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Tee-off in great company – take part in the 28th Annual Golf Classic Competition

We are delighted to announce entrance is open for the 2020 Golf Classic. Now in its 28th year the prestigious Golf Classic tournament remains a favourite calendar event attracting players from across mainland UK. As the only national golfing tournament, exclusively for those working in the construction industry, not only does it offer great golf, it is equally valued for the important networking and the new business opportunities it affords and the friendships forged.

Many of our players return each year to take part but it is always great to attract new participants to this always friendly but competitive tournament. Half price entry is available for those that introduce new teams to the tournament.

Are you ready for the challenge?

Taking Part
Entry is open to everyone in the construction industry. Entry costs just £46 per two ball team. Enter by the end of February, the tournament kicks off in March 2020. Teams compete through five knockout rounds, playing alternately at home or away venues regionally with green-fees being shared.

The Grand Final
The 2020 finalists, who have won their way through the five knock out rounds, will battle it out to be crowned the Golf Classic champions in early October. The final will be played on the Nicklaus-designed course at the fabulous Carden Park Hotel and Golf Resort, Cheshire, which was the winner of England's Best Golf Hotel at the recent World Golf Awards. All finalists enjoy free golf, gala dinner, prize-giving and overnight stay.

Win Along the Way
Even if you don't make it to the grand final there are lots of ways to win prizes throughout the competition. Share your anecdotes with us for a chance to win spot prizes in each round which include branded golf balls, caps and umbrellas. If you manage to get a Hole in One, you'll stand a chance of competing in the final – even if your team has been knocked out.

How it works
The Golf Classic team handle the admin. and matching, leaving players to enjoy their golf. Entering couldn't be easier. The tournament is open to those employed within the UK Mainland construction industry. Entries must arrive by the end of February and play tees-off in March 2020.

East to enter
Payment couldn't be simpler and can be made by PayPal, credit or debit card, cheque or online banking. Entry costs just £46 per two ball team. Simply email info@thegolfclassic.co.uk, call 01892 752300 or visit www.thegolfclassic.co.uk to enter online.

Our supporters
We are very grateful to Marley Plumbing and Drainage for their continued support of this fabulous tournament. The company is a leading manufacturer of above and below ground drainage products. The Golf Classic is also delighted to be supported by the specialist UK construction press and media.

Enter now and join us for great golf in 2020! We look forward to welcoming you!


Grand Finale to The Construction Industry Golf Classic

The prestigious venue for this year's Golf Classic Gala Dinner and Prize Giving event could not have been more iconic for the finalists, sponsors and media partners who joined us in the hallowed Ryder Room at The Belfry on Friday 27th September 2019.

Thirty two golfers played the PGA Course at the luxury golf resort with hope in their hearts and smiles all round. The finalists had won through five rounds of golf to be at the event. The Golf Classic is now in its 27th year and rightly holds a paramount place in industry calendar, being as it is, the only national golfing tournament exclusively for those working within UK mainland construction.

Our finalists not only represented golf played geographically across the country, they also demonstrated the breadth of professional services and trades that go to make up our vibrant working community, from architects and lighting design to plumbing, electrical engineers and specialist plastering.

The final day's play progressed through the elements and eighteen exhilarating, challenging holes, until all the points of each team were tallied and the winners confirmed.

The Belfry has hosted the Ryder Cup on four occasions and staged numerous European Tour events. Among the more memorable of these was the 2002 Ryder Cup where Sam Torrance captained the triumphant European team. Indeed, the Ryder Room, our base for the day and evening's events, was famously where Sam discussed strategy and tactics, gave team talks and from whose balcony those same players later celebrated with champagne before the rapturous spectators gathered below.

Stan James, Marley Plumbing and Drainage Manging Director presented winning finalist team Steve Hodgson and Colin Trestrail, and Runners Up team, brothers Gary and David Fountain with their trophies and prizes. Runner up David Fountain said of the day, "As far as my brother and I are concerned we had already won by being here and taking part in such a wonderful day. We knew from the 1st hole that our opponents were going to be tough to beat and so it transpired. It was nip and tuck all around this wonderful course with Steve and Colin winning through by a single point on the last."

This was the second time Steve Hodgson had won the Golf Classic and he was generous in his acceptance speech, thanking the players, sponsors, media partners and organisers, Mainspring, for their work in making the tournament and final such a success. He also heaped praise on the teams he and partner had played against as they progressed through the rounds, "As always, we met some great people on our travels, playing at new courses, sharing experiences and taking part in the sport we all love."

A pair of Main Sponsor Marley Plumbing and Drainage four-ball teams secured 1st and 2nd place in the sponsor's competition with Stan James, Paul Burton, Gavin Fryer-Kelsey and Matt Hilton winning through, closely pursued by Warwick Mitton, Roland Potts, Shahir Patel and Richard Cowley.

Chris Barnes of MKM Building Suppliers secured the TSP Media sponsored, Nearest the Pin prize with the Hamerville sponsored Longest Drive accolade going to winning finalist team member David Fountain.

Following much merriment during a memorable evening, some of our guests took advantage of their free overnight stay to play another round at the Belfry the following day.

Why not join us for the 2020 running of the Golf Classic and find out why players return year after year to take part in great sport, visit new courses and forge new friendships and business networks.

Visit www.thegolfclassic.co.uk, facebook.com/thegolfclassic/, @TheGolfClassic, email info@thegolfclassic.co.uk or call us now on 01892 752300 to join for just £46 per two ball team.


The Golf Classic – Dreaming of the Grand Final

We at The Golf Classic HQ are receiving heart-warming reports from the many golfers playing across the country as The Golf Classic progresses through its 4th Round matches.

Puttenham Golf Club Vice Captain Andy Nash and his team-mate Andy Schofield told us of a very exciting and enjoyable match played at the prestigious East Sussex National. Andy Nash enthused, "Our opponents Carmine Porpora and Stewart Douglas were great hosts. Myself and Andy got off to a great start…going two up after four, then they pulled one back, however we then took the next two holes. …after 12 holes we were five up and there was much banter about an early pint. …they then came back in style taking five of the next six holes with a half on the 15th, forcing us in to playing extra holes. After much drama we eventually managed to hole a 3ft putt to close the game out. A big thank you to our hosts who were a credit to their club!"

The Home of Golf
At the other end of the country David and Gary Fountain of Reproduction Plaster Company Ltd, are very pleased to have won through against Neil and Gordon Melvin in their match which was played at the Castle Course, St Andrews Links, the 'Home of Golf' no less, where the game is said to have been played since the 15th Century. David contacted us in order to confirm the date of the final, hoping by doing so that he hadn't jinxed their chances of getting to it!

Dreaming of the Grand Final
Meanwhile, in Hertfordshire, Graham Long and Stuart Crawford of Long's Electricals Ltd., managed to advance through to the fifth round by winning their match. Graham mentioned it is the furthest the pair have ever progressed within the tournament throughout the many years they have taken part. They too are now allowing themselves to imagine themselves playing free golf, attending the gala dinner and prize-giving along with free overnight stay afforded all our finalist.

The Belfry in the West Midlands is the prestigious venue for the 2019 Golf Classic Grand Final. Known for its award-winning courses, the Belfry has hosted more Ryder Cup tournaments than any other venue in the world! Recognised by the PGA as a world-class tournament course, the PGA National is a must for players who want to put their golfing skills to the test.

Join the fun in 2020
It's never too early to join in the fun. Entering couldn't be easier. The tournament is open to those employed within the UK Mainland construction industry. Entry costs just £46 per two ball team. Simply email info@thegolfclassic.co.uk, call 01892 752300 or visit www.thegolfclassic.co.uk

Industry support
We are thankful for the continued support of our sponsor Marley Plumbing and Drainage, and the specialist UK construction press and media partners.


The Golf Classic 2019 – Competition hots up!

The 2019 Golf Classic tournament is hotting up along with the weather as teams play across the country to secure their place in the fourth round. Several matches have been closely contested in round three with several playing 2 or 3 extra holes to get a result.

The historic Harry S. Colt designed Ladbrook Park Golf Club in Solihull was the setting for one exciting match. As the name suggests, Ladbrook Park is classified as parkland and has a brook meandering through its 144 acres. This brook comes into play on at least 11 of the 18 holes making for a challenging game for teams from 'No Fear Maintenance' and the 'Gas Centre' as they competed for a place in the next round.

Tim Smith and Dave Saunders 'Gas Centre' played well but were edged by Tim Fear of 'No Fear Maintenance' and James Dean of 'Tile Elite'. Commenting on the win Tim Fear said, "The weather was challenging but it was lovely to go to a course we have never played before and meet some really nice guys in the business. We will definitely go back to Ladbrook Park in the future, but for now our sights are set on round four."

