Construction, Housing & Property Heat

Date – Thursday 6th April

Industry Partners

  • "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

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Construction, Housing & Property sector won by Simple scoring

The construction housing and property heat of Business Fours took place at this years Scottish Open venue, Dundonald Links.  Teams from across the construction housing and property sector competed for their place in the national business golf tournament finals.

 

In decent conditions play got under way with a shotgun start and the format for the competition meant that companies had the chance to interact with other people in their sector as well as raise funds for tournament charity partner Beatson Cancer Charity.  The heat was supported by industry partners Scottish Construction Now, Scottish Property Federation and Scottish Housing News.

 

They raffle supported by SEC Glasgow and McDonald Cardrona Hotel and raised over £550 for the charity, Corporate Partnerships Fundraiser, Dawn Ferguson was on hand to tell participants about the fantastic work they are involved in.  Dawn said “Beatson Cancer Charity is delighted to be chosen as a charity partner of Business Fours. This is a fantastic partnership and I’d like to send my sincere thanks to everyone involved for their commitment to Beatson Cancer Charity. The generosity of the golfers will have a direct impact on thousands of cancer patients and their families, both now and in the future, through the dedicated work of the charity.”

 

In the individual prizes Tam O’Neil from EWI installers AC Whyte & Co came closest to the pin on the 6th hole seeing off competition from Mike Niven from the Simple Energy Scotland team, who shot an impressive 43 stableford points, the best individual score of the day.  Over at the 11th Carey Group’s Ryan Coll went closest to the pin on his way to 39 points.
The first four ball of the day conjured up the longest drive at hole 14 with Douglas Sibbald from the Scottish Construction Now team splitting the fairway.  The more trivial longest putt on the 18th hole came from the same group with Gordon Raymond from Weslo Housing Management finding the hole from furthest out.

 

With 4 spots up for grabs at the National final the Construction, Housing & Property heat was the last on the West Coast and competition was fierce.  The scoring was very tight with teams being only separated by 1 stroke from fifth to a qualifying position in fourth.

 

The AC Whyte and Co team captained by Tam O’Neil beat their colleagues by one shot to qualify for the final at St Andrews Fairmont in May, helped by solid scores from Aidan Moore, Alex Neil and Steven McNellis to give them bragging rights back in the office.

 

The team from consulting engineers, Dougall Baillie Associates qualified in 3rd position led by captain Norman Maclean who led his team out with 42 stableford points.

 

The scoring was even tighter to decide the overall winners with two teams from South Ayrshire Council tied  equally with Simple Energy Scotland on a fantastic score of 151 points for the 4 members.

 

It was however Simple Energy Scotland who were crowned the Construction Housing and Property heat champions by virtue of a count back on the back nine.

 

Captain John Wishart was on hand to collect the prize and will wear the Royal & Awesome tartan troos with pride at the National Finals.
Commendable fine individual scoring from players from Arch Henderson, with both Chris Fernand and Kevin Fettes scoring over 40 points and Dennis Briggs from tournament partners Scottish Construction Now also got over the magic 40 mark.

 

The action continues on April 26th when Business Fours returns to Craigielaw golf course for the final qualifying heat which will see the Technology & IT sector come together.

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Player Profiles

Chris Queen, Estimator

Handicap: 14

Home Club: Torrance Park Golf Club

Favourite Golfing Memory: Attending the 2015 Open at St. Andrews

Favourite Golf course: Machrihanish Dunes

Reason for getting involved in Business Fours:

Tomas Bryan, Regional Office Manager

Handicap: 18

Home Club: unattached

Favourite Golfing Memory: Darren Clarkes Open Victory

Favourite Golf course: Farthingstone Golf Club, Daventry

Reason for getting involved in Business Fours: Charity

Ryan Coll, Engineer

Handicap: 3

Home Club: Glasgow Golf Club

Favourite Golfing Memory: Tiger Woods, Augusta 2005, 16th Hole at the Masters, chip in from off the green.

Favourite Golf course: Turnberry Ailsa

Reason for getting involved in Business Fours: Improve Client Relationships

David McLeod, Project Manager

Handicap: 18

Home Club: Unattached

Favourite Golfing Memory: Rory McIlroy first Major win

Favourite Golf course: St Andrews

Reason for getting involved in Business Fours: Improve Client Relationships

Player Profiles

Colin Yair, Multi Trade Supervisor

Handicap: 10

Home Club: Ayr Neptune GC

Favourite Golfing Memory: Sandy Lyle winning the Masters

Favourite Golf course: Royal Troon

Reason for getting involved in Business Fours: Meet new people & play a good course

