Race for Golf Classic final begins

Fifteen teams competed at John O’Gaunt golf course in Bedfordshire earlier this week, in the first regional heat for the 2008 BMJ Golf Classic.

Race for Golf Classic final begins

The weather stayed fine for the day’s play as 58 players took to the course in the hope of securing one of the 13 southern places in the Grand final in Le Touquet in September.

The places were awarded to members of the top three highest-scoring teams and to the highest individual score for players not in a winning team.

The results were as follows:

1st place team:

Graeme Andrews, Qualitex Supplies; Duncan Andrews, Qualitex Supplies; Mark Hughes, Polypipe; Kieran Burke, Grafton.

2nd place team:

Kelvin Jones, Hanson; Dave Carter, Gibbs & Dandy; Mathew Lewis, Travis Perkins; Dave Lovell, Lawsons

3rd place team:

Dave Weller, Lawsons; John Gould, Faversham House Group; Dean Harris, Gordons Builders Merchants; Paul White, Parker Building Supplies

Highest individual score for member of a non-winning team went to John Wyatt of Kingsley with a score of 30.

Captain of the winning team, Mark Hughes, said, “It’s been a cracking day! It’s the first time I’ve been and it’s been a credit to the organisers – thanks very much.”

Click here to view the John O’Gaunt photos

The Golf Classic is organised by BMJ and sponsored by six key industry players: Castle Cement, Catnic, Feb, Hanson, Marshalls and first time sponsor Polypipe. Each heat is organised by two of the sponsors.

Hanson and Polypipe were responsible for the southern heat, and, said Hanson’s Stuart Parker, it was “another successful day at John O’Gaunt. And it’s been great to see so many new faces this year from our new co-sponsor Polypipe.”

His Polypipe counterpart, md building products John Fairhurst, agreed, “We were very pleased to be asked to take over the sponsorship of the BMJ Golf Classic, and I have to say the John O’Gaunt course was in superb condition – but to win the players had to play exceptionally well! It’s great to see such a good gathering of people from the trade.”

About Fiona Russell-Horne

Group Managing Editor across the BMJ portfolio.

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