Considered to be one of the most exciting courses in the country and previous host to major tournaments including the Benson & Hedges International and the Ladies English Open, Oxfordshire Golf Club hosted another tightly contested match. Graham Long and Stuart Crawford of 'Long's Electrical Ltd.' played Mark Tapper and Gary Lucas of 'Tapper Interiors' with Graham and Stuart winning through after an exciting additional play-off hole!

The Golf Classic is the annual, national, construction industry's five round knock-out tournament sponsored by Marley Plumbing and Drainage. Teams play regionally for a place in the Grand Final which takes place in September at The Belfry, the world famous golf resort which has hosted the Ryder Cup a record four occasions on its legendary Brabazon Course. Finalists enjoy free golf, gala dinner, prize-giving and overnight stay.

We wish everyone playing in the fourth round the very best of luck. Please email in photos and stories from your games, there are prizes for those we include in the press and online.

To keep up with the action, follow the Golf Classic on Twitter @TheGolfClassic and on Facebook at facebook.com/thegolfclassic/


The Golf Classic 2019 – Elusive Eagle Seen in Round One!

Two more teams have battled the course and competed for a space in Round Two of the prestigious 2019 Golf Classic. Dean Haughton and Darren Howles (Droylsden Glass) played against Simon Farrar (PCS Consulting) and Andrew Whitfield (LAR Ltd).

Playing in less than favourable windy conditions it was a tightly fought game which was all square after 12 holes. However, the Home Team managed to go back to 1 up on the 13th with a chip in Eagle from Dean Haughton followed by a birdie on the par 5 on the 15".

Commenting on the game Dean said, "It was a great game Simon and Andrew were fantastic playing partners and great company. It was a close game and all of us missed the green in 2 on the 17th short par 4, but it was a lovely chip from Darren to leave himself an 8ft putt for par, and with him being the only player with a shot on the hole, he sunk the putt for a par save and to take the match 2 & 1. We are really looking forward to Round Two".

The 2019 Golf Classic is an annual five round knock-out tournament, sponsored by Marley Plumbing and Drainage. Entrants are playing for the chance to win a place in the Grand Final, taking place in September at The Belfry a historic golf resort, which having hosted the Ryder Cup four times on its legendary Brabazon Course, is arguably the home of golf in England. All finalists enjoy free golf, gala dinner, prize-giving and overnight stay.

We wish everyone playing in the second round the very best of luck. Please send in your pictures and stories from your games, there is a prize for those we include in press release and online.

To keep up with the action, follow the Golf Classic on Twitter @TheGolfClassic and on Facebook at facebook.com/thegolfclassic/


The Golf Classic tees up for another exciting year!

Since its launch in 1993, the Golf Classic has attracted thousands of players from across the country, making it a significant networking event for the construction industry with new business relationships and friendships forged on and off the green. Many return each year to take part, but we love to see new faces too, and the 2019 tournament is set to be one of the biggest yet. We are offering great prizes and there are more opportunities to win a place in the Grand Final

The Grand Final - a prize worth competing for!

The Belfry in the West Midlands is the venue for the 2019 Grand Final. Known for its award-winning courses, the Belfry has hosted more Ryder Cup tournaments than any other venue in the world! Recognised by the PGA as a world-class tournament course, the PGA National is a must for players who want to put their golfing skills to the test. All finalists enjoy free golf, gala dinner, prize-giving and overnight stay.

Everything to play for

There are lots of ways to win each year. We are offering spot prizes in each round - they include branded golf balls, caps, umbrellas, a weekend golf break, and even the chance to take part in the Final for lucky losers. Encourage your colleagues to take part - we are offering half price entry for teams that introduce new teams to the tournament. Your stories and anecdotes from the competition are always welcome and we select a winning team from the submissions to join the Final.

Easy to enter

Two-player teams compete alternatively at home or away venues regionally with green-fees being shared. There are five knockout rounds to play. The Golf Classic team handle the admin and matching, leaving players to enjoy their golf. Entering couldn't be easier. The tournament is open to those employed within the UK Mainland construction industry. Entry costs just £46 per two ball team. Simply email info@thegolfclassic.co.uk, call 01892 752300 or visit www.thegolfclassic.co.uk to enter online.

Entries must arrive by the end of February and play tees-off in March 2019. Payment can be made by PayPal, credit or debit card, cheque or online banking. Enter now and look forward to playing exciting golf in 2019!

Our supporters

Marley Plumbing & Drainage have supported the tournament since its inception 27 years ago. The company is a leading manufacturer of above and below ground drainage products. The Golf Classic is also very grateful for the continuing support of the specialist UK construction press and media.

Join us for great golf in 2019! We look forward to hearing from you.


The Golf Classic is better than ever!

Now in its 26th year, The Golf Classic continues to offer golfers the chance to play golf in their region, meet new people and forge new business contacts. The event is a 'must' for the hundreds of players who take part each year. The Golf Classic is offering give-aways, prizes and half price entry for teams who introduce new entrants to the tournament plus even more chances to win a place in the Grand Final!

New Venue

This year's competition is not to be missed. With only five knockout rounds to play, entrants have an even better chance of reaching the Grand Final, which in 2018 is held at the renowned Slaley Hall in Northumberland. The resort's Hunting Course is a European Tour venue and is known as the 'Augusta of the North'. Situated in glorious countryside, Slaley Hall is a beautiful Edwardian mansion that offers the perfect setting for finalists to enjoy free golf, gala dinner, prize-giving and overnight stay.

More opportunities to win

For this year, there will be spot prizes in each round. These will include branded golf balls, caps and umbrellas and even the chance to take part in the final for lucky losers. We are also offering half price entry for teams that introduce new teams to the tournament. Keep an eye on Twitter and Facebook for more news and more ways to win!

Easy to enter

Two-player teams compete alternately at home or away venues regionally with green fees being shared. The Golf Classic team handles the admin. and matching, leaving players to enjoy their golf. Entering couldn't be easier. The tournament is open to those employed within the UK Mainland construction industry. Entry costs just £44 per team. Simply email info@thegolfclassic.co.uk, call 01892 752300 or visit www.thegolfclassic.co.uk to enter online.

Entries must arrive by 23 February and play tees-off in March 2018. Payment can be made by PayPal, credit or debit card, cheque or online banking. Enter now and look forward to playing exciting golf in 2018.

Our supporters

Marley Plumbing & Drainage have supported the tournament since its inception 26 years ago. The company is a leading manufacturer of above and below ground drainage products. The Golf Classic is also very grateful for the continuing support of the specialist UK construction press and media.

Why not get involved in 2018? We look forward to hearing from you. www.thegolfclassic.co.uk info@thegolfclassic.co.uk


The Golf Classic - 25 Years of Sporting Success!

The 25th Golf Classic national tournament Grand Final was declared a huge success by the finalists and sponsors who enjoyed the championship course at Hanbury Manor, Hertfordshire, followed by a gala dinner, prize giving and luxury stay.

Finalist, M&M Brickwork & Building Contractors Director David Macklin, said - 'This year's Grand Final was a fantastic event. I cannot speak highly enough of the venue, the course, the food, personnel and our opponents. The weather was just perfect too. Looking forward to 2018.'

Congratulations go to Plumbing and Heating Engineer Steve Hodgson and team mate Kev Blow of Lincoln Construction Builders, who won the competition with a remarkable 45 points. Kev Blow stood in for Gary Willis due to illness. We wish Gary well in his recovery. Marley Plumbing & Drainage Managing Director Stan James presented the winners with their trophies and £200 vouchers.

Beaten by only two points, runners-up Philip Edwards and Martin McGillivray of Scotframe Timber Engineering Limited, also received trophies and vouchers. TSP Media's Dave Stiles presented his company sponsored Longest Drive prize to Kev Blow; and Dave Jones of Hamerville presented its sponsored Nearest the Pin prize to Philip Edwards.

Scotframe Timber Engineering Director Philip Edwards was thrilled to be a finalist. 'My partner and I thoroughly enjoyed the Final at Hanbury Manor. It was great fun, both on and off the course. We can't wait for next year's competition!'

Marley Plumbing & Drainage were proud to continue their long association as sponsors of the Golf Classic. The truly national tournament is also supported by a wide cross-section of specialist construction press and media, which includes TSP Media, Hamerville and Mixed Media.

The separate sponsors competition was keenly fought. 1st prize was awarded to Marley Plumbing & Drainage team Stan James, Gavin Fryer-Kelsey and Warwick Mitton. The Runners-up were Paul Burton, Roy Alderslade and Steve Steele, also representing Marley Plumbing & Drainage.

