Written on 23rd September 2014

Golf, lack of goals and a summer of sport

Cast your minds back earlier this year to June. The country was anticipating a great summer of sport.

Andy Murray, the first Britain in a generation to defend a Wimbledon Gentlemen’s Singles title, The Commonwealth Games at the end of July was on the horizon and let’s face it, with the immediate history we have of putting on a World class sporting events it was eagerly anticipated. Also eagerly anticipated and very much underway was the FIFA World Cup in Brazil. This was to form part of the TAG Invitational Golf Day held at The Centurion Club Hemel Hempstead on 24th June Supported by our sponsors from Lufthansa and Hyatt.

Here was the plan:

  • 15 players invited from selected clients. Check.
  • Amazing surroundings. Check.
  • Unseasonably hot weather. Check.
  • 18 holes of fiercely competitive golf with fantastic prizes for the winners. Check.

Meet back at the Clubhouse for the prize giving, some well-deserved refreshments and to watch England qualify from the group stages against lowly Costa Rica to progress in the World Cup.

Hmmm, well 4 out of 5 isn’t bad. In fact golf aside the most entertaining part of the football was to learn that Luis Suarez had bitten Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini.

So with hindsight, the World Cup, entertaining as it was, was nothing short of a disaster for the England Team. Scotlands’ favourite son fought gallantly but in vain, failing to retain the Wimbledon title and the people of Glasgow did their city proud and staged the most successful Commonwealth Games ever. It certainly was a great summer of sport and we like to think our golf invitational added to that and was certainly played in a great spirit.

Now, for the important part the results. Taking first place was Tour Manager Sean Fitzpatrick whom for his efforts won a 2 night stay at the Grand Hyatt Berlin. Gerhard Blum from Sony Music took second place after an immense last five holes and will enjoy 2 night stay at the Sofitel Munich Bayerpost. Finally third place went to Dick Mackey of BlueCrest, New York winning a Samsung tablet.

As well as individual scores using the Stableford system there was also a closest the pin competition which was also won by Gerhard from Sony.

Big thanks goes to our sponsors, Christina Pepper from Lufthansa and Brendan O’Dwyer from Hyatt and of course our all of our guests, Sean Fitzpatrick, Tour Manager of Kylie Minogue, Gerhard Blum, Sony Music, Dick Mackey, BlueCrest Capital, Marc Webbon, Getty Images, John McIntyre, Phil McIntyre Entertainment, Bryce Edge, Manager – Radiohead, Bert Schorer, Sony Music, Rick Pope, Tour Manager of Jamiroquai, Ian Rees, Admaxim, Bill Leabody, PM of Coldplay, Steve Cox, Tour Manager of Nigel Kennedy , Simon Taylor, The Eden Club, and Oliver Kelly.

Finally special thanks goes to John Gianquitto and Ian Patterson our hosts from TAG, please click here to view the full picture gallery.

Author : Ian Davies , Sales and Marketing Director

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