Professional Services Heat West Scotland

Date – Thursday 23rd March

Companies involved:

Dundonald links Glasgow’ Professional Services sector together

Scottish Open venue, Dundonald Links hosted the first West coast qualifier for Scotland’s national business golf tournament in a fine dry day in Ayrshire.  Glasgow’s Professional Services sector was represented by companies eager to book their place in the national final at St Andrews.

The tournament is supporting two charity partners, the Yard Scotland and Beatson Cancer Charity with Corporate Partnership Manager, Dawn Ferguson on hand to provide participants with an insight into the fantastic work the charity is involved in.  Before play commenced players had already donated £327.50 to charity via the charity raffle and competitions on offer.

Dawn Ferguson, Corporate Partnerships Fundraiser at Beatson Cancer Charity said: “Beatson Cancer Charity is delighted to be benefitting as a charity partner of Business Fours. 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.”

Tournament supporters, the Scottish Event Campus in Glasgow, recently rebranded from the SECC donated generous prizes to support the charitable efforts on the day with players walking away with tickets to upcoming gigs at the Hydro as well as a fourball to play Trump Turnberry kindly donated by the course.  Other prizes were supported by WEST Brewery and tournament supporters, Royal & Awesome who have donated the coveted prize of their flamboyant trousers to be worn by the winning teams from the four heats at the national final.

That honour was bestowed to the team from Greater Glasgow Hotels Association, helped by some very steady scoring by all four team members Jamie Stevens, Anthony Adams, Ameet Juttla and Allan Boyd.

Nearest the Pin winners were Lachlan Smith from Equator Scotland for his fine approach to the par 3 6th hole, which is sure to be a test for the professionals in June at the Scottish Open.  Brewin Dolphin’s Wilson Leggett was closest at the 11th with a brilliant approach that just got inside colleague Alasdair Ronald’s approach.

The format of Business Fours is aimed at increasing engagement and interaction with other companies as well as enjoying time out of the office with colleagues in a relaxed and informal setting.  The format was very much embraced by all those in attendance and the day was played in fantastic spirits both on and off the course.

With players split up the best scoring fourball was the last on the course helped largely by James Kerr’s fantastic scoring in the mid 40’s and bolstered by team mates Alasdair Ronald from Brewin Dolphin, Brent Romany from Equator Scotland and Peter Jarvie from the SEC Glasgow.

The teams joining the Greater Glasgow Hotels Association in qualifying for the national final were Begbies Traynor, Equator Scotland and Brewin Dolphin who joined counterparts from their Edinburgh office at the national final.  They will join teams from Anderson Strathern, Turcan Connell and Edinburgh Airport at St Andrews Fairmont on May 24th to decide the national business golf champions 2017.

The action continues in 2 weeks with the Construction, Housing & Property heat again at Dundonald Links and qualifying concludes when the Technology & IT sector meet at Craigielaw on April 26th.

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Player Profiles

Brent Romany, Head of IT

Handicap: 26

Home Club: Douglas Park Golf Club,

Favourite Golfing Memory: Augusta Masters 2005, Tiger Woods chip shot on the 16th hole

Favourite Golf course: Archerfield Fidra, Visiting Archerfield was an experience on its own, one which we have experience a couple of times over the years. The recently opened Performance Fitting Centre is fantastic and among others, Michael Jordan got fitted there the two week before our last visit.

Reason for getting involved in Business Fours: Equator is all about extending our expertise to help where we can. Therefore this event would allow us the opportunity to support another local charity and  interact with like-minded businesses.

Lachlan Smith, Company Accountant

Handicap: 18

Home Club: N/A

Favourite Golfing Memory: Rory vs. Reed Ryder Cup showdown

Favourite Golf course: The Buchanan Castle Golf Club, this course isn’t long but is maintained to a very high standard. The greens are quite flat, but are smooth and true

Reason for getting involved in Business Fours: The opportunity to play and interact with local businesses throughout what would be and exciting day

David Petrie, Development Director

Handicap: 12

Home Club: Balmore Golf Club

Favourite Golfing Memory: Sergio Garcia throwing his shoe away at Wentworth.  Good to know the Pros have those days also!

Favourite Golf course: St Andrew’s Fairmont.  Both courses are superb with amazing views of the Fife coastline.

Reason for getting involved in Business Fours: Equator is all about extending our expertise to help where we can. Therefore this event would allow us the opportunity to support another local charity and  interact with like-minded businesses.

Charles Cameron, PR and Social Manager

Handicap: 22

Home Club: Loudoun Gowf Club

Favourite Golfing Memory: With everyone watching and the pressure on, pinging a drive straight down the middle on the 1st tee at the Ailsa course at Turnberry. No better feeling – especially for a hacker. Missed the birdie putt, mind you.

Favourite Golf course: The Sir Henry Cotton Championship Course at Penina Golf Resort in Portugal takes some beating. My first golf holiday, with your friends, and in the sunshine – amazing. Back in Portugal in a few months so might have a new favourite course then…

Reason for getting involved in Business Fours: Equator prides itself on building strong relationships with companies and people – and Business Fours gives us an opportunity to meet like-minded individuals. And to have lots of fun along the way.