The Golf Classic has become a must-attend event for those working in the construction industry and continues to attract golfers of all abilities from every corner of the country. In this year's Grand Final plumbing and heating engineers, builders, architects, and electrical contractors, amongst other trades and professions, were represented.

We are already planning next year's action-packed tournament. The Golf Classic is open to those employed within the UK Mainland construction industry. Each year they take part to enjoy playing golf, meet new people and forge beneficial business associations. Why not join them?

To be in with a chance of attending the 2018 Grand Final go to Facebook, Twitter @thegolfclassic, www.thegolfclassic.co.uk or simply call 01892 752300 and we'll get you enrolled for just £40 per two player team. We look forward to seeing you next year!


The Golf Classic steps up the pace!

July 2017

The Golf Classic 2017 is in its fourth round and the excitement and anticipation is palpable. This year's Grand Final will be held at the acclaimed Hanbury Manor England championship course.

In celebration of the 25th anniversary The Golf Classic is awarding additional prizes in each round, so there's plenty to play for! This truly national golf competition has become the must-attend event for many professionals working in the UK construction industry. Players return to play enjoyable golf and forge new contacts as new players participate each year.

Malcolm Crowson of Canal and River Trust and his partner Kevin Taylor of Polyflor, have competed in the competition for many years and are delighted to be through to the next round, 'We love the Golf Classic, it's super. We play new courses and meet friendly, fun people. Most enjoyable, great games and lots of laughs. This has been the furthest we have got in the many years of entering.'

Winners of the tournament take home an impressive trophy and Pro Shop vouchers. But there are many more ways to win including prizes for the Runner-up, Nearest the Pin and the Longest Drive.

The Golf Classic is proud to receive the continued support of Marley Plumbing & Drainage. This leading manufacturer and supplier of above and below ground drainage has sponsored the tournament since its inception 25 years ago. The tournament is also supported by a wide cross-section of the specialist construction press and media, further proof of its position as a flagship event in the industry's calendar.

We wish everyone taking part the very best of luck. Please send in any pictures and stories from your matches, there is a prize for those we include in the press and online.

To keep up with the action, you can follow the Golf Classic on Twitter @TheGolfClassic and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thegolfclassic.


The Golf Classic tees off to a thrilling 25th Year!

April 2017

The recent beautiful weather put a spring in the step of the golfers taking part in the first round of the 2017 Golf Classic with many closely fought matches played. Now in its 25th year the Golf Classic continues to attract golfers from right across the country. This truly national golf competition has become the must-attend event for many working in the UK construction industry.

Matches are competitive but friendly. Players enjoy the camaraderie and meeting new people. This was certainly true for father and son team, Ron and Nigel Athorn, and their 1st round game. Ron Athorn, 'My son and I have competed in the Golf Classic over many years and have been fortunate to make it into the Final on two occasions. We've always enjoyed the company of our opponents but this match was played in the friendliest of spirits throughout. During our game my son and I were four down with five holes to play and managed to level the match after 18 holes. It took another five holes of sudden death play before we finally won!'

Players aim for a place in the Grand Final, which this year is held at Hanbury Manor's acclaimed England Championship course. Designed by distinguished golfer and course designer Jack Nicklaus, the par 72 course offers players the opportunity to put their golfing skills to the test. Hanbury Manor is a beautiful stately hotel set in 200 acres of stunning parkland where all finalists will enjoy free gala dinner and overnight stay.

Winners of the tournament take home an impressive trophy and Pro Shop vouchers each. There are also prizes for the Runner-up team, Nearest the Pin and the Longest Drive. To help celebrate our 25th year we are also giving away spot prizes in each round. These include branded golf balls, caps and umbrellas, weekend golf break and even the chance to take part in the final for lucky losers. Keep an eye on our Twitter and Facebook for more news on the above and other ways to win!

The Golf Classic is proud to receive the continued support of Marley Plumbing & Drainage. This leading manufacturer and supplier of above and below ground drainage has sponsored the tournament since it started 25 years ago. The tournament is also supported by a wide cross-section of the specialist construction press and media, further proof of its position as a flagship event in the industry calendar.

We wish everyone taking part in the next round the very best of luck. Please send in any pictures and stories from your games, there is a prize for those we include in press releases and online. To keep up with the action, you can follow the Golf Classic on Twitter @TheGolfClassic and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thegolfclassic.


The Golf Classic celebrates 25 years of getting golfers together!

July 2016

The Golf Classic is the UK construction Industry's national golf tournament. For 25 years it has offered golfers of all abilities the opportunity to play in their region, make new friends, and forge profitable partnerships. The event is a 'must' for the hundreds of golfers who take part each year. To mark its anniversary, The Golf Classic is offering give-aways, prizes, more ways to reach the Grand Final, and half price entry for teams who introduce new entrants to the tournament.

What the players say
One long-standing player explains why he takes part: 'We look forward to the event each year. It's a great way to meet golfers we have things in common with. The away matches also enable us to get to know new courses, which is good fun!'

Ian Evans, Stirling Technical Engineering, 'My dad and I had a hard fought victory today at an away course. I managed to hole my bunker shot on the 9th for a birdie and then get a hole in one on the 10th to go one up. We held on to narrowly win. Another great game in the Golf Classic.'

2015 Grand Final Winner Steve Mitchell of Alan Buchan Contractors, 'The Final was excellent. Our playing partners on the day were friendly and played very well. The whole tournament was an enjoyable experience. Definitely competing next year.

How it works
Entry costs just £42 per two-ball team. The six round knockout tournament is played alternately at home or away venues regionally with green fees being shared. The Golf Classic team handles the admin. and matching, leaving players to enjoy their golf.

The tournament is open to those employed within the UK Mainland construction industry. Entering couldn't be easier - simply email info@thegolfclassic.co.uk, call 01892 752300 or visit www.thegolfclassic.co.uk to enter online. Enter now and enjoy great golf starting March 2017. Payment can be made by PayPal, credit or debit card, cheque or online banking.

25th Year Celebrations
There's never been a better time to enter the tournament. To help celebrate its 25th year, there will be spot prizes in each round. These will include branded golf balls, caps and umbrellas, weekend golf break and even the chance to take part in the final for lucky losers. We are also offering half price entry for teams that introduce new entrants to the tournament. Keep an eye on our Twitter and Facebook for more news on the above and other ways to win!

The Grand Final
The 25th Anniversary Grand Final takes place at the Hanbury Manor Country Club. The resort's acclaimed Jack Nicklaus designed par 72 England Championship golf course gives players the chance to test their skills. Set in 200 acres of stunning parkland, Hanbury Manor offers the sumptuous backdrop for finalists to enjoy free golf, gala dinner, prize-giving and overnight stay.

Golf Classic supporters
Marley Plumbing & Drainage have supported the tournament since its inception 25 years ago. The company is a leading manufacturer of above and below ground drainage products for the construction industry. The Golf Classic is also very grateful for the continuing support of the specialist UK construction press and media.


A stunning finish to the 2016 Golf Classic

'On behalf of myself and partner Tim, I would personally like to thank you and your team for making the Grand Final such a wonderful and enjoyable experience. It was a day which we shall remember for a long time. Keep up the good work, and look forward to next year's event.' Said Ian Marsh, Design Engineer at Thurston Group, who won the Nearest the Pin at the 2016 Golf Classic Grand Final.

This year's final took place on Friday 30th September at Hanbury Manor, a beautiful stately hotel set in 200 acres of stunning parkland in Hertfordshire. The Final was the culmination of six rounds of knock out golf from across the country. The lucky finalists and sponsors enjoyed a day of competitive golf on the hotel's acclaimed England Championship Course, followed by a gala dinner, prize presentation and overnight stay.

Congratulations to Paul Cornish (Civil Engineer at Dave Lucey Ltd) and partner Drew Wrintmore (MD Developer at NJG) who won the competition with an impressive 45 points. Stan James, Marley Plumbing and Drainage, Managing Director presented the winners with their trophies and £200 vouchers.

Beaten by only two points, runners-up Duncan Clark (Classical Gas) and Toby Clark (Gibson Clark Builders) both received trophies and vouchers. There were also prizes for the Longest Drive, which went to Paul Martin (Harpenden Construction) and Ian Marsh for Nearest the Pin. Both received a gift from Hanbury Manor.

