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2009 Keel-Felder Classic

(6/Sep/2009) Twenty-one teams teed off under blustery skies this morning at Carden Park for this year’s charity tournament benefitting The Christie Hospital in Manchester. During the course of the day, the sun did come out once in a while and the rain held off until everyone finished up and made it into the clubhouse.

a Mark, Jon, Don and John photo op

Don played together with John Gernon, Mark Green and Jon Back, while Eleanor moonlighted as cart chauffeur. The team was sponsored by Vacation Travel.

This year’s teams: AWM Promotions/Willie Morgan, Barnsley Football Club, Bridgemere, Carden Park Hotel, Character Options, CK Beckett, Dunham Investments, Enterprise plc, Fantastic Places, Future Environmental, Hain-Celestial, Hill Dickinson, Jim Martin, Perrys, Ravenstone, Regency Country Club, Vacation Travel, Vale Abbey Golf Club and WE 7.

The Greg Morton Band, Vince Miller (Presenter), John H. Streacy, Tony Christie, Duncan Norvelle and Don entertained at the cabaret.

Short write up by the local press here. Some images from the event here.

2008 Keel-Felder Classic

Golf Teams: Vale Royal Abbey Golf Club 1 & 2, HBOS, WE 7 – 1 & 2, Enterprise 1 & 2, West Tec Ltd, Carden Park, Character Options, United Utilities, Barnsley Football Club 1 & 2, Cocotoo Restaurant, The Regency Country Club, Beverages District Ltd, Amra, Petros, Hern Ltd, Vacation Travel, AWM Promotions Ltd, Dunham Investments, Shell

Ian, Trevor, Don and Graham ready to roll

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Entertainers: Greg Morton & Band, Jon Christos, Michael Graham, John H. Stracey, Norman Collier, Tim Healy & Don

Nick Mellor, member of Don’s backing band and guitarist for the Eagles’ tribute band “Desperado,” describes his experience sharing the stage with Don on the band’s News page.

2007 Keel-Felder Classic

Guests of the 2007 Classic gala cabaret not only knew the way to Carden Park, they also knew the way to Amarillo. They were more than delighted to help Tony Christie find his way there during his performance of his hit at yesterday evening’s show.

With the support of Greg Morton and Band, the audience was treated to a fast-paced and entertaining potpourri presented by Vince Miller. Tenor Jon Christos turned in another stunning vocal performance. Duncan Norvelle and Norman Collier provided comedy, Bruce Greenwood the blues sound and of course Don, who in addition to singing and playing cabaret standards Hotel California and Take It Easy laid down another classic Felder extended slide solo doing The Long Run.

Bruce , Jon and Don at the gala

Over £30,000 was raised to benefit the Christies Hospital in Manchester. Tony Christie posted a short review along with a photo of himself together with Don in their tuxes in his website newsletter.

Earlier, twenty-six teams representing bmi (title sponsor) and other generous corporate supporters along with their playing celebrity took to the course this year: bmi (1) and Don, bmi (2) and Bruce Greenwood, Vale Royal Abbey Golf Club (1 & 2) with Tony Christie and Robert Duncan, Barnsley Football Club (1 & 2) with Gordon Banks and Duncan Norvelle, West Tec Ltd and Dennis Taylor, United Utilities and Steve Pinder, Cocotoo Restaurant and Colin Bell, WE 7 and Derek Thompson, Enterprise Water and Graeme Souness, ABI Valves Ltd and John Frankcome, Enterprise Gas and Tony Knowles, Lloyds TSB Insurance and Robert Powell, Beverages Direct and Trevor Bannister, The Regency Country Club and Arthur O’Laughlin, AMRA and John Lowe, Character Options and Duncan Preston, ETE and Mike England, 2 Sisters Food Group and Alan McInally, Stocton Dairies and Gary Owen, Atherton Consulting Ltd and J.H. Stracey, Guy Salmon Prestige Rental and Frank Worthington, Vacation Travel and Willie Thorne, Carden Park and Jasper Carrott. Thanks to the organizer AWM Marketing and Willie Morgan.

Joe B was out this year with a newfangled digital camera with video function. Here are two short clips he shot during the day:
Clip One **** Clip Two

2006 Keel-Felder Classic
from the program

“We are delighted that Don has agreed to host the tournament and look forward to your continued support.”

This year’s Howard Keel Don Felder Golf Classic will be held at the DeVere Carden Park outside of Chester, Cheshire, U.K. on Sunday, September 10th beginning at 10:30 a.m. This year’s 20th edition will once again benefit the N.S.P.C.C. and it’s child assistance programs. Admission is free to the public. A £5 fee for parking a car will be donated to the NSPCC.

New this year is the change of venue. Built on the grounds of a 17th-century estate and covering some 750 scenic acres, the DeVere Carden Park boasts two championship 18-hole golf courses, one of which was designed with the assistance of golf legend Jack Nicklaus. Certainly the perfect backdrop for the day’s activities.

Special thanks to AWM Marketing and Willie Morgan for providing a sneak peek at some of the celebrities planning to participate in this year’s event. So, start making plans to come out and join Don and take in some fun golf for a great cause. For more venue information and directions click here.
Here’s a complete list of the 2006 sponsor teams along with their celebrity player:

iSoft plc #1 with Russ Abbott, Surf Control #1 with Don Felder, iSoft plc #2 with Jasper Carrott, DeVere with John Lodge, Wand Properties with Dennis Taylor, Stockton Dairies with John H. Stracey, B.T. #1 with Tom O’Connor, The Regency Club with Gary Owen, Guy Salmon/Prestige Rental with Tommy Cannon, United Utilities with Graham Sharpe, Surf Control #2 with Dan Chambers, Centrenorth IT Ltd with Willie Thorne, AWM Promotions with David Sadler, iSoft plc #3 with John Lowe, Character Options with Derek Thompson, Dot Shops with Tim Healy, Cocotoo with Colin Bell, British Airways with William Roache, B.T. #2 with Phil Defreitas, West Tec Ltd with Steve Pinder, Enterprise #1 with Gordon Banks, Enterprise #2 with Dean Saunders, Amra with John Francombe, Nestles with Robert Powell, Surf Control #2 with Rick Wakeman, B.I.C. with Mike England, Vacation Travel with John Miles

2005 Keel-Felder Classic

Lost in the catacombs of our database. We’ll dig it out someday.

And here’s some golf footage from previous events courtesy of Joe B.: