The much-anticipated Quiss Golf Day, highlight of this year’s sporting calendar, took place at the hilly, undulating course of Staverton Park, Daventry, chosen for not only its excellent golf facilities, but the superb hotel, spa and swimming pool.
The most intrepid of our clients, suppliers and Quiss staff (easy to spot in their neon pink shirts), headed off early in the rain for a light-hearted nine-hole Texas Scramble competition.
Now the rules proved a little tough for some and are too complicated to explain here, but suffice to say the scoring was somewhat erratic and the word ‘bandit’ was thrown around liberally.
We had a record number of teams in the main event, the 18-hole Team Stableford, which teed off in nice bright sunshine. Unfortunately, the planned putting competition succumbed to the pace of play on the day, which slowed as players stopped to admire their superb shots!
A number of our clients enjoyed several different spa treatments, choosing to soothe away their stresses, rather than add to them on the golf course. Excitingly, for the first year, we booked the services of a professional hula-hooper, who showed the benefits of hips, thighs and core muscles working in perfect union.
As ever, we all assembled in the bar for pre-dinner drinks and a chance to view a photographic record of the day’s events, which entertained with its mix of great poses, good shots, better putts and a few mishaps.
Dinner was excellent, wine flowed and there were plenty of laughs. Our guests were royally entertained by Russ Williams, our comedian for the night, but it was all just a pre-cursor to the main event, the award ceremony, compered superbly by our own Nick Hayne.
The team prize went to Clive Taylor, Stephen Akers, Luke Hurst and Derek Spencer.
The individual results were: 1st Ben Woodall of AJ Gallagher; 2nd Dean Holtham of Birmingham City FC; 3rd Derek Spencer of PERI.
Legal consultant Phil Whitehead won the nearest the pin on the Par-3 and Luke Hurst of Ashtons Legal was nearest the pin in two on the Par-4. Derek Spencer of PERI, already part of the winning team, also took the longest drive competition.
The final award is the one feared by all golfers, the Toilet Seat for the worst golfer on the day, or more likely the most honest who counted every shot and this years ‘winner’ was Richard Lambie of Tanner Pharmaceuticals.
There was no prize for team or individual for the hula-hoopers, but special mention must be given to Denise Warlow of JCP Solicitors and Kim Archer for literally throwing themselves into it!
As is now tradition, we also held a raffle and a Heads and Tails quiz in the evening and due to the kind generosity of all of our guests we managed to raise over £1300 for a good cause. This years worthy beneficiary was Ty Hafan which is a Welsh charity supporting life-limited children. One of our guests, Hayley Davies of JCP Solicitors has undertaken numerous challenges over recent months for this charity including a sky dive, the Welsh 3 peaks and cycling from London to Paris! We all agreed that any money we raised should go there.
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