Professional Services Heat West Scotland
Date – Thursday 23rd March
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.