Official 2016 GIMA Charity Golf Day roundup

The GIMA Charity Golf Day, 9th June 2016, was once again a hot and sunny affair with 20 teams battling it out for various accolades including closest to the pin and longest drive.  Hundreds of GIMA members and their retail partners attended the golf and the evening dinner which raised thousands of pounds for this year’s designated gardening charities, Greenfingers and Perennial.

Headline sponsor Gardenforum and organiser Andy Bestwick awarded this year’s cup to Grange, who finished a clear 3 points ahead of their rivals.

The golfers took part to compete in teams of four, with Bord Na Mona, Westland, Zest 4 Leisure, Smart Garden, Decco, Perennial, Vitax, Boughton Loam, Sunshine Garden Centre, Grange,
Forest,
HTA, Deco-Pak, Woodlodge, Briers and Town & Country all putting forward at least one team to play at the Telford Hotel and Golf Resort in Shropshire.

Due to the fierce heat, the golf turned out to be especially challenging, but thanks to refreshments stands from Westland and Maryanne Stokes, all 20 teams managed to enjoy the full 6,741 yards of the 18 hole championship course.

Team results

1st                                                          Grange                                 90 Points

Team 2nd                                        Westland A                       87 Points ( on Countback)

3rd place:                                         Woodlodge                        87 Points

Team Booby Prize:                        Smart Garden B                49 Points

Individual results

 

Beat The Pro:                                        David White

Brian Archibold

Mike Kynd

Mark Dedman

Steve Ainscough

Charles Stubbs

Taj Ghala

Phil Burgoyne

Greg Holden

Chris Norris

Roger Cumisky

Gary Kenyon

Gerard Smith

John Lawton

Rod Slater

Simon Neate

Neil Blake

Richard Newton

Martyn Olsen

Paul Crossley

Gary Price

Pete Bunker

Tony Blake

Nearest the pin (3rd hole):                 Gerard Smith

Nearest the pin (11th):                        Rod Slater

Nearest the pin (16th):                        Andy Bunker

Nearest the pin in 2, (8th):                  Gerard Smith

Longest Drive (14th):                            Phil Burgoyne

Straightest Drive (18th):                       Simon Hedley

At the evening dinner, golfers and attendees were treated to a three course meal and entertainment from Steve Kindon, kindly sponsored by Grange, a former football player who made everyone laugh with anecdotes from his humble yet exciting career at Wolves, Burnley and England B.  Over £1500 was raised in raffle tickets alone, with hundreds more coming from generous bids during the charity auction that followed.

On behalf of GIMA, director Vicky Nuttall said: “All in all, this was another successful golf day, raising much needed funds for charity and creating invaluable time spent with friends, colleagues, and acquaintances.  A great deal of thanks must go to our sponsors, including Garden Forum, Grange Fencing, Bord Na Mona, Maryanne Stokes, Westland / Bucktons, Vitax, Woodlodge, Bord Na Mona, Smart Garden Products, Garden Press Event, Deco Pak, Zest 4 Leisure, Hozelock, The HTA, Forest Garden, Nigel Thompson Associates, Hornby Whitefoot PR, Cadix, Steve Burden Photography, Garden Trade News, Andy Bestwick, Outback BBQ’s, Think Outside, Petface and Q Hotels.”

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