The Final was enjoyed by all the competitors, many of whom return each year to take part in the competition. There is always good humoured camaraderie between players as competitor Alan Cunningham shares with us:

'I'd like to congratulate the Golf Classic on this year's Final. Everything was spot on: venue, course, personnel, weather, food and drink. Pity we were nowhere near the rostrum, but it was good to see Paul and Drew pick up the trophy. Looking forward to 2017!'

The sponsors had a separate competition which is always closely-fought. 1st prize was awarded to Clive Coxon's Marley Plumbing and Drainage team with guests Subhash Chauhan from Building Services Design at Capita, Garry Prescott and John Woodward from JDP (experts in drainage and waste management) went on to win the competition with an incredible 92 points. Runners-up Hamerville publishing team were not far behind with 86 points.

2017 marks the 25th anniversary of the Golf Classic tournament and we're very excited about this milestone in our history. The Golf Classic is the national golfing tournament for the UK construction industry. The event has become an important part of the calendar for the many golfers who enter each year to enjoy playing golf locally and meeting new people that often become profitable partnerships. The six round knock-out competition starts in February 2017 and we look forward to seeing you next year.

The Golf Classic is open to those employed within the UK construction industry (except Ireland). To be in with a chance of winning the 2017 Grand Final, simply call 01892 752300 or go to Facebook and Twitter @thegolfclassic and www.thegolfclassic.co.uk and when we launch where you will be able to register online or download an entry form to take part.


The Golf Classic is stepping up the pace!

July 2016

The Golf Classic 2016 is nearing the final and the excitement and anticipation is palpable. Now in its fourth round, there's still a lot to play for. This year's Grand Final is at Hanbury Manor's acclaimed England championship course, which is also hosting the European Senior Tour - a star studded line up of celebrities and professional players raising funds for charity - only a few weeks before the Final of the Golf Classic! You could be following in the footsteps of some of our golfing greats!

In its 24th year, the Golf Classic continues to attract golfers from all corners of the country. This truly national golf competition has become the must-attend event for many professionals working in the UK construction industry. Many competitors return each year to play enjoyable golf and forge new contacts. Michael Cox is an Installation Manager at Everest and has been a finalist in the competition for the last two years along with his partner, Frank O'Donnell from RDS. Having won their game in the fourth round, Michael reveals why he enjoys the competition:

'We had a great game playing Gus and Andy. They were good company and I was impressed by Andy's sporting gesture when he conceded a half point by revealing that his handicap had been cut from 5 to 4 after playing in a competition over the weekend. So a hole I thought I'd lost was actually only a half. I appreciated his honesty and this kind of sportsmanship is the reason why I took up golf and compete in The Golf Classic.'

Winners of the tournament take home an impressive trophy and Pro Shop vouchers each. But there are many more ways to win including prizes for the Runner-up team, Nearest the Pin and the Longest Drive.

The Golf Classic is proud to receive the continued support of Marley Plumbing & Drainage. This leading manufacturer and supplier of above and below ground drainage has sponsored the tournament since its inception 24 years ago. The tournament is also supported by a wide cross-section of the specialist construction press and media, further proof of its position as a flagship event in the industry's calendar.

We wish everyone taking part the very best of luck. Please send in any pictures and stories from your matches, there is a prize for those we include in press releases and online.

To keep up with the action, you can follow the Golf Classic on Twitter @TheGolfClassic and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thegolfclassic.

For press information contact: Rebecca Hewitt at Mainspring Marketing Public Relations, The Brewery, Bells Yew Green, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN3 9BD. Tel: 01892 752021. Fax: 01892 752192. Email: rebecca@m-spring.com


Golf Classic tees off for another great season

April 2016

During the last month, golfers from around the country have got on course for the first round of the 2016 Golf Classic. In its 24th year, the Golf Classic continues to attract golfers from as far afield as Scotland down to Cornwall. This truly national golf competition has become the must-attend event for many professionals working in the UK construction industry.

Matches are usually competitive but friendly. Players enjoy the camaraderie and meeting new people. This was certainly true for father and son team, Ian and Brian Evans, when they took part in a closely contested match. Ian achieved a hole in one enabling the pair to triumph.

'My dad and I fought a hard victory at an away course. We were one down going into the 9th. I managed to hole my bunker shot on 9 for a birdie and then get a hole in one on the 10th to go one up. We held on to a narrow win. Another great game in the Golf Classic!'

Another close match was played at home by Peter Richardson and his partner Jonathan Renwick.

'We had a very enjoyable day with the lads from Maryport and Workington. The weather was spot on for golf and course conditions were ideal, given it's the highest course in England! The match was very close going to the last hole all square.'

All players are aiming for a place in the Grand Final, which this year is held at Hanbury Manor's acclaimed England championship course. Designed by the distinguished golfer and course designer Jack Nicklaus, the par 72 course with 18 holes offers players the opportunity to really put their golfing skills to the test. Hanbury Manor is a beautiful stately hotel set in 200 acres of stunning parkland where all finalists will enjoy free gala dinner and overnight stay.

Winners of the tournament take home an impressive trophy and Pro Shop vouchers each. But there are many more ways to win including prizes for the Runner-up team, Nearest the Pin and the Longest Drive.

The Golf Classic is proud to receive the continued support of Marley Plumbing & Drainage. This leading manufacturer and supplier of above and below ground drainage has sponsored the tournament since its inception 24 years ago. The tournament is also supported by a wide cross-section of the specialist construction press and media, further proof of its position as a flagship event in the industry's calendar.

We wish everyone taking part the very best of luck. Please send in any pictures and stories from your games, there is a prize for those we include in press releases and online.

To keep up with the action, you can follow the Golf Classic on Twitter @TheGolfClassic and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thegolfclassic.

For press information contact: Rebecca Hewitt at Mainspring Marketing Public Relations, The Brewery, Bells Yew Green, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN3 9BD. Tel: 01892 752021. Fax: 01892 752192. Email: rebecca@m-spring.com


The Golf Classic 2016 with Marley Plumbing & Drainage is off to a flying start!

February 2016

We're delighted to welcome this year's competitors to the 2016 Golf Classic tournament. Hundreds of golfers from across the country have entered in what has become for many, the must-attend sporting event for professionals working in the UK construction industry. Many competitors return every year to enjoy playing golf in their region, meet like-minded people and build profitable business relationships. We're pleased to see lots of new faces in this year's tournament too.

A long-standing player who has entered the Golf Classic for over 10 years explained why: 'the reason I compete each year is because people are honest with their handicaps and are good fun to play, making for a very pleasant way to spend an afternoon.'

The Golf Classic is proud to receive the continued support of Marley Plumbing & Drainage. This leading manufacturer and supplier of above and below ground drainage has sponsored the tournament since its inception 24 years ago. The tournament is also supported by a wide cross-section of the specialist construction press and media, further proof of its position as a flagship event in the industry's calendar.

Each two ball team plays in a six round knock-out competition and the first round tees off on 1st March. All players are competing for a place in what is set to be one of the best Grand Finals ever. This year it is taking place at Hanbury Manor's acclaimed England championship course. Designed by the distinguished golfer and course designer Jack Nicklaus, the par 72 course with 18 holes offers players the opportunity to really put their golfing skills to the test. Hanbury Manor is a beautiful stately hotel set in 200 acres of stunning parkland where all finalists will enjoy free gala dinner and overnight stay.

Winners of the tournament take home an impressive trophy and £200 Pro Shop vouchers each. But there are many more ways to win including prizes for the Runner-up team, Nearest the Pin and the Longest Drive.

We wish everyone taking part the very best of luck. Please send in any pictures and stories from your games, there is a prize for those we include in press releases and online.

To keep up with the action, you can follow the Golf Classic on Twitter @TheGolfClassic and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thegolfclassic.

For press information contact: Rebecca Hewitt at Mainspring Marketing Public Relations, The Brewery, Bells Yew Green, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN3 9BD. Tel: 01892 752021. Fax: 01892 752192. Email: rebecca@m-spring.com


The Golf Classic gets set for another year of stunning golf with Marley Plumbing & Drainage

November 2015

For 24 years, the Golf Classic tournament has provided hundreds of golfers from across the UK Construction industry with the opportunity to play enjoyable golf, meet new people and build profitable business partnerships.

This year's competition is set to be one of the best with all entrants competing for a place in the Grand Final held atHanbury Manor Country Club's acclaimed England championship golf course. Designed by renowned golfer andcourse designer Jack Nicklaus in 1990, the par 72 course with 18 holes offers players the chance to really put their golfing skills to the test. Hanbury Manor is a beautiful stately hotel set in 200 acres of stunning parkland where all finalists will enjoy free gala dinner and overnight stay.

