Begbies Traynor complete Business Fives and Business Fours double at Corporate Golf Tournament Final
The summer season of Scotland’s national corporate golf tournament came to a climax at the national final of Business Fours on Tuesday 27th July at Ladybank Golf Club in Fife.
The event was supported by partners, Royal & Awesome and Caddyboo and the players were in with a chance to win £10,000 for their chosen charity if they were lucky enough to hit a hole in one on the 10th, a feat 2 golfers came tantalisingly close to managing.
Aberdeen based Fairfield Energy topped the live scoring leaderboard for most of the afternoon as they bid to win the donation for Prostate Cancer UK and back 9 rallies from Brewin Dolphin and Begbies Traynor saw the lead change hands several times in what was a thrilling finish. The players and spectators were able to follow along the live leaderboard courtesy of the VPAR scoring system which added to the drama on course.
Eventually it was insolvency practitioners Begbies Traynor and wealth management experts Brewin Dolphin who sat atop the leaderboard to scoop donations for their respective charities. After finishing tied for the lead the teams were separated only by a count back from the last 3 holes and it was Begbies Traynor who finished the stronger.
Boosted by an inspiring round from Partner Ken Pattullo it was compatriot Kenny Craig who sealed the win courtesy of holing the longest putt on the 18th green and picking up a prize for his heroics. The Begbies team were playing in support of High Carntyne Parish Church and walked away with a donation of £1,401.50 as well as the national trophy.
Ken Pattullo, Partner at Begbies Traynor said “It was a wonderful course and it was an event which will live long in everyone’s memories; special highlights were almost winning the hole in one prize which would have benefitted the charity by an additional £10,000 an winning the longest put competition on the last.
We are looking forward eagerly to defending our trophy next year, (hopefully successfully!).” That trophy will be added to their success in the 2018-19 winter season of Business Fives when they overcame PwC in the final to secure another £2,500 donation.
Brewin Dolphin can be very proud of their efforts and a stand out individual performance from Wilson Leggett who’s 2 over par round contributed to the team success as they won £668 for their chosen charity, Held in Our Hearts.
Aberdeen champions GEODIS were kitted out in their Royal & Awesome troos as they finished as top fundraisers at the event having raised £292 for Friends of Anchor.
Defending champions Howden Compressors, once again supporting Maggies had a spirited defence of the trophy but a slow start inevitably cost them as they passed the title of National business golf champions across to Begbies Traynor.
With each company involved selecting their own charity cause to play in support of there was a variety of charities represented, Tayside based Intona were playing for Cash for Kids Tay. They were joined on the course by previous finalists Equator who were playing in support of Alzheimers Scotland.
With fine conditions on course there was a lot of quality golf on display and the individual awards went to Colin Campbell from Howden Group who bagged the ‘Longest Drive’ bragging rights at hole 13. The Nearest The Pin on 12 went to John Wiseman from Fairfield Energy for his fine approach after putting it to 4 foot on the Hole in One hole 10th. Begbies Traynor captain Thomas McKay who also captained his Business Fives team to victory went closest on the 4th hole.
Thomas McKay, Partner at Begbies Traynor said said “We always enjoy these golf events and the opportunity to get some exercise and speak to like-minded business professionals but even more so since the pandemic began, which has impacted us all in many ways and of course social interaction.
The golf was great fun and we had a good day, with all of our team and the participating teams contributing to the event, with the charities being the real winners.
John and his team were great hosts (as always). Everyone is always very friendly and the business events run very smoothly.
It was very much a team effort with everyone contributing and of course our team winning on the 18th hole added some drama!”
Founder of Business Fours, John McClarey, was delighted with how the events went and said: “This seasons golf events have felt a bit different amidst the ongoing pandemic and we are proud that the golf course has once again proven a safe environment for golfers to demonstrate their commitment to charity.
Having worked closely with Begbies Traynor and Brewin Dolphin for several years we are thrilled that our donation will be going to their chosen charity and would like to pass on our congratulations to them as well as our thanks to all the golfers that took part throughout the season”