a hole-in-one prize and looked destined to go unclaimed until Butcher, playing in the last group, aced the 165-yard, Par 3 fourth hole of Burhill’s New Course.
“As soon as I hit it, we all knew it was good. I’ve never had a hole-in-one before and I still can’t quite believe it,” Butcher said.
With a star-studded list of participants also including British Olympic legend Sir Steve Redgrave, the event raised over £9,000 for the two charities.
“It was a fantastic day at Burhill Golf Club, and Mark’s ace was the icing on the cake,” said Steve Palmer, Mercedes-Benz Brooklands General Manager, pictured left presenting Butcher with his vehicle.
“Mark is no stranger to sporting success, but he couldn’t have picked a better moment to sink his first hole-in-one! I’m sure he’ll love the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class.”