Tee off keeps Matt’s memory alive

A golf day being held at Birley Wood Gold Course in memory of Matthew Cryer who was murdered on a holiday in Greece in 2008
A golf day being held at Birley Wood Gold Course in memory of Matthew Cryer who was murdered on a holiday in Greece in 2008
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IT wasn’t quite the Open Championship.

But to the people who took part in this Sheffield golf tournament it was just as important.

More than a 100 golfers teed off in the Matthew Cryer Memorial Golf Trophy competition held at Birley Wood Golf Course.

Some dressed casually, others looked every inch the pro golfer - especially big Tony Cronshaw who was decked out in an extra large Tiger Woods-style golf uniform.

The game was played to keep the Justice for Matt campaign in the public eye.

Matthew, aged 17, from Killamarsh was pushed downstairs to his death by bouncers at a nightclub in Zante.

It was his first holiday abroad without his parents. An inquest in England recorded a verdict that he had been unlawfully killed.

His family, with the backing of The Star, are campaigning for those responsible to be brought to justice and have been putting pressure on the Greek authorities to take action.

Matthew’s dad David said it was a great day.

“The sun was shining and everyone had a great time. There were even one or two good players which sort of shocked me.”

The trophy went to the team made up of Frankie Fletcher, Kieron Aklan, Nathan Miller and his Noel Edmunds look-alike brother Brett, who is landlord of the Birley Hotel.

Said David: “They scored an impressive 106 which isn’t bad.

“But I think we all felt like winners and I have to thank all those who helped with the event including the Sherwood and Birley pubs, Birley Wood Golf Course, Birley Moor News, Charnock Building and Paving, Tightlines and Tackle, CMC Travel and Two men and One Van removals.

I’d also like to thank Sheaf Trophies, the bar staff at the Fairways and Lol Gibbs for donating a signed John Terry shirt.”