About 5 Star Events

5 Star Events has been arranging society golf for over 30 years, raising substantial funds to support a range of charities in the Oxford area.


The first Five Star event was played in 1990 at North Oxford GC with cricketing golfers competing for the Richard Pineo Shield.  In 1993 the Oxfordshire Cricketers team event began, followed by the Phil Garner Trophy in 1995 and the Liz Harris Cup in 1997.  Further development came in 2001 with the Barry Yates Cup, followed by the Five Star Masters and Celebrity Day for the Tony Buck Trophy in 2002.  The Cricketers event was replaced by the Five Star Team Competition from 2005-2011, and resurrected in 2015 and 2016 to play Cotswold Hills.

Five Star Events have managed 166 events until the end of 2023, played at leading golf courses, highlighted by the 50th and 100th events at Frilford Heath.  In 2004 the guest speaker was PGA professional John Sterling, and in 2011 celebrity Willie Thorne and President Steve Styles.  Five Star Presidents have been leading supporters of our events:  Ray Hawes (2009-10), Steve Styles (2011-12), Graham Hobbins (2013-14), Les Harris (2015-16), Arthur Ball (2017-18), Collyn Fell (2019), Jim Elkins (2020-21), Brian Kay (2022) and Clive Alcock (2023).

A major initiative started in 2000 with Five Star supporting a local charity with an annual donation. Over 22 years, twenty different charities have benefited with total donations of £174,600, highlighted by a record £13,000 to UCARE in 2016.  Five Star have been excellently supported by over 50 sponsors, who generously contribute to our fundraising, helped by Vice Presidents’ donations, David Duckham’s sporting dinners and Barclays Bank.  Five Star have invited a celebrity each year since 2002; these celebrities have visited for the end of season Celebrity Day and presented our Charity cheque annually.  We have been honoured to be supported by these great sportsmen and sportswomen.

Events completed up to the end of 2023

Richard Pineo Shield 33 events to date, Cricketers/Team Event 23,  Barry Yates Cup 22,  Liz Harris Cup 24, Five Star Masters 20, Tony Buck Trophy 21 

Courses Used

Wychwood 24 events, Frilford Heath 36, North Oxford 17, Tadmarton Heath 19, Studley Wood 25, Huntercombe 16, Oxfordshire 6, Burford 15, Cotswold Hills 5, Wychwood 1, Cotswolds Club 2, Wrag Barns 2.


Ray Hawes (2009-10), Steve Styles (2011-12), Graham Hobbins (2013-2014), Les Harris (2015-2016), Arthur Ball (2017-2018), Collyn Fell (2019), Jim Elkins (2020 – 2021), Brian Kay (2022), Clive Alcock (2023).

Holes in one:

Arthur Ball (Wychwood) 2006, Richard Pineo (Tadmarton) 2011, Keith Edwards (Studley Wood) 2013, Ken Appleby (Burford) 2022, Ian Wilson (Wrag Barn) 2023

Charities Supported

2000Oxford Dyslexic Ass£1000 
2001Riding for the Disabled£1000 
2002Douglas House£1500Tim Henman
2003Thomley Activity Centre£2500John Francome
2004ROSY£3500David Howell
2005ACE Centre£5500Matt Dawson
2006SEE-SAW£7500Martin Keown
2007OSCAR£6000Steve Rider
2008Special Effect£7300Mick Fitzgerald
2009Bridewell Gardens£3500Andrew Wingfield-DigbyRay Hawes
2010Samantha Dickson Trust£11000Charlie Ross & Jonathan BattyRay Hawes
2011Footsteps Foundation£7500Willie ThorneSteve Styles
2012Oakleigh School£10000Mark LawrensonSteve Styles
2013ROSY & RDA (New Yatt)£9500Jeremy CharlesGraham Hobbins
2014Special Effect£12000Richard EllisonGraham Hobbins
2015Child Bereavement UK£12500Simon HallidayLes Harris
2016UCare£13320Sarah Stirk/ Charlie RossLes Harris
2017SEE-SAW£12500Eddie Pepperell/ Samantha HeadArthur Ball
2018Young Dementia£11500Tim Brooke-TaylorArthur Ball
2019Flexicare & RDA (New Yatt)£11000Dermot GallagherCollyn Fell
2020Not [;payed due to Covid
2021Lords Taverners £9000Mike Gatting Jim Elkins
2022ROSY and Lawrence Home Nursing Team £7500Richard Phillips Brian Kay
2023Young Dementia£8000Peter Rhoades-BrownClive Alcock

Thanks to all Players, Sponsors, Vice-Presidents, Barclays Bank, David Duckham dinners for their support.