The winners of the tournament receive an impressive trophy and £200 Pro Shop vouchers each. But there is more than one way to win, there are prizes for the Runner up team, Nearest the Pin and Longest Drive.

Each two ball team plays in a six round knock-out competition and the first round tees-off in March 2016.Bookings are being taken and we recommend that you apply early to be sure of your place in what is a very popular tournament for many golfers who return every year to play.

The tournament is open to those employed within the UK Mainland construction industry. Entering couldn't be easier. Simply call 01892 752300, visit our Facebook page facebook.com/thegolfclassic or visit www.thegolfclassic.co.uk to enter online. Payment can be made by credit or debit card as well as cheque or BACS.

The Golf Classic is very pleased to be continuing and deepening its relationship with Marley Plumbing & Drainage who've been a proud supporter of the of the tournament since it started 24 years ago. Marley Plumbing & Drainage is a leading manufacturer of above and below ground drainage products for the construction industry. We also welcome thecontinued support of a wide cross-section of specialist construction press and media.

Why not get involved in 2016? We look forward to hearing from you.


The 2015 Grand Final is declared a success!

October 2015

'The Final was excellent. Our playing partners were friendly and played very well. The whole day was an enjoyable experience and the course was amazing. Definitely competing next year.' Said Steve Mitchell, Alan Buchan Contractors, having won the closely fought Golf Classic 2015 Grand Final with his partner Ken Mathieson, Architect.

The Grand Final took place on Friday 2nd October at the spectacular Marriott Forest of Arden. Nearly one thousand entrants took part in this year's countrywide competition. Teams secured their place in the Final by winning six rounds of knock out golf played regionally. Finalists and sponsors played the prestigious 10,000 acre Championship Arden Course, followed by a gala dinner, prize presentation and overnight stay.

During the evening celebration, sponsors Marley Plumbing and Drainage presented Steve and Ken with their winners' trophies and £200 vouchers each. With only five points separating the winners from the runners-up, the game was very close. The Runners-up trophies and £100 vouchers each were awarded to John Price, AB Central Heating and Geoff Melvin, Architect. Marley Plumbing and Drainage presented the prizes.

There are other ways to win at the Final. Jon Wood, IV Pickering Construction, won Nearest the Pin and his prize was sponsored by TSP Media. The prize for the Longest Drive went to Michael Cox, Everest, and was presented by Dave Jones from Hamerville Magazines Ltd.

The competition sponsors also get to battle it out on the golf course. The four-ball teams played a lively game with Tony Crusham's Sales team from Marley Plumbing and Drainage declared the winner.

The Golf Classic attracts a wide variety of golfers and professionals across the construction industry. This year was no different. Many competitors return every year to enjoy golf, meet like-minded people and have fun. Coming into its 24th year, the competition continues to grow in popularity. If you would like to take part, contact the organisers: Mainspring Marketing on 01892 752300 or visit www.thegolfclassic.co.uk to learn more.

Marley Plumbing and Drainage are the proud sponsors of the Golf Classic 2015. The tournament is also supported by a wide cross-section of specialist construction press and media. To follow the action online, go to Facebook at www.facebook.com/thegolfclassic or Twitter @TheGolfClassic.

For press information contact: Rebecca Hewitt at Mainspring Marketing Public Relations, The Brewery, Bells Yew Green, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN3 9BD. Tel: 01892 752021. Fax: 01892 752192. Email: rebecca@m-spring.com


The Grand Final is in sight!

September 2015

The final round of the Golf Classic 2015 is coming to a close. Having played five knockout rounds already, the remaining teams are eager to win their last match to secure a place at the Grand Final. This year, the Final is held at the luxurious Marriott Forest of Arden Hotel & Country Club.

The Golf Classic has become the must-attend sporting event for golfers from the UK construction industry. For over 23 years, golfers return each year to play and meet-up with like-minded people. Many friendships and business relationships are forged over a round of golf and the camaraderie is always on show.

Daryl and Harry Carter met Frank O'Donnell and Michael Cox in the final round and although the father and son team narrowly lost, they were happy to wish their opponents well in the last leg of the competition.

'We thoroughly enjoyed meeting everyone we played against and playing at a couple of new courses. Good luck to Frank and Mick in the finals, although we can't help thinking about the two putts I had to win on the 18th! But that's golf and I must say, they were such good company we ended the day still smiling. Hope to see you next year.'

The world-class 10,000 acre Championship Arden Course, set in the splendid surroundings of the Marriott Forest of Arden Hotel & Country Club, is the spectacular venue for the Grand Final next month. Finalists will compete to win an impressive trophy and £200 vouchers. There are also prizes for the runners up, nearest the pin and the longest drive. All finalists enjoy free golf, gala dinner and an overnight stay. So there are many ways to win!

The Golf Classic is proud to continue its long and successful partnership with Marley Plumbing and Drainage in staging the tournament, which is also supported by a wide cross-section of specialist construction media, confirming its position as a flagship industry event.

Why not take part in next year's tournament? The competition is open to those employed within the UK Mainland construction industry. To be in with a chance of winning the 2016 Grand Final, simply call 01892 752300 or visit www.thegolfclassic.co.uk.

You can follow the Golf Classic on Twitter @TheGolfClassic or at www.facebook.com/thegolfclassic

For press information contact: Rebecca Hewitt at Mainspring Marketing Public Relations, The Brewery, Bells Yew Green, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN3 9BD. Tel: 01892 752021. Fax: 01892 752192. Email: rebecca@m-spring.com


Golf Classic 2015 fourth round

July 2015

The 23rd year of the Golf Classic tournament is well underway and the competition is intensifying as there are only two more rounds to play until the winning team is decided at the Grand Final, which this year is held at the Marriott Forest of Arden Hotel & Country Club.

The Golf Classic is the national golfing tournament for the UK construction industry. For many, the Golf Classic continues to be a relevant and vibrant social and sporting event. Many players return each year to enjoy their golf, and build business relationships. The competition attracts talented and enthusiastic golfers of all abilities from a wide variety of professions.

Gus Cutting and Andrew Witter, M&S Contractors, are two competitors who've taken part in the Golf Classic for a number of years. They won their match in the fourth round and explained how they enjoyed the camaraderie and the excitement of their closely fought game:

'After a titanic battle 'AWAY' from home we eventually won on the 20th hole.

If Carlsberg did golf matches this was probably it……..10 birdies, always fiercely contested, the match swung around 4 times, played in a fantastic spirit and one last birdie on the 20th to seal victory (I won't mention who sank the putt!)'

This year's Grand Final is held at the Marriott Forest of Arden Hotel & Country Club. The spectacular 10,000 acre Championship Arden Course, designed by renowned golf architect, Donald Steel, has played host to a number of international tournaments including the British Masters and the English Open.

The Grand Final offers many chances to win. All finalists enjoy free golf, gala dinner and overnight stay with prizes including £200 vouchers and an impressive trophy for the winners. There are also prizes for the runners up, nearest the pin and the longest drive so you don't have to win to be a winner!

We wish our remaining teams the best of luck as they progress to the next round.

The Golf Classic is proud to be supported by Marley Plumbing & Drainage who've been a sponsor of the tournament since it started 23 years ago. Marley Plumbing & Drainage is a leading manufacturer and supplier of above and below ground drainage.

The tournament is also supported by a wide cross-section of the specialist construction press and media. As the tournament continues, follow the action on Twitter @TheGolfClassic and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thegolfclassic

For press information contact: Rebecca Hewitt at Mainspring Marketing Public Relations, The Brewery, Bells Yew Green, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN3 9BD. Tel: 01892 752021. Fax: 01892 752192. Email: rebecca@m-spring.com


The Golf Classic 2015 is in full swing!

April 2015

UK construction industry golf tournament makes a cracking start to 2015.

Golfers from a wide range of professions and trades within the UK construction industry have had an exciting start to the Golf Classic 2015 tournament. With many matches taking place over the Easter weekend, golfers of all abilities were able to take advantage of the warm weather and enjoy a game of golf.

The Golf Classic has established itself as the must-attend sporting event for the industry, attracting hundreds of golfers of whom many enter each year because the competition offers them the chance to have fun and network at the same time. This was true for Dave Bamforth and partner Sion Spencer, when they took part in a closely contested match.

'The game was close from the start, with holes won by both sides. There was no definite winner until the 17th hole which made it exciting.' Dave and his partner went on to secure victory and are through to the second round.

Dave has competed in the Golf Classic for over 10 years and explains why: 'the reason I compete each year is because people are honest with their handicaps and are good fun to play, making for a very pleasant way to spend an afternoon.'

