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30 Jun 2017
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HOYER UK Golf Championship

On Tuesday 7th June Hoyer held its inaugural UK Golf Championship at the stunning Belfry Hotel & Golf Resort in Wishaw. Host to more Ryder Cup matches than any other venue in the world, and steeped in tournament history, The Belfry was an outstanding venue for this event, helped significantly by the fact that the weather on the day was exceptional.

The event was held in response to several “Ask-the-Board” requests and included 26 players – 14 drivers and 12 staff representing contracts and locations across the Company. Playing the “Stableford” format, the famous PGA National (the only PGA branded course in England) was the golfers’ challenge for the day – and this Championship course, in hot and humid conditions, definitely proved a challenge!

After the round of golf everyone joined together for a few drinks at the 19th hole before attending dinner in The Ryder Room – the same location where, in 2002, the European and American Ryder Cup teams held their post-event dinner and awards ceremony.

Not to be outdone by our professional counterparts, we also held our Awards ceremony during dinner.

The winner of the whole event was Justin Goodby, Petrolog Fleet driver based in Kingsbury, and the only person on the day to beat their handicap and score above 36 points. In second place was Jim Cairns, Driver Trainer Supervisor on the Total Bitumen / Fuel Oils contracts who narrowly beat Joe Lydiate, HCC Despatch Manager, who was 3rd. Justin, Jim and Joe all won golf vouchers and various golf paraphernalia and were worthy winners on a very challenging course.

Prizes were also awarded to Steve Freer (Shell contract, Kinsgbury) for Nearest the Pin and Allan Davison (Operations Director) for Longest Drive.

However, the biggest cheer of the night was undoubtedly for the winners of the Wooden Spoon! Mark Roystone (Fleet Engineer) and Steve Lowcock (LTM, Shell Stanlow) set what must be a record low Stableford score by scoring just 7 points each and finishing joint last, by some distance! Both Mark and Steve were very proud of their achievement and seemed determined to return next year to defend their ‘title’…..

Congratulations again to Justin Goodby for winning the event with an excellent score on a very difficult and challenging course. Feedback on the day from all participants was excellent and we will undoubtedly hold the event again next year. Keep your eye out for how to put your name forward for next year’s event, details of which will be in the first issue of the Hoyer Newsletter in 2017.

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