Putting Golf To The Fore To Fight Back Against Meningitis
09 Jul

Putting Golf To The Fore To Fight Back Against Meningitis

Every year we host a golf tournament in memory of our golf-loving original owner, Mr Brian Mayo, to do our bit to fight meningitis.

The Brian Mayo Charity Golf Day will take place on the Welsh Golf Course of the Year on Thursday 6th September 2018 at Bryn Meadows.  The golf course was built by Brian and his business partners at the time, and was designed by Professional Golfer Craig Defoy in 1973.

Fifteen teams of four have already confirmed their entries for the event with many more anticipated. Entry costs £160 per team of four, to include breakfast rolls and refreshments as well as a BBQ after the round, with all profits going directly to Meningitis Now who will use the money for lifesaving and life-changing disease prevention, awareness and support work. To date the event has raised £22,000 for the charity’s ongoing work.

The event was first hosted in 1989 after Mr Mayo lost both of his legs to meningitis. This was believed to be from contracting rare fungal meningitis after from his unusual ritual of licking a golf ball believed to be covered in weed killer in 1980.

His wife Mrs Fay Mayo said, “He was in a coma for 11 days before he woke up. The only thing they could attribute it to was the weed killer on the greens.” 

Current owner of the resort, Mr Gary Mayo, said his father was inspired to pick up his golf clubs again after reading a book in hospital.  “The thing that got him into amputee golf was Douglas Bader, the World War II pilot who lost both of his legs.  My dad read the book about him after he had his own legs amputated and also got the opportunity to meet him. He really inspired my dad, and was his hero.

Tragically, Brian contracted a different strain of meningitis again and died aged 62 in 1999.

Gary added: “I thoroughly look forward to this event every year. I’m always delighted by the number of teams who take part, and the numerous others who have stepped forward to support the occasion. I’m very grateful to everyone for their contribution, and the overall success of the day. We are delighted to continue to support those affected by meningitis and Meningitis Now. They were there for my family when needed, and I’m glad that I can continue to return the favour with our annual golf day.” 

Meningitis Now community fundraiser for Wales, Carrie Bater, said: “What happened to Brian shows that people can contract meningitis more than once, often quickly and with only flu-like symptoms. We wish the family the best with their latest fundraiser and hope as many people as possible take part. Every penny raised helps us continue to fight the disease on all fronts – by funding pioneering preventative research, raising awareness and supporting those affected.”

For more information, or if you would like to book a team, please contact the Sales Team on 01495 225590 or

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