Entrants play for the chance to win a place at the Grand Final in October which this year is taking place at the prestigious Championship Arden Course at the Marriott Forest of Arden Hotel & Country Club. The 10,000 acre course has played host to a succession of international tournaments including the British Masters and the English Open.

Finalists enjoy free golf, gala dinner and overnight stay, with prizes including £200 vouchers for the overall winners, and a beautiful trophy. There are also prizes for the Runners-Up, Nearest the Pin and the Longest Drive, so there's everything to play for.

Round 2 is about to begin. If you are playing in this year's Golf Classic, good luck! If you are not involved this year, why not make plans to join in the fun next year.

The Golf Classic is proud to be supported by Marley Plumbing & Drainage who've been a sponsor of the tournament since it started 23 years ago. Marley Plumbing & Drainage is a leading manufacturer and supplier of above and below ground drainage. The tournament is also supported by a wide cross-section of specialist construction press and media.

To keep up with the action you can follow the Golf Classic on Twitter @TheGolfClassic and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thegolfclassic.

For press information contact: Rebecca Hewitt at Mainspring Marketing Public Relations, The Brewery, Bells Yew Green, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN3 9BD. Tel: 01892 752021. Fax: 01892 752192. Email: rebecca@m-spring.com


Grand Finale to 22nd UK Construction Industry Golf Classic!

October 2014

The Golf Classic 2014 culminated in style with a closely fought Grand Final at the luxurious Marriott Forest of Arden Hotel & Country Club, on Friday 3rd October. The finalists and sponsors played the spectacular 10,000 acre Championship Course, followed by a gala dinner, prize presentation and overnight stay.

To compete in the Grand Final, teams won their way through six rounds of knock out golf played regionally. Over 900 entrants took part in the countrywide competition. Now in its 22nd year, the Golf Classic continues to attract a wealth of enthusiastic golfers from a wide range of professions and trades from all facets of the UK construction industry.

With an impressive 42 points, this year's winners were Ioan Prydderch and Matthew Stephens. Ioan and Matthew are first time entrants to the competition and were thrilled to win.

Finalists Steve Shepherd and John Gaskin, enjoyed the event commenting, 'I must say what a great day we had. We just couldn't keep up with Matt and Ioan who won the competition. Well done to them.'

Matt and Ioan were presented with their winners' trophies and £200 vouchers each by Martin Gisbourne from sponsors Marley Plumbing & Drainage.

The position of runners-up was closely contested; two teams drawing with 40 points each. The winning team was decided on a count-back of the last nine holes which put Glenn Ewing and Colin Stephenson out in front. Glenn and Colin were awarded with a trophy and £100 vouchers each, courtesy of sponsors ROCKFON. Glenn Ewing was particularly delighted as he also won the Longest Drive, receiving prizes sponsored by tournament media partner, Specification Magazine. The prize for Nearest the Pin went to Anthony Green and was sponsored by Hamerville Publishing.

The sponsors' competition was also very closely fought. The four-ball teams battled it out, finishing with just one point between the teams. The Hamerville team was the overall winner with 78 points. Marley Plumbing & Drainage, team one, won the runner up spot. The prizes were presented by Kevin Williams of Marley Plumbing & Drainage. The sponsors' game was hugely enjoyable with Marley Plumbing & Drainage guest Chris Hart commenting, 'A really good day for everybody and congratulations on another successful year with the event. I had a great time with Kevin and the boys - they say it's not the winning but the taking part!'

The Golf Classic tournament is established as the must-attend sporting event for the industry, with many competitors returning every year. For just £40 per team of two, the competition offers not just enjoyable golf, but the chance to meet like-minded people, forge new contacts and have fun.

If you would like to take part in next year's event and you're employed in the UK construction industry, please contact the organisers: Mainspring Marketing on 01892 752300 or visit www.thegolfclassic.co.uk where you can register online or download an entry form.

We regularly share competition news, pictures and stories - so don't forget to follow us on Facebook to find out what's happening.


Golf Classic - on course for 22nd successful year

The Golf Classic is the national golfing tournament for the UK construction industry. The event has become a 'must do' part of the calendar for the many hundreds of golfers who enter each year to enjoy playing golf in their region and forge new relationships which often grow into profitable partnerships.

As the competition enters its 22nd year, it continues to attract golfers of all abilities from every corner of the industry and the country. The six round knock-out competition starts in February 2014, culminating in the Grand Final played on the prestigious Championship Arden Course at the Marriott Forest of Arden Hotel & Country Club.

All Finalists enjoy free golf, gala dinner and overnight stay. The winners are presented with a beautiful trophy and £200 Pro Shop vouchers each. There are also Runner Up, Nearest the Pin and Longest Drive prizes, so there is everything to play for!

The Final is set in the 10,000 acre Championship Arden Course, designed by well-renowned golf architect Donald Steel, which has played host to a succession of international tournaments including the British Masters and the English Open. The par 72 course is designed for playing a wide range of shots and provides golfers with a challenging but pleasurable test of golfing skill.

Sponsors of the 2014 event include Marley Plumbing & Drainage, Rockfon and Nexans. The tournament is also supported by a wide cross-section of the specialist construction press and media, further proof of its position as a flagship event in the industry's social landscape.

The Golf Classic is proud to continue its support for the Seve Ballesteros Foundation working in partnership with Cancer Research UK to fund vital brain cancer research, and has raised thousands of pounds for this very worthwhile cause.

The Golf Classic is open to those employed within the UK construction industry (except Northern Ireland). To be in with a chance of winning the 2014 Grand Final, simply call 01892 752300 or go to www.thegolfclassic.co.uk where you can register online or download an entry form to take part.

You can now also follow the Golf Classic on Twitter @TheGolfClassic and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thegolfclassic.

To keep up with the action you can follow the Golf Classic on Twitter

@TheGolfClassic and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thegolfclassic.


Three-time finalists win Golf Classic Finalpan
Now in its 22nd year, the Golf Classic is the UK construction industry's national golf tournament.

October 2013

The Golf Classic 2013 final took place at the prestigious East Sussex National Golf Resort, on Friday 27th September. The finalists played 18 holes on the stunning championship golf course, followed by a 3 course meal, prize presentation and overnight stay at the resort's luxury hotel.

The Grand Final is the culmination of six rounds of competitive knockout golf played by up to 1000 golfers playing regionally across the country.

The final was a close-run affair this year. The winners were Matt Green and Lewis Hurrell. Matt and Lewis are no strangers to the event, having been finalist twice before. Their narrowly beaten opponents, Steve Hodgson and Gary Willis are also previous finalists.

The winners were presented with a trophy and £200 vouchers each, courtesy of sponsors Marley Plumbing and Drainage. The runners up received a trophy and £100 vouchers each, from sponsors ROCKFON. Matt Green was particularly delighted as he went on to win the prizes for the Nearest the Pin and the Longest Drive receiving further prizes kindly donated by tournament media partners, Unity and EMAP.

A separate competition was held for the sponsors of the Golf Classic 2013 tournament. Six four-ball teams battled it out and the final result was very close with ROCKFON and Marley Plumbing and Drainage achieving equal points. The overall winner was decided on the countback of the last 9 holes which put ROCKFON out in front. The ROCKFON team was presented with the Sponsors Trophy and a bottle of bubbly each, by Brian Blanchard, Managing Director, Marley Plumbing and Drainage. The runner-up team representing Marley Plumbing and Drainage, also received bottles of bubbly.

The Golf Classic tournament is entering its 23rd successful year and is as popular as ever. If you would like to join in the fun and you're employed full or part time in the UK construction industry, please contact the organisers, Mainspring Marketing on 01892 752021 or visit www.thegolfclassic.co.uk where you can register online or download an entry form to take part in next year's event. To keep up with all the latest news and announcements and share your golfing stories with other competitors you can follow us on Twitter @thegolfclassic and on Facebook at www.facebook/thegolfclassic.

We look forward to seeing you next year.

To keep up with the action you can follow the Golf Classic on Twitter

@TheGolfClassic and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thegolfclassic


Closing in on the Final

August 2013

As the final round of the 2013 Golf Classic gets underway, the remaining teams are all eager to secure a place at the Grand Final in September. Sponsors of this year's event include Marley Plumbing & Drainage, Rockfon and Nexans, and the competition has once again raised vital funds for the Seve Ballesteros Foundation.

As the temperature outside hots up, so does the competition! The glorious sunny weather has helped to bring out the best in some of the golfers, leading to several very close games. Some matches have even gone to extra holes to decide a winner. Peter Andrews and Derek Deards' 3rd round away at Brickendon Golf Club, lasted six hours and they secured their victory on the 5th extra hole at 9.15 in the evening! “Tremendous match! Its matches like this that make this competition so exciting.” added Peter.

