Technology & IT Heat East Lothian

Date – Wednesday 26th April

Supporting Industry Partner

  • "Business Fours was a fantastic event. It provided an excellent platform to meet new connections in a relaxed and fun environment. Thoroughly enjoyable day!"

    David Coutts Anderson Strathern
  • "Everything ran like clockwork on the day.  A great way to do BD with the added element of healthy competition."

    Robert McNab Anderson Strathern, Solicitor
  • "A very enjoyable day and good chance to network."

    Murdo McHardy Hampden & Co
  • "I had a blast start to finish even with the weather and met some cracking people. The day was brilliantly organsied."

    Gareth Hall Gibson Kerr LLP
  • "I really enjoyed the format and it was a nice opportunity to meet up with other local businesses in an informal setting."

    Adrian Witherow Edinburgh Airport
  • "Great event and opportunity to network on the golf course whilst still promoting your company's brand as a team."

    Ross MacNish Brewin Dolphin
  • "Good mix of business contacts; good golf course; good food; really good format that gets you speaking with new contacts in a relaxed setting"

    Scott Hunter Turcan Connell
  • "Really good opportunity to meet new contacts in a relaxed environment."

    Nick Gilmore Edinburgh Airport
  • "Thanks again for a great day.  Although we didn’t quite have enough to make it through to the final all the team had a great day and thoroughly enjoyed it and we look forward to trying again next year!"

    Andrew Parker Arch Henderson
  • " Business Fours is a great way to meet new people. I would love to see the event grow and I was very impressed with the charity work."

    Martin Fisher SEC Glasgow

Companies we have involved

Craneware play their way to the top of Technology heat

 

Golfers from across the Technology & IT sector in Scotland came together on Wednesday 26 April to raise funds for the Yard Scotland and Beatson Cancer Charity at an action-packed day at Craigielaw, a stunning course located on Scotland’s golf coast.

 

The event was the final sector heat qualifier to find the finalists for this year’s Business Fours, Scotland’s National Business Golf Tournament.

 

The heat was supported by industry partners ScotlandIS for the Technology & IT heat.  Karen Meechan, Head of Operations at ScotlandIS said “ScotlandIS is delighted to partner with Business Fours for its first national business golf tournament.  We were delighted to see the tech sector shut their laptops and stretch their legs on the fairways of Craigielaw, while supporting two excellent causes.”

 

Business Fours is supported by Royal & Awesome who have provided the heat winners with some flamboyant golf trousers.   On the course, Craneware beat off stiff competition from Pulsant to be crowned the Technology & IT sector winners and earn the right to wear their Royal & Awesome trousers with pride as heat winners in the final.  Teams from CityFibre and Brodies also scored well to go forward to compete at the Business Fours Grand Final on Wednesday, 24 May at St Andrews Fairmont.

 

In the windy conditions on the East Lothian coast individual prizes were picked up by Cranewares Mark White who went closest at the par 3 17th on his way to the lowest scratch score of the day.  Brodies Tony Hadden picked up 2 individual awards hitting the longest drive on the 5th hole and going closest to the pin on the 6th green.  David Siegel from Inverness based firm HighNet sunk the longest putt on the 18th green to scoop the last of the individual accolades.

 

The Business Fours competition offers the opportunity for players to network with others in their profession while also raising funds for a worthy cause.  The charity raffle was generously supported by the players on the day and was kindly supported by SEC Glasgow and St Andrews Fairmont both donating prizes to bolster the fundraising efforts for the East Coast charity partners, the Yard Scotland.

 

The charity’s Chief Executive, Celine Sinclair, said: “We are delighted to have the support of Business Fours. The Yard will greatly benefit from your generosity, which will enable us to support more disabled children, young people and their families through our adventure play services in Edinburgh, Dundee and Fife.”

 

John McClarey, Founder and Operator of Business Fours said “This inaugural Business Fours is a new and exciting event to be added to the Scottish business calendar.  The event at Craigielaw saw the highest standard of scoring so far in the tournament and it was great to see the event played in great spirits with all participants making the most of the opportunity to connect with likeminded professionals.  I wish the heat qualifiers all the very best when they get to the finals.”

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Being Held At Craigielaw Golf Course, East Lothian

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Player Profiles

Lucy Johnson, Patent Attorney

Handicap: 18

Home Club: previously a member of Boldon Golf Club

Favourite Golfing Memory: Watching Darren Clarke’s final round at the Open in 2011

Favourite Golf course: Beamish Park

Reason for getting involved in Business Fours: Spending the day with great people on a beautiful golf course.

Alastair Blake, Patent Attorney

Handicap: 18

Home Club: was a member of Abernethy Golf Club for about 10 years, no longer a member anywhere

Favourite Golfing Memory: An eagle at the Belfry / St Andrews’ New Course with 3 Dutch friends playing their first ever rounds of golf (unbeknown to me)

Favourite Golf course: Brampton Golf Course

Reason for getting involved in Business Fours: An acceptable excuse at home to be allowed to play a round of golf!

Ben Tolley, Trainee Attorney

Handicap: 2

Home Club: Royal Mid-Surrey GC

Favourite Golfing Memory: Playing golf with my Dad in the West of Ireland.

