The 11th HFG Summer Golf Day was hosted at Burhill Golf Club again in the middle of this glorious heatwave. With the old course booked out and 72 clients confirmed it was destined to be another great day on the course. After a hearty breakfast and a couple of aperitifs to get the nerves settled; the players headed out for the shotgun start.
With the hooter sounded the golf began; Andrew Mumford (Neon) was off to a flying start making par at the first three holes and looking ominous. Richard Heppell (Neon) and Mark channell (Dale Underwriting) were also off to good starts and with the course playing long and the greens rewarding good shots there was a good chance to score well.
Defending champion Huw Thomas couldn’t keep his form from last year and with Jamie Thomson (Howden) and Will Mayes (RMS) the two longest off the tee pushing hard it was going to be close at the top.
The two nearest the pins went to Simon Ricks and Harinder Kaila.
The half-way hut was a welcome sight as the players quenched their thirsts and some of the real athletes enjoyed a sausage roll or two. With the greens becoming even faster it was Charl Cronje (LCP) and Nigel Gray (Zurich) who adapted well rolling in some long putts to keep their scorecard building nicely.
With temperatures in the high twenties now it was a case of who could hold on for the last few holes. There were Tiger Woodsesque cheers on the 17th, with Tim Peters (China Re), Paul Doran Jones (wasps and England rugby club), Andy Beecroft (Guy Carpenter) all cheering on their partner Anthony Southern (Watford Re) as he rolled in another long put to take his stableford score into the 40s. Surely that would be another to take the spoils?!
As the players retreated to the terrace, for a wonderful bbq, drinks, tales and “if only I hadn’t five putted on the 6th green” stories. With everyone scoring well, it was going to be tight to see whether Anthony Southern had done enough to keep Mark Channell and Richard Heppell away from the coveted HFG trophy. As it turned out his long putt on 17 had, and he was the day’s victor.
With some wonderful prizes won for the top three, longest drives and nearest the pins. The team of Mexican bandits including Anthony Southern, Tim Peters, Paul Doran Jones and Andy Beecroft were quickly discussing whether the NED rooftop bar was a fitting place to celebrate their glory!
The day was a wonderful success for everyone and we raised £1000 on the day for the National Autistic society in memory of the late, great John O’Neill (Marketform). John is sorely missed by the insurance market and on the golf course, the kindest, most patient man. I am sure he was looking down and smiling at some of the mixed golf shots on Friday. RIP John and thank you to all of those who attended.
Written by William Gallimore.