This year's Grand Final will be held on the prestigious East Sussex National Golf Resort. A regional qualifying course for past Open Championships, the course offers golfers a real test of golfing skill. Finalists enjoy free golf, gala dinner and overnight stay, with prizes including £200 vouchers for the overall winners, and a beautiful trophy. There are also prizes for the Runners-Up, Nearest the Pin and the Longest Drive.

If you are a participant in this year's Golf Classic, good luck! If you are not involved this year, why not make plans to join in the fun next year.

To keep up with the action you can follow the Golf Classic on Twitter

@TheGolfClassic and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thegolfclassic


Golf Classic 2013 competition hots-up despite cold start

May 2013

The unseasonal March weather did not deter the hundreds of golfers who got on course to play their first round matches of the Golf Classic 2013 competition. All over the country players of all abilities are competing for the chance to win a place at the tournament's Grand Final in September. The Golf Classic is the UK construction industry's golfing tournament and is sponsored by Marley Plumbing & Drainage, Rockfon and Nexans.

Golf Classic participant William Young of Scottish Power did not let the snow get in his way. At the 11th hole, he hit a 7 wood towards the centre of the green and having thought he had lost the ball, his partner found it in the hole! William had achieved an impressive eagle 2 minus a stroke for a nett 1! "If only one could score like this on a good day!" exclaimed William.

Player John Lowis of J.D Lowis Building Consultants, reported a closely contested match, which saw ten holes birdied between John, his partner and their opponents. Playing on possibly the coldest day of March, the golfers arrived at the 18th tee all square. This hole produced a comedy of errors for both teams culminating in one of John's opponents leaving his fifth shot short of the green and conceding.

The second round of the tournament began in April and thanks to the better weather and a sunny May Bank Holiday weekend, golfers were able to enjoy some great golf in good company under skies of blue.

Round 3 is about to begin, with matches starting from the 11th May. As the temperature outside starts to heat up so does the competition! There is still everything to play for. This year's Grand Final takes place at the prestigious and beautiful East Sussex National Golf Resort. A regional qualifying course for past Open Championships, the course offers golfers a real test of golfing skill. Finalists enjoy free golf, gala dinner and overnight stay, with prizes including £200 vouchers for the overall winners, and a beautiful trophy. There are also prizes for the Runners-Up, Nearest the Pin and the Longest Drive.

If you are a participant in this year's Golf Classic, good luck! If you are not involved this year, why not make plans to join in the fun next year.

To keep up with the action you can follow the Golf Classic on Twitter

@TheGolfClassic and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thegolfclassic


Golf Classic tees up for 2013

November 2012

The Golf Classic is the UK construction industry's golfing tournament, attracting golfers of all abilities from every corner of the industry. The competition offers players the opportunity to make new friends, network and develop business relationships while enjoying a round of golf.

Sponsors of the 2013 event include Marley Plumbing & Drainage, Rockfon and Nexans. A donation of £1 from every entry fee will once again be made to the Seve Ballesteros Foundation, working in partnership with Cancer Research UK, to fund vital brain cancer research.

The Golf Classic is a national six round knock-out competition that offers each two-ball team the chance to secure a place at the Grand Final in September 2013, which will be held at the beautiful East Sussex National Golf Resort, a regional qualifying course for The Open Championship.

The East Sussex National has previously staged two European Opens, playing host to some of golf's greats including Faldo, Els, Singh and Montgomerie to name but a few. It has also hosted numerous European Challenge Tour events and offers a real test of golfing skill. Finalists enjoy free golf, gala dinner and overnight stay, with prizes including £200 vouchers for the overall winners, and a beautiful trophy. There are also prizes for the Runners-Up, Nearest the Pin and the Longest Drive, so there is everything to play for!

The Golf Classic is open to all those employed full or part-time in the UK construction industry (except Northern Ireland). To be in with a chance of winning the 2013 Grand Final, simply call 01892 752300 or go to www.thegolfclassic.co.uk where you can register online or download an entry form to take part.

You can now also follow the Golf Classic on Twitter @TheGolfClassic and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thegolfclassic

Classic FInal is a Grand Affair

October 2012

The Golf Classic 2012 has finished in style with a fabulous Grand Final held on Friday 5th October at the Marriott St Pierre Hotel and Country Club near Chepstow. The Final was the culmination of six rounds of knockout competition involving over 1000 golfers from across the country. The 16 lucky Finalists enjoyed a round of competitive golf on the beautiful Old Course, followed by a gala dinner and prize presentation with overnight accommodation.

The overall winners, with an incredible 42 points, were Alan Oliver (Alan Oliver Plumbing & Heating) and his team-mate Clive Oliphant (BDN Durham Ltd). Having been knocked out of the main competition in the third round, Alan and Clive actually won their place at the Final thanks to an amazing hole-in-one by Clive, scored in the very first round. They were presented with their winners' Claret Jug trophies and £200 vouchers by sponsors Marley Plumbing & Drainage.

Andrew Harrington (ForwardChain Ltd) and Richard DeRosa (Don Hughes Electrical) were narrowly beaten into 2nd place with 40 points. They both received trophies and £100 vouchers courtesy of sponsors Rockfon. There were also prizes for Nearest the Pin, which was won by George Gibb (South Lanarkshire Council), and the Longest Drive, which went to Stewart Evans (Grontmij). Both received a polo shirt, cap and golf balls donated by media partners Hamerville and event organisers Mainspring.

A separate competition was held for the sponsors, which is always hotly contested. The six four-ball teams also played on the Old Course, and Hamerville's 2nd team took the honours this year with 79 points. Team members Steve Shannon, David Ventris-Field, Tony Ayles and Mike Nankivell were presented with the Sponsors Trophy and a bottle of champagne each by Jason Hemingway of sponsors, Rockfon.

Hamerville's 1st team, comprising Dave Jones, Lee Manton, Joe Grimsdale and Jim Bennett, lost out to their colleagues by just 2 points, finishing in a respectable second place. They each received a bottle of Prosecco for their efforts, also presented by Jason Hemingway of Rockfon.

The Golf Classic 2012 has been raising funds for the Seve Ballesteros Foundation, which is working in partnership with Cancer Research UK to fund vital brain cancer research. £1 from every entry fee was donated, and an additional £120 was raised at the Grand Final thanks to the generosity of all those who attended the gala dinner.

The Golf Classic 2013 will be launching shortly, so if you work within the construction industry and would like to join the fun, please call the organisers, Mainspring Marketing, on 01892 752300 or visit www.thegolfclassic.co.uk to learn more. You can now also follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/thegolfclassic and twitter @thegolfclassic, here you can keep up to date with all the latest news and announcements and share your golfing stories with other competitors. We look forward to seeing you next year.


Closing in on the Final

August 2013

As the final round of the 2013 Golf Classic gets underway, the remaining teams are all eager to secure a place at the Grand Final in September. Sponsors of this year's event include Marley Plumbing & Drainage, Rockfon and Nexans, and the competition has once again raised vital funds for the Seve Ballesteros Foundation.

As the temperature outside hots up, so does the competition! The glorious sunny weather has helped to bring out the best in some of the golfers, leading to several very close games. Some matches have even gone to extra holes to decide a winner. Peter Andrews and Derek Deards' 3rd round away at Brickendon Golf Club, lasted six hours and they secured their victory on the 5th extra hole at 9.15 in the evening! “Tremendous match! Its matches like this that make this competition so exciting.” added Peter.

This year's Grand Final will be held on the prestigious East Sussex National Golf Resort. A regional qualifying course for past Open Championships, the course offers golfers a real test of golfing skill. Finalists enjoy free golf, gala dinner and overnight stay, with prizes including £200 vouchers for the overall winners, and a beautiful trophy. There are also prizes for the Runners-Up, Nearest the Pin and the Longest Drive.

If you are a participant in this year's Golf Classic, good luck! If you are not involved this year, why not make plans to join in the fun next year.

To keep up with the action you can follow the Golf Classic on Twitter

@TheGolfClassic and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thegolfclassic


Competition heats up at halfway stage

May 2012

As the 2012 Golf Classic approaches the half way stage, the competition is getting tough with players competing for the chance to win a place at the Grand Final in October. The Golf Classic is the UK construction industry's only truly national golf competition, and is sponsored by Marley Plumbing & Drainage, Rockfon and Tarkett.