Player Profiles

Wilson Leggett, Assistant Director

Handicap: 11

Home Club: Mar Hall

Favourite Golfing Memory: Scoring a gross 69 round Dunblane New GC & 5 holes in one, not all on the same day.

Favourite Golf course: Turnberry Ailsa & Kingsbarns

Reason for getting involved in Business Fours: To promote Brewin Dolphin’s wealth management services and network whilst enjoying a round of golf.

Douglas Cameron, Director

Handicap: 16

Home Club: Western Gailes

Favourite Golfing Memory: Receiving a round of applause from the watching crowd for holing a long put on the 18th at The Old Course (albeit for a par).

Favourite Golf course: Kings Barns / Turnberry

Reason for getting involved in Business Fours:  Really keen to meet with others in the professional services arena in a sociable way while enjoying a round of golf.

Gordon Macdonald, Director

Handicap: 21

Home Club: Mar hall

Favourite Golfing Memory: Playing Pebble Beach

Favourite Golf course: Turnberry

Reason for getting involved in Business Fours: A good format to network and spend time developing relationships

Alasdair Ronald, Director

Handicap:  22

Home Club:  Glasgow Golf Club

Favourite Golfing Memory:  Taking a dozen friends/family to Machrihanish on my 50th birthday

Favourite Golf course:  Muirfield

Reason for getting involved in Business Fours:  To meet like-minded individuals in a relaxed setting and enjoy a round of golf.

Player Profiles

Peter Jarvie, Electrician

Handicap:13

Home Club: Hamilton golf course

Favourite Golfing Memory: Steve  Ballesteros Ryder cup ( what a player )

Favourite Golf course: St Andrews Old Course

Reason for getting involved in Business Fours: I like the idea of representing the SEC.

Scott Cassidy, Pipework Services Engineer

Handicap: 18 unofficial

Home Club : non-member social golfer

Favourite Golfing Memory: Sandy Lyles 1988 Masters victory

Favourite Golf course: Crail

Reason for getting involved in Business Fours: to share the values of the rebranded company.

Martin Fisher, Electrician

Handicap:  11

Home Club:  Wishaw Golf Club

Favourite Golfing Memory:  Seve’s celebration to win the Open

Favourite Golf course:  Kingsbarns

Reason for getting involved in Business Fours: Great way to spend time outside work with work mates and meet new people from other businesses. Playing Dundonald links should also be a great golfing test.

Jamie Taylor, Group Show Manager

Handicap: 13

Home Club: Forrester Park

Favourite Golfing Memory: Hole in one at Lough Earne Northern Ireland when I hit a duff shot and it went in for a hole in one

Favourite Golf course: Kingsbarns

Reason for getting involved in Business Fours: Golf is a great way to socialise with other businesses in a non formal manner, something I do a lot with my job.

Player Profiles

Ken Pattullo, Regional Managing Partner

Handicap: 18

Home Club: none

Favourite Golfing Memory: being part of the team which won the Glasgow Warriors golf comp. (with 3 much better golfers!)

Favourite Golf course: Carrick

Reason for getting involved in Business Fours: Networking / golf

Kenny Craig, Partner

Handicap: 18

Home Club: Royal Troon

Favourite Golfing Memory: Jack Nicklaus St Andrews 1978. Final Day.

Favourite Golf course: Boat of Garten/Any I play well on.

Reason for getting involved in Business Fours: Business/Golf

Thomas Mckay, Partner

Handicap: 18

Home Club: Milngavie‎ Golf Club

Favourite Golfing Memory: Tiger Woods 16th hole Augusta chip in, 2005

Favourite Golf course: Poipu Beach, Kauai Hawaii

Reason for getting involved in Business Fours: networking/golf

Lindsay Kerr, Director at Eddisons Commercial Property Management

Handicap: 14

Home Club: Prestwick

Favourite Golfing Memory: Anything involving the late Seve Ballesteros

Favourite Golf course: Royal County Down

Reason for getting involved in Business Fours: Business Development/Golf

Player Profiles

Jamie Stevens, Regional GM Village Hotels/Co-Chair GGHA

Handicap: 19

Home Golf course: Mar Hall

Memory personal: Hole in one at Stirling golf course aged 16. Total hysteria!

Memory professional: Sandy Lyle’s bunker shot on 18 at Augusta IN 1987

Favourite course: Loch Lomond

Reason for being involved: to promote Glasgow hotels

Anthony Adams, Manager, Morrison Utility Services

Handicap: 18

Home Golf course: Mar Hall

Memory: Playing my best round at old Course Vilamoura 2016

Memory professional: Tiger being Tiger. BOOM!

Favourite course: The Kings Course Gleneagles

Allan Boyd, Granite Services, Turbine Technician

Handicap: 10

Home Golf course: Clydebank and District

Memory: Winning the clubs singles title in 2003

Memory professional: Sandy Lyle at Royal Troon in 1989 and he even gave me a wave

Favourite course: Pitlochry GC

Ameet Juttla, ScottishPower Renewables, Global Services Engineer

Handicap: 12

Home Golf course: Mar Hall

Memory: a friend falling into the water after losing a par 3 challenge

Memory professional: Poulter firing the crowd up at the Ryder Cup

Favourite course: Machrihanish GC

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