Craig Pettigrew, Joiner

Handicap: 12

Home Club:  Drongan GC

Favourite Golfing Memory: Rory v Patrick Reed Ryder Cup

Favourite Golf course: Ailsa Course at Turnberry

Reason for getting involved in Business Fours: Meet new people and get the chance to play at Dundonald

John Wood, Multi Trade Supervisor

Handicap: 6

Home Club: Brunston Castle GC

Favourite Golfing Memory: Miracle at Medinah

Favourite Golf course: Ailsa Course Turnberry

Reason for getting involved in Business Fours: the chance to meet new people and play at Dundonald

David McCulloch, Plumber

Handicap: 10

Home Club: Brunston Castle GC

Favourite Golfing Memory:  watching  the “duel in the sun” at Turnberry

Favourite Golf course: Ailsa Course at Turnberry

Reason for getting involved in Business Fours: Meeting new people and having the chance to play at Dundonald

Player Profiles

Derek Robertson

Handicap: 4

Home Club: Auchterarder

Favourite Golfing Memory: Paul Lawrie winning 1999 Open

Favourite Golf course: Cruden Bay

Reason for getting involved in Business Fours: Invitation

Mike Niven, Partnership Manager

Handicap- 4
Home Course-Galashiels Golf Club
Fav Golf Memory-Seve winning British Open Lytham 1988.
Fav Golf Course-Diamond Back (Florida)
Business Fours-great opportunity to make new contacts while also enjoying a round of golf.

Simon Milburn

Handicap – 11
Home Course-Galashiels Golf Club
Memory-Miracle at medinah
Fav Course-Royal Dornoch
Business Fours-opportunity to meet new people

John Wishart

Handicap – 11
Home Course-Gleneagles
Memory-Miracle at medinah
Fav Course- Harburn Golf Course
Business Fours-opportunity to meet new people

Player Profiles

Paul Curran, MD, Quartermile Developments

Handicap: 18

Home Club: No fixed abode

Favourite Golfing Memory: Ryder Cup

Favourite Golf course: The Montgomerie Golf Club, Dubai

Reason for getting involved in Business Fours: Chair of SPF

Robin Blacklock, Director, Grosvenor

Handicap: 19

Home Club: Kilspindie

Favourite Golfing Memory: my birdie at the 13th at Muirfield… including a 75ft putt!

Favourite Golf course: Penha Longa, Estoril, Portugal.

Reason for getting involved in Business Fours:‎ The opportunity presented itself!

Craig Weir, Senior Surveyor, TFT Consultants   

Handicap: 20

Home Club: Kings Acre Golf Club

Favourite Golfing Memory: The Miracle of Medinah in the Ryder Cup.

Favourite Golf course: St Andrews

Reason for getting involved in Business Fours: Good opportunity to meet new contacts.

Graham Rennie, Project Management Director, Quartermile Developments

Handicap: 16

Home Club: No fixed abode

Favourite Golfing Memory: 2 on a par 5

Favourite Golf course: The Ailsa Course, Turnberry

Reason for getting involved in Business Fours: Was told I was playing Royal Troon

Player Profiles

David Smith, Director

Handicap: 6

Home Club: Irvine golf club

Favourite Golfing Memory: Winning the Club Championship at Whitekirk Golf Club in 2012

Favourite Golf course: The Montgomerie Dubai

Reason for getting involved in Business Fours: Good team work with staff and good networking opportunities. To meet likeminded Business and share experiences

John Ross, Quantity Surveyor

Handicap: 8

Home Club: Renfrew

Favourite Golfing Memory: Eagle at the last hole at Marcrahanish

Favourite Golf course: Royal Troon

Reason for getting involved in Business Fours: Great to get out with Business colleagues outside the office environment. Looking forward to the golf and engaging with other companies . Great networking opportunities on a great golf course.

Russell Kennedy, Estimator

Handicap: 22

Home Club: Mont Ellan

Favourite Golfing Memory: Current Masters Champion (Play Station).. Beat my son in a play-off… On the golf course I have been fortunate to play many high quality courses, however I always love Playing Gleneagles..

Favourite Golf course: The Renaissance Club

Reason for getting involved in Business Fours: The opportunity to enjoy a day out with colleagues and other local businesses.

Bob Phin, Owner

Handicap: 9

Home Club: Renfrew

Favourite Golfing Memory: Hole in one at the 7th hole at Renfrew in a pro-am

Favourite Golf course: Old Head / Sawgrass

Reason for getting involved in Business Fours: It’s good to involve all staff to relax and enjoy a great golf course. Always love to meet new businesses and chat around the challenges in Business.

Player Profiles

Andrew Parker, Architect / Associate

Handicap: 18

Home Club: Currently unattached (formerly Bishopbriggs)

Favourite Golfing Memory: Playing up the 18th at Royal Troon 6 weeks before the Open with all the stands in place. As close as I’ll ever get!

