The sun has always shone brightly on the annual Quiss Technology Golf Day, but we knew one day our luck would run out. In September, the heavens opened and the drought ended, however spirits were not dampened and a good time was had by all; judging by the bar bill.

De Vere Staverton Park Golf Course and Spa in Daventry again played host to our event, with more than 40 golfers hoping to tame the hills, sand and water that combine to test even the best.

The keenest club swingers were challenged with a 9-hole Texas Scramble to get the muscles moving, before the afternoon’s main event, the prestigious 18-hole team Stableford. We also threw in a few additional competitions, like nearest the pin, nearest the pin in 2, longest drive and Beat the Pro – a 3-par challenge, not a boxing match.

For those who chose not to play a round, there was plenty in the Spa to help them relax and forget all about the weather outside, to say nothing of their personal stresses.

This year, to help with the relaxation theme, we arranged for a Cocktail Maestro to teach the non-golfers how to mix their favourite drinks. And sip their way through a few too, while all were resplendent in their spa robes. Quite a sight!

After the sporting day was concluded on the increasingly sodden course outside, everyone readied themselves for the evening’s entertainment. Showers were taken, hair was primped, make-up was applied and glad rags were squeezed into – the ladies also readied themselves.

Following a sumptuous dinner, the crowd was royally entertained by our comedian for the night, who managed to remember it was 2017 and not 1977, eventually.

The final formal act for the night was to tot up the scores and award the prizes. The individual winners were 1st – Richard Hales, 2nd – Clive Taylor and 3rd – Tony Antoniou.

There also must be a special mention for Paul Jones from PERI, who achieved that rarest of golfing feats, a hole in one. There were no prizes for the spa or cocktail mixing but it appeared all were winners, even if it made some a little more tired than most!

Tracy Armstrong, Marketing Manager, Quiss Technology plc