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.
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
Beat The Pro: David White
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.”