Favourite Golf course: Royal Troon

Reason for getting involved in Business Fours: Increase company profile, make new contacts

Chris Fernand, Architectural Designer

Handicap: 18

Home Club: N/A

Favourite Golfing Memory: Miracle in Medina

Favourite Golf course: The Glen GC (North Berwick)

Reason for getting involved in Business Fours: Improve client relations

Neal McTavish, Architectural Technician

Handicap: 18

Home Club: Portlethen Golf Club

Favourite Golfing Memory: Hole in one at the 8th hole at Portlethen

Favourite Golf course: Gleneagles

Reason for getting involved in Business Fours: A great opportunity to enjoy a day out and make new contacts.

Kevin Fettes, Senior Technician

Handicap: 9

Home Club: Kemnay Golf Club

Favourite Golfing Memory: Winning the Kemnay Golf Club Division 1 Club Championship in my First year in Golf.

Favourite Golf course: Gleneagles Centenary

Reason for getting involved in Business Fours: An opportunity to meet new potential clients and raise our company profile. As well as getting a day off work to play golf!

Player Profiles

Tam O’Neil, Site Manager

Handicap: 4

Home Club: Haggs Castle Golf Club.

Favourite Golfing Memory: Stenson against Mickelson in the 2016 Open at Troon.

Favourite Golf course: Kings Barns

Reason for getting involved in Business Fours: Great networking opportunity and a chance to play on a fantastic course.

Aidan Moore, Assistant Quantity Surveyor

Handicap: 6

Home Club: Elderslie Golf Club

Favourite Golfing Memory: Europe’s come back in the 2012 Ryder Cup

Favourite Golf course: Machrihanish Dunes

Reason for getting involved in Business Fours: It’s an opportunity to get a day out with colleagues and enjoy a bit of harmless competition!

Alex Neil, Site Manager

Handicap: 14

Home Club: Haggs Castle Golf Club

Favourite Golfing Memory: Hole in One at Westerwood Golf Club

Favourite Golf course: Kings Barns Golf Club

Reason for getting involved in Business Fours: Great opportunity to make new contacts whilst enjoying a round of golf.

Steven McNellis, Construction Director

Handicap: 20

Home Club: Haggs Castle Golf Club

Favourite Golfing Memory: Hole in One at Sandy Hills invitational

Favourite Golf course: Loch Lomond Golf Club

Reason for getting involved in Business Fours: Good networking opportunity to strengthen client relationships and to get a day out with colleagues.

Player Profiles

Norman MacLean, Director

Handicap: 23

Home Club: Renfrew Golf Club

Scott Russell, Owner, Russell Joinery

Handicap: 14

Home Club: Renfrew Golf Club

Stuart MacKenzie, Owner, MacKenzie Builder

Handicap: 18

Home Club: Ralston Golf Club

Jim Hamilton, Owner, MacKenzie Builder

Handicap: 14

Home Club: Barshaw Golf Club

Player Profiles

Kieran Findlay, Editor

Handicap: 18
Home Club: Unattached
Favourite Golfing Memory: Being at Gleneagles for the Ryder Cup in 2014
Favourite Golf course: Drumoig
Reason for getting involved in Business Fours: Chance to dust off the old clubs and increase awareness of our publications

Dennis Briggs, Service Advisor

Handicap: 16

Home Club: Unattached

Favourite Golfing Memory: Drove a par 4 in one at the Torrance course in St Andrews

Favourite Golf course: Caird Park in Dundee

Reason for getting involved in Business Fours: Last minute replacement!

Douglas Sibbald, Director at Cappers Group Ltd

Handicap: 18
Home Club: Archerfield Links & Greenburn Fauldhouse TBC
Favourite Golfing Memory: Following Mickelson and Stenson at the Open in 2016
Favourite Golf course: Las Colinas, Alicante, Spain
Reason for getting involved in Business Fours: Chance invite but love the concept

Player Profiles

Gordon Raymond, Plumber

Handicap: 13

Home Club: Last home course Harburn golf club.

Favourite Golfing Memory: Playing at Gleneagles (getting 2 birdies)

Favourite Golf course: Kings course Gleneagles.

Reason for getting involved in Business Fours: Being able to represent the company I work for, playing a game I enjoy, also playing a really good golf course.

Gordon Bell, Joiner

Handicap: 12

Home Club: Bathgate Golf Club

Favourite Golfing Memory: Ryder Cup at Medinah

Favourite Golf course:

Reason for getting involved in Business Fours: I am looking forward to representing my company on a golf day on a course I have wanted to play on for a while.

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