On Wednesday 1st June we revisited a South Coast Golf Tour favourite – The 5 Rings Telecom company golf day at Gatton Manor Golf Club. Yes, they loved the last five years as a fixture on the Tour so much that they came back again, and the sixth year was just a successful as the first five.
New to the South Coast Golf Tour line-up this year is Ifield Golf Club, the tricky parkland course on the outskirts of Crawley, West Sussex. On the Friday 13th May it played host to the Carpenter Box company golf day, where Carpenter Box’s guest list of highly valued clients came together with our own South Coast Golf Tour season ticket holders, to put into place some foundations for fruitful business relationships whilst battling it out with each other on the golf course. Congratulations to the event champion Peter Crown (a Carpenter Box Guest) and the winning team consisting of Graham Terry (Carpenter Box), Paul Froome (Sussex Transport) and Nigel Davidson (PDT Solicitors). We are now two events into the 2016 Tour, so let’s take a look at how the competition stands at present.
Order of merit standingsAfter round two, we have two leading contenders in the Order of Merit race; Robin Keeler (M R Electrical Services Guest) at the Cowdray GC event, and Peter Crown (Carpenter Box guest) from the last event at Ifield GC with 10 points each. Out of our season ticket holders, it is Derek Steel (Jacobs Steel) and Ian MacKendrick (Frenkel Topping) who are leading the way for the rest with 9 points apiece. See the full order of merit results lists here and watch this space to see how the rest of the year unfolds.
Charity putting updateThe charity putting competition never fails to sprinkle some fun on our day of golf and it raises money for a great cause, supporting the charity dizzy: support for diabetes. Even the best golfers can be caught out on the putting green, but so far the two tour players to master the challenge are Jools Chaffer (dizzy: support for diabetes) and Nigel Lee (CF0 solutions.) But will they keep the edge throughout the year? Keep up-to-date with all the latest scores here.
The next eventRound three of the 2016 South Coast Golf Tour will take place on Wednesday 1st June at Gatton Manor Golf Club for the 5 Rings Telecom company golf day. Book your ticket for Wednesday 1st June at Gatton Manor Golf Club today or contact David on 07881 810847 or via firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss more opportunities for your business on the 2016 Tour.
We joke about it every year, but once again, despite a grim weather forecast, the nicknamed ‘Sunshine Tour’ struck again on Wednesday 27th April, for the opening event of the South Coast Golf Tour at Cowdray Park Golf club – 38 events since the Tour started and only a couple of hours rain in total! This year the first event was hosted by Orion Lightning Protection and MR Electrical Services, and they certainly brought a competitive team of players along, with their guests winning both the team and individual prizes, giving our Tour players a run for their money.
The WinnersYes it was nearly a clean sweep for the MR Electrical Services guys, with the individual prize going to one of their guests Robin Keeler and the team prize being four more, Marc Renouf, Tim Guest, Rob Bradshaw and Damian Smead. Great stuff MR Electrical Services – but you weren’t without competition. Derek Steel from Jacobs Steel Estate Agents gave them a good fight in the individual competition coming an extremely close second place, and Jools Chaffer from dizzy: support for diabetes came top in the charity putting.
The Competition is wide openSo as it stands after the first event, we have 5 different companies spanning the top five places of the 2016 order of merit. M R Electrical Services, Jacobs Steel Estate Agents. Frenkel Topping, Ashead Stores, Marlin Building Services. This also plays testament to the wide variety of business that we have on the Tour this year to improve the networking and relationship building experience available to our players. See the full order of merit here.
What’s coming nextIn just 15 days we will be heading to Ifield Golf Club for round two of the South Coast Golf Tour, and the Carpenter Box Company Golf Day. This is a well renowned event every year on the Tour, and one you definitely don’t want to miss. Book your ticket for Friday 13th May at Ifield Golf Club Today, and contact David on 07881 810 847 or via email@example.com to discuss more opportunities for your business on the 2016 Tour.
As dawn broke on Friday 23rd October, who could believe that another year on the South Coast Golf Tour had almost come to an end? But not before the UK’s leading health insurer, WPA Health Insurance, had hosted their Company Golf Day following the success of their client hospitality day in 2014. Yes, the most valued clients of WPA Health Insurance and our very own Tour members took to the greens one final time for the ultimate event of our 5th anniversary Tour. This time it was the testing bunkers and challenging range of mature trees at Old Thorns Manor Hotel Golf and Country Estate that stood between them and victory.
Double PointsAnd just when everyone thought it was almost over, we threw a double-points twist into the mix for the race to become the 2015 Tour champion. That’s right, every player’s score from Old Thorns was doubled, opening up the competition and placing 10 players in the running for Tour champion – but who would come out on top?
Tour ChampionWell, it was congratulations to Peter Raynsford from 5 Rings Telecom, who might have gone into the final round of the championship as an underdog but who played his way to the top – making him a two-time South Coast Golf Champion, with victories in both 2011 and 2015. What a fitting way to end our 5th anniversary year with our first winner coming back to reclaim the prize.
A Triumph for CharityThank you to everyone that has taken part in the Charity Putting Competition throughout this year’s Tour – you have all helped to raise a grand total of £1406 for our charity sponsor, dizzy: support for diabetes. And congratulations to Jason Harfield from Orion Lightning Protection who was named the 2015 charity putting champion!
Time to PartyThe day didn’t end when the golf did – there was still the Tour Final Party to come. Many of the day’s participants stayed for a fantastic evening’s entertainment to celebrate another successful year. There was an indulgent three-course dinner, entertainment from the sensational Queen B tribute band, followed by a disco. How we are going to top this next year we just don’t know!
A Final Thank YouWhat we do know is that such a successful year on the Tour wouldn’t have been possible without such a strong network of continued support, belief and sponsorship from so many businesses. So a special thank you this year to Carpenter Box, 5 Rings Telecom, Orion Lightning Protection, Unibind, UHY Hacker Young, WPA Health Insurance, dizzy: support for diabetes and all of our Tour members. Planning has already begun for the 2016 Tour and Company Golf Day slots are being booked up fast. If you are interested in the benefits that hosting a company golf day on the Tour can yield for your business, contact Tour Director, David Fluke, on 07881 810847 or via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Did you hear about the great battle of Piltdown? Yes, Thursday 24th September will go down in history as the day two fiercely competitive business owners mustered their armies of most-valued clients to compete against each other on the hard and fast heathland of Piltdown Golf Club, whilst making some crucial allies along the way. It was, of course, the Unibind and UHY Hacker Young joint Company Golf Days on the South Coast Golf Tour. Who would be victorious – the UK’s leading specialist of binding and presentation products or the challenging chartered accountants?