Our annual golf day took place this year at a new location for us, the Warwickshire Golf and Country Club in Leek Wootton. This American style course was well-received, with players saying it was a challenging – but in a positive way! This year 15 teams took part with individuals playing for the coveted Julius Neave trophy award.
It was a cloudy and slightly drizzly start but soon blew away to give us some beautiful sunshine for the rest of the day.
The tournament started, as is customary, with bacon rolls and coffee in the clubhouse before players collected their scorecards and complimentary goodie bags.
Despite motorway delays, everyone was in place for the shotgun start at 11 am on the King’s Course. The game was played following the Stableford individual competition format with 90% handicap allowance.
As always, we had our in-house golf expert and Board member, Kirsten Watson, on hand to answer any golf questions and who also made up a four-ball on the day.
With some excellent players on the course (and some new faces for 2019) and despite a strong “breeze”, the competition was once again of a high standard. Darren Vickery took first place again for the third year in a row with a score of 4, playing off a handicap of 8. Second place went to Jordan Tattersall, playing in the Stratford Upon Avon Institute team scoring 36 points. Third place was taken by Peter Page playing in the Willis Towers Watson team with a score of 35 points. The team prize went to the Willis Towers Watson with a score of 89. The winning team comprised of Peter Page, Phil Dibbin, Paul Buckle and Carl Dooley.
Competitions were also held for nearest the pin, and both the longest and straightest drives. The winners were Richard Lee from the BIBA team, Alex Byrd from the Stratford Upon Avon Institute team and Darren Vickery from Chelmsford and South Essex Institute team.
Prizegiving and a raffle took place following an excellent evening meal. The incredible generosity of those in attendance meant we raised almost £500 on the night, with the money raised going to help those in need of our help and support within the industry.
We had a fantastic selection of raffle prizes once again thanks to our sponsors. Prizes included tickets to a Saracens rugby match, a fitness tracker and membership to The Sporting Wine Club.
Our thanks go to the following organisations and individuals for their generosity:
- Warwickshire Golf & Country Club
- Sumaridge Winery
- Virginia Hayward
- James Hallam
- Willis Towers Watson
- Clyde & Co
- NFU Mutual
- Rainbow International (Northampton)
- Markit Systems
- David Oram
We’d like to say a huge thank to everyone who came and made the day such a great success and we’re looking forward to seeing everyone again at next year’s event. A selection of photos from the day can be found here.