The second annual Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School golf day proved a big hit with alumni, parents, corporate partners and local businesses turning out in large numbers to show their support for the school.Walmley Golf Club
in Sutton Coldfield once again played host to the event on June 9, with the acclaimed par 71, 6259-yard parkland course proving the perfect location for 2016’s inaugural event.
The superb course was set-up to test the better players, whilst offering hope to the less committed golfers, with an array of competitions including the better-ball Stableford competition, longest drives, beat the Pro, closest the pin, together with putting and chipping contests.
There was also the chance to win a brand-new car for anyone capable of a hole-in-one at the course’s iconic 18th
hole – a prize that unfortunately went unclaimed this year.
Matt & Angie Harrison took the main prize with a solid 42 points, just ahead of Dean Hoffman & John Pigott with 40 points, who came second on back-nine score.
Third Prize went to Danny Longhorne & Tony Ormond, fourth came Ian Ind & Dave Holland, with Costa Loizou and Kulv coming in fifth. Stan Checkett won the putting competition and Martin Franklin the chipping.
Phi Durose won the £100 Golf Shop voucher for being drawn out of the hat for 'Beating the Pro' on the 5th
This year’s event was a huge success, thanks in no small part to the main sponsor X2 Furniture
, whose branded gazebo on the first tee reminded everyone why they were there and offered shelter from the occasional shower. Happily, on what was a warm day, X2 Furniture also provided goody bags for everyone, with food and water to keep golfers sustained throughout their efforts.Lowe Sawyer Financial Planning
and Tamworth Steel Stockholders
, both members of the BVGS Corporate Partnership programme sponsored the longest drive and ‘Beat the Pro’ competitions respectively, which added to the day’s entertainment.
Development Director & Deputy Director of Sport at Bishop Vesey’s GS, Brian Davies commented: “It was important to follow up last year’s event with another success this year as we try and establish this as a key date in the local sporting calendar."
“It is a great opportunity for local businesses, alumni and parents to network and connect with members of the BVGS recently created Corporate Partnership programme, whilst raising money to help the development of sport at the school in face of the swingeing education cuts."
“The first of 120 golfers teed off at 9.00am and a steady stream headed out onto the course with the last making their way out around 3.30pm, before everyone assembled in the Clubhouse at 8.30pm for the prize giving. We also had a further 30 guests join us for some food and casual networking throughout the day."
“The final total raised is still being calculated, but it was a very successful day for BVGS and will enable us to make huge improvements across a variety of sports next year! The feedback has been very positive and next year’s event is booked at the same venue for Friday June 8 and we already have tee times booked by some of those involved this year.”