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The event, held at the Sandford Springs Golf Club, was to remember talented Lee, who died aged 17 after losing his long battle with Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2007.
He joined the Donnington Valley Golf Club at the age of nine and at 14 completed a remarkable first, second and third places in local golf club championships.
Two years later, he entered the championships again and despite facing more experienced golfers many years his senior, he became club champion of both Donnington Valley and Newbury Racecourse.
Lee’s cousin, Ben Matthews, who is 25 and from Wash Common, said: “I am really proud to carry on Lee’s name within the community.
“Just before he passed away he made me take up golf and that has inspired me to keep playing the game and get better.
“Golf was Lee’s life and it was lovely to be able to do this in his memory.”
Funds were raised through a two course meal and an auction, with all proceeds donated to the Willow charity, which provides special days for seriously ill people between the ages of 16 and 40.
A few of the main auction items were a Chelsea shirt signed by all the players, a Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis-signed Team GB top and racing silks signed by jockeys including AP McCoy.
Mr Matthews said they chose the charity as they provided Lee with a deep sea fishing day and wanted to give something back.
Mr Matthews and fellow organisers, Jason Reeves and Shaun Irlam personally delivered the cheque to former England and Arsenal goalkeeper Bob Wilson, who runs the Willow charity.



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