There’s nothing like a bit of friendly competition, especially when it’s in aid of a great cause! With many keen golfers here at Howco, we recently invited players from across our sites in England and Scotland to put their prowess to the test and help us raise money for St. Luke’s Hospice, Sheffield.
To ramp up the competitiveness that little bit further, we settled on a Ryder Cup style competition, which pitted the two nations against each other.
Every epic challenge needs a fitting venue, so 26 players from our Irvine, Sheffield, Bredbury, Glasgow and Cumbernauld locations, plus three of our Scottish customers, headed to The Belfry in Sutton Coldfield. This award-winning hotel and resort in Warwickshire is simply stunning and has not one but three world-class golf courses within its grounds. Fittingly, it’s also hosted more Ryder Cup competitions than any other course in the world.
Our teams more than rose to the challenge, with a hotly contested competition that saw £1200 raised on the day. These funds came via individual donations and fun penalties that we introduced to make our own Ryder Cup a little bit more interesting – and even more competitive! Those penalties included a £3 donation for losing a ball, a £2 penalty for anyone hitting a shot into the water and £1 for every ball which ended up in a bunker.
Wondering who won?
In the end, the honours went to the Scotland team, and the overall winner was Derek Jeffrey from our Irvine plant. We have a feeling that England will want a rematch soon.
Following the day’s play, all players sat down to a delicious three-course meal with prize-giving ceremony. The winning team all received a beautifully engraved whisky glass to commemorate their triumph. Particular thanks must go to Special Melted Products Ltd, Sheffield who donated a holiday voucher as a prize and champagne, which went to Derek Jeffrey.
To support the incredible work that St. Luke’s Hospice does, and the vital palliative care that the staff provide to Sheffield residents, Howco has made an additional contribution, taking the total amount raised from the golf day to £3,000. Well done to all who took part.