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Peter and Jackie Alliss with Essex Consultant Orthopaedic
Surgeon, Mr Jamie Flanagan and spinal surgery
patient, Judith Jewkes, both keen golfers.

A national golf competition, open to all orthopaedic surgeons and orthopaedic surgery patients, has been launched by the Wishbone Trust, which raises funds for medical research. Called Golf 2000, there will be 12 regional heats in some of the country's most prestigious golf venues - eight across England, one in Wales and three in Scotland - during April and May 2000. The final will be staged on the fabulous new Marquess Course at Woburn Abbey in October 2000.

The Wishbone Trust provides funds for orthopaedic surgery research in hospitals, medical centres and universities throughout the UK. In just eight years, the Trust has given more than £4 million in grants to orthopaedic researchers. Much of this money was raised by former patients wishing to give their thanks in a tangible way. The Trust held a one day golfing event for surgeons and patients at the Stockley Park Golf Club, Uxbridge last summer and was delighted with the enthusiastic response. As a result, plans were made for this national Stableford competition.

Teams of four are invited to participate and the tournament is open to consultant orthopaedic surgeons, members of their medical staff, former orthopaedic surgery patients, their families, friends and supporters. Players should play to an acceptable standard, and on the day, there will be a maximum handicap of 32 for women and 24 for men.

The charity has also received best wishes from Jack Nicklaus, who had a hip joint replacement in January. A great friend of Peter Alliss, the renowned golf commentator, whose wife Jackie, is helping to organise the event for the Trust, Jack writes: "Once the surgery was over, I never looked back! Play well and enjoy the camaraderie. Good luck to the 12 finalists who will go on to compete at Woburn, and to all of you, best wishes for continued good health and the happiness of an active life. Good golfing."

For more information contact the Wishbone Trust on 0171 242 6986.


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