Yorkshire golf: Reilly to stage special PGA fund pro-am during Huddersfield’s 125th anniversary celebrations

​FORMER Professional Golfers’ Association captain Parnell Reilly is gathering together a number of his peers for a special pro-am to raise money for the PGA Benevolent Fund.

Former PGA captain Parnell Reilly (Picture: Matthew Lewis/Getty Images).

Reilly, head professional at Bradley Park until his retirement last year, is to hold the event at Huddersfield GC.

It will take place next year during Huddersfield’s 125th anniversary celebrations when Reilly will be club captain.

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Reilly’s love for golf developed at Huddersfield where he began caddying at the age of 10.

“If it wasn’t for caddying at Fixby I don’t think I would ever have got into golf,” he said.

Reilly, who captained the PGA from 2007-09, has been a steadfast supporter of their benevolent fund which helps members through difficult times.

The farewell dinner he arranged last year to mark his retirement after 33 years at Bradley Park raised £5,000 for its coffers.

His pro-am will feature 20 teams, and he said: “Ten will include former PGA captains and I’ve invited PGA pros to give their time for nothing and play in each of the others.

“All proceeds will go to the PGA Benevolent Fund, which does such a great job in supporting PGA pros who have fallen on difficult times.

“The pro-am is part of Fixby’s 125th anniversary celebrations and is a unique event – we wanted to do something different and we’ve had a great response from the past captains.“I’ve asked all the past PGA captains to wear their maroon blazers – if they can still get into them.”

Fixby’s lengthy association with the PGA extends back to their first professional, Sandy Herd, who won the Open in 1902, and was the second PGA captain while another, Johnny Fallon, captained the 1963 Great Britain & Ireland Ryder Cup team.