Favourite Golf course: Royal St David’s GC

Reason for getting involved in Business Fours: Opportunity to meet new people in involved in technology

Player Profiles

Darren Bain, Software Engineer

Handicap: 18

Home Club: N/A

Favourite Golfing Memory: Bubba’s second shot on the 10th hole at Augusta which won him the green jacket.

Favourite Golf course: Augusta

Reason for getting involved in Business Fours: Sounds like a good day out

Mark White, Senior QA

Handicap: 7

Home Club: Burntisland Golf House Club

Favourite Golfing Memory:  Marshalling at the 2014 Ryder Cup … Caddying the players through practise and tournament days from the 2nd green to the 3rd tee gave me a chance to speak to all of the Europe and USA players

Favourite Golf course: That I’ve played …St Andrews Old Couse   One of dream of playing…. Augusta

Reason for getting involved in Business Fours: Active charity supporter and the love of the game of golf

Craig Preston, CFO

Hcp: 18

Home club: Between Clubs

Favourite golfing memory: Landing my tee shot on the 17th at Sawgrass (1st go)

Favourite golf course: Kingsbarns

Reason: Supporting charity and playing golf – need I say more!

Martin Svensson, Principal Architect

Hcp: 24

Home club: Visby GK

Favourite golfing memory: That time I hit a straight drive. Other than that it must have been Stenson winning the Open

Favourite golf course: St. Andrews

Reason: A chance to do something fun and for a great cause at once

Player Profiles

Craig Lemmon, MD at 2e-volve

Handicap:  18

Home Club:  N/A

Favourite Golfing Memory:   Seeing Payne Stewart win the US Open at Pinehurst in 1999.

Favourite Golf course:  Kingsbarns

Reason for getting involved in Business Fours:  Invite from supplier.

Chris Togher, Client Manager

Handicap: 12

Home Club: Craigielaw

Favourite Golfing Memory: Seve Ballesteros telling me “one momento”, going off to hit his shot then walking through the crowd to find me to sign my program when I was 9 years old.

Favourite Golf course: Macrihanish Dunes

Reason for getting involved in Business Fours: To meet people in the IT industry that enjoy a game of golf.

Jamie Stuart, Business Development Manager

Handicap: 19.2

Home Club:  Turnhouse Golf Club

Favourite Golfing Memory: The first round where I didn’t lose a golf ball, was a real sign of progress.

Favourite Golf course: The Braid Hills Golf Course

Reason for getting involved in Business Fours: Opportunity to network outside of the office environment and a chance to engage in some good competitive fun.

Player Profiles

Jams McClafferty, Head of Regional Development

Handicap:  18

Home Club:  Kirkhill Glasgow

Favourite Golfing Memory:  Hoping to make myy favourite memory at Business Fours

Favourite Golf course:  Crail/Balcomie

Reason for getting involved in Business Fours:  Look forward to golfing a new course and catching up with all

David Alldritt, Operations and Innovation Director at HighNet

Handicap:  17

Home Club:  Kingussie

Favourite Golfing Memory:  Watching Phil Mickelson win the Scottish Open at Castle Stuart in 2013, on his way to The Open victory at Muirfield a week later.  His short game was at its best, making golf look like an easy game!

Favourite Golf course:  King’s Course Gleneagles

Reason for getting involved in Business Fours:  Delighted to be invited to join CityFibre’s team to enjoy some business networking and to play somewhere new.

David J Siegel, Managing Director, HighNet

Handicap: 16

Home Club: Castle Stuart

Favourite Golfing Memory: Poulter rallying the troops with the chip in on 15 at Celtic Manor in the 2014 Ryder Cup

Favourite Golf course: Castle Stuart

Reason for getting involved in Business Fours: Invitation from CityFibre – too good to refuse and worthy of travelling from Inverness for

Billy Mathie, Senior Engineer, CityFibre

Handicap: 19.2

Home Club: Cathkin Braes

Favourite Golfing Memory: Most recent Sergio winning the masters.

Favourite Golf course: Royal Troon and of course Cathkin Braes

Reason for getting involved in Business Fours: Great networking opportunity

Player Profiles

Iain Rutherford, Partner

Handicap: 18

Home Club: n/a

Favourite Golfing Memory: My 80 year old next door neighbour reassuring me that driving distance was more about technique than strength (as he out-drove me).

Favourite Golf course: Kilspindie

Reason for getting involved in Business Fours: I work in IT dispute resolution so keen to meet others in that sector.

 

Tony Hadden, Partner

Handicap: 10

Home Club:  Blairgowrie

Favourite Golfing Memory: Watching my wee brother sink a hole in one on the North Inch golf course aged 11.

Favourite Golf course: Royal Portrush

Reason for getting involved in Business Fours: Good golf, good contacts and hopefully good fun

Anoop Joshi, Solicitor

Handicap: 28

Home Club: Gullane

Favourite Golfing Memory: That time I got the ball through the windmill.  Crazy golf counts, right?

Favourite Golf course: Gullane

Reason for getting involved in Business Fours: Meet others in the tech and IT sector. Improve my golf game. Not to embarrass myself (too much).

Andy Nolan, Associate

Handicap: 28

Home Club: Royal Burgess

Favourite Golfing Memory: Seeing John Daly’s golfing attire at the 2016 Open.

Favourite Golf course: Royal Burgess

Reason for getting involved in Business Fours: An opportunity to meet people in the technology sector, to share ideas, and hopefully have a good day out on the course!

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