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STUART BINGHAM made the most of a quiet month for him on the snooker Tour by dusting off his golf clubs for charity. 

The world No 9 was part of a four-man team in action at the Celebrity Golf Classic at Hanbury Manor in support of the President's Sports Club and The Essex Disabled Sports Foundation.

Ballrun and fellow sporting stars including Nigel Mansell, Kriss Akabusi, Luther Blissett, Micky Hazard and Ozzie Ardiles took part in the event in Ware in early July.

Bingham (pictured second from the right at the top) said: "It was on one of the par threes and with the old hickory clubs. It makes it a bit of a showpiece.

"I didn't do as well as I could have but still got 33 points and our team, which was me and three guys on a corporate day, came about middle of the pack. 

"But it was a great occasion and I was honoured to take part and, importantly, it raised the profile of a great Essex-based charity."

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STUART BINGHAM was very pleased with the feel of his new cue this month - and is now itching to use it in top-class action.

The 2015 world champion has been supplied bespoke equipment by the Cue Creator team, an American company which is headed up by the Sharp family and uses cues manufactured by McDermott Cues made in Menomonee Falls.

Bingham started using it on the practice table on the weekend and says it immediately had a positive impact on his game. 

Ballrun said: "I got it after Riga and used it for practice and I knocked in a ton and four or five fifties, so it feels good. It just feels like it has a bit more life in it than my old cue, and I hope that margin of improvement can pay off for me.

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STUART BINGHAM says he is looking forward to the challenge of playing all-comers in a charity fundraiser in Essex this Friday night (June 9).

The 2015 world champion will be taking on enthusiasts in single frames at Rayleigh Lanes Snooker Hall (which you can get directions to by clicking here) if they make a £20 donation to the Motor Neurone Disease Association. 

The 24-hour snooker marathon event has been organised by Bingham's long-standing friend Peter Ward and is being held in memory of the world No 9's late father-in-law Terry Shabi, who passed away in March 2014 at the age of 62.

Bingham said: "I'm not sure I will be able to make it through the whole 24 hours but I am looking forward to doing my part, and I am looking forward to playing any punters who want to take me on.

Read more: Bingham looking forward to taking on all-comers in charity fundraiser

STUART BINGHAM will be looking to sneak ahead in his all-square career head-to-head record with good friend Mark Davis in Latvia this week.

Ballrun, 41, and the Battler from Hastings, 44, have played 22 times and it is 11 wins apiece heading into the best-of-seven at the Kaspersky Riga Masters on Friday morning (June 23).

They can barley be split on frames won either, with Bingham on 76 and Davis 73 - or on the golf course for that matter.

Davis is world ranked number 37 and has reached four ranking semi-finals and has won the Six-Red World Championship three times, and Bingham is braced for another nip-and-tuck battle.

The world No 9, who beat Li Hang to book his place at the Arena Riga, said: "Mark is just a solid player, he is consistently seven out of ten and you just have to play very well to beat him. I guess that is why the record is so close.

"And we are good friends too, with go for meals together and our wives get on, and I share the same birthday as his son.

"I've played him at golf at few times in the past. It is pretty even there too, although I did used to get the better of him a bit when I was playing off five or six."

Read more: Bingham ready to resume close encounter with Mark Davis

STUART BINGHAM hopes his new coach Terry Griffiths can help him return to his very best on a consistent basis.

Ballrun has only shown glimpses of the form which saw him crowned 2015 world champion, although he notably won the Welsh Open this season.

Retired Welsh great Griffiths, 69, who won snooker's top prize at the Crucible in 1979, asked Bingham if he would like to work with him in February and the partnership will start in early June.

Bingham, 40, said: "It's an honour for me really and you can't get better help than from someone who has been there and done it.

Read more: Bingham hopes Griffiths can help him back to his best

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