The standard of golf has certainly been high again this year, with lots of birdies and eagles, and even a hole-in-one. The successful shot was brilliantly struck by Clive Oliphant on the par 3 5th at Durham City golf course using a 6-iron. This was Clive's 2nd hole-in-one with the first coming 16 years ago on the same course, with the same playing partner - Alan Oliver.

Lots of matches have been incredibly close, including Robert Hamilton and Stephen Lafferty's 2nd round match away at Broomieknowe Golf Club, where they secured a very tight 2 and 1 victory despite some fairly 'adventurous' shots! Some matches have even gone to extra holes to decide a winner, as Mike Cocker reported when his home match at Werneth Golf Club went to the 2nd extra hole; "A great match and great company" added Mike.

With 3 rounds remaining, there is still everything to play for as this year's Grand Final will be held at the stunning Marriott St Pierre Hotel and Country Club near Chepstow. Finalists will enjoy a round of golf on the beautiful Championship Old Course course, followed by a Gala dinner and prize presentation with overnight accommodation. The course has previously staged fourteen European Tour events, with past winners including Seve Ballesteros, Ian Woosnam, Greg Norman and Bernhard Langer.


On course for a Classic competition

March 2012

Over the last four weeks, hundreds of golfers have got on course for the first round of the 2012 Golf Classic. Attracting golfers from as far afield as Thurso in Scotland and Truro in Cornwall, the Golf Classic is the UK construction industry's only truly national golf competition, and is sponsored by Marley Plumbing & Drainage, Rockfon and Tarkett. All professions and trades are represented with players including architects, developers, plumbers, flooring and ceiling contractors, and project managers.

Entrants play for the chance to win a place at the Grand Final in October, so matches are usually competitive but friendly. This was certainly true for John Lowis and his partner Colin McIntyre, when they took part in a closely contested match at Thornton Golf Club in Fife. The game hinged on several long putts, but the pair were eventually able to secure victory. "I've played in this competition since it started 20 years ago", said John. "It has always been a very well organised and friendly competition and I'd like to thank the organisers for their time and effort in making it such an enjoyable competition."

Another match got off to a late start when Mark Stephenson forgot to change to British Summer Time. Arriving 35 minutes late in a rather dishevelled state, he found his partner, John Skelton, and their opponents waiting for him. But everyone saw the funny side and an excellent match followed, consisting of 4 birdies, 13 pars and a bogey. "Great company and great golf," added John.

This year's Grand Final will be held at the stunning Marriott St Pierre Hotel and Country Club near Chepstow. The Championship Old Course at St Pierre has previously staged fourteen European Tour events, with past winners including Seve Ballesteros, Ian Woosnam, Greg Norman and Bernhard Langer.


Get on Course with the Golf Classic 2012

November 2011

The Golf Classic is the UK construction industry's most successful golfing tournament and is celebrating it's 20th birthday in 2012. Attracting golfers of all abilities from every corner of the industry, the competition provides an excellent opportunity to make friends, network and forge new business relationships while enjoying a round of golf. Sponsors of the 2012 event include Marley Plumbing & Drainage, Rockfon and Tarkett. We will also once again be raising funds for the Seve Ballesteros Foundation with a £1 donation from every entry fee. Working in partnership with Cancer Research UK, the Foundation helps fund vital brain cancer research.

The Golf Classic is a six round knock-out competition that offers each two-ball team the chance to secure a place at the Grand Final in October 2012, which will be held at the beautiful Marriott St Pierre Hotel and Country Club near Chepstow.

The Championship Old Course at St Pierre has previously staged fourteen European Tour events, with past winners including Seve Ballesteros, Ian Woosnam, Greg Norman and Bernhard Langer. The course was remodelled in 2008 by Ross McMurray, who also designed the 2010 Ryder Cup course, and will provide a real test of golfing skill for the Finalists. The Golf Classic is open to all those employed full or part-time in the UK construction industry (except Northern Ireland). To be in with a chance of winning the 2012 Grand Final, simply call 01892 752300 or go to www.thegolfclassic.co.uk where you can register online or download an entry form to take part.You can now also follow the Golf Classic on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thegolfclassic.


A Grand Finish

October 2011

The Grand Final of the 2011 Golf Classic took place amidst beautiful Sussex countryside at the East Sussex National Golf Club, on Friday 7th October. The East Course is a regional qualifying course for The Open Championship and provided a real test of golfing skill for this year's Finalists.

The Grand Final is the culmination of six rounds of knockout golf played by over 1000 golfers from across the UK. Open to all those who work in the construction industry, this year's Finalists represented a diverse mix of professions including architects, surveyors, general builders, carpenters and shopfitters. The overall winners were Andrew Inchbald and James McCann (Christopher James Homes) with 41 points. Having been narrowly beaten into 2nd place last year, the pair were delighted with their victory this time around, receiving a replica Claret Jug and £200 voucher each courtesy of sponsors Marley Plumbing & Drainage.

This year's runners-up were Simon Cutting and Andrew Grogan (M & S Contractors Ea Ltd) with 39 points. The pair received a trophy and £100 voucher each from sponsors Rockfon. The Nearest the Pin prize went to Peter Adams (BTS Interiors) who was presented with a golf sweater provided by media partners Hamerville. There was also a 'nearly nearest the pin' prize which went to John Washington (J & J Insulations), who also received a golf sweater, kindly donated by media partners Unity Media.

A separate competition was held for the sponsors of the Golf Classic, also played on the East Course. Eight teams battled it out to claim the Sponsors Trophy, with a team from Hamerville taking the honours this year with a combined score of 85. Team members Dave Jones, Joe Grimsdale, Mike Nankivell and Jim Bennett were presented with the trophy and a bottle of champagne each by Kevin Williams, Brand Director at Marley Plumbing & Drainage. Narrowly beaten into 2nd place, with 84 points, were the team representing Galician & Spanish Slate. Philip and Iain Fergusson, Paul Hoban and Bob Dixon all from SSQ were rewarded with a bottle of Prosecco each, again presented by Kevin Williams from Marley Plumbing & Drainage.

This year's Grand Final proved to be a very successful event as several Finalists commented, including Gary Rees (D B Rees Builders Ltd): "We had a great couple of days, thanks to everyone for the superior organisation! Simon Cutting also remarked: "Thanks for a great event, we really enjoyed the whole process and reaching the final was the icing on the cake.

The Golf Classic will be celebrating its 20th successful year in 2012, so if you work within the construction industry and would like to join the fun, please call the organisers, Mainspring Marketing, on 01892 752300 or visit www.thegolfclassic.co.uk to learn more and register. You can now also follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/thegolfclassic where you can keep up to date with all the latest news and announcements and share your golfing stories with other competitors. We look forward to seeing you next year.


Flying towards the Final

September 2011

As the final round of the 2011 Golf Classic gets underway, the competition is really heating up. Having battled through 5 knockout rounds already, the remaining teams are all eager to win their last match to secure a place at the Grand Final, now just under a month away.

Sponsors of this year's event include Marley Plumbing & Drainage, Rockfon and Galician & Spanish Slate. The competition also raised vital funds for the Seve Ballesteros Foundation, which is working in partnership with Cancer Research UK to fund vital brain cancer research. A total of £1000 was raised through a £1 donation from each entry fee.

The last few rounds of the competition have certainly brought out the best in some of the golfers. Take Steve Muller, an 11-handicapper who has been playing golf for over 40 years, who achieved his first ever 'hole in one' while playing his 5th round match. Playing on his home course of Theydon Bois in Essex, Steve made the shot on the 136 yard 3rd hole using an 8-iron. The remainder of the match was fiercely contested but the Home team eventually secured a 3 & 2 victory to go through to the final round.

Great golf was also in evidence at Woburn in another 5th round match, when James McCann scored an 'Albatross' two on the Par 5 12th hole. Having already begun the match with 4 birdies in the first 6 holes, James was clearly flying high and his home team went on to win 4 & 3.

This year's Grand Final will be held on the stunning East Course at the East Sussex National Golf Club. A regional qualifying course for The Open Championship, the East Sussex National has previously staged two European Opens, playing host to some of golf's greats including Faldo, Els, Singh and Montgomerie to name but a few. It has also hosted numerous European Challenge Tour events and offers a real test of golfing skill. Finalists will enjoy a competitive round of golf on the East Course, followed by a gala dinner and prize presentation.


Golfers raise cash for Seve Ballesteros Foundation

May 2011

Entrants to the 2011 Golf Classic have helped raise much needed funds for the Seve Ballesteros Foundation, which is working in partnership with Cancer Research UK to fund vital brain cancer research. £1 from every entry fee was donated to the charity, along with a contribution from the event organisers, Mainspring Marketing. The £1000 raised has been given added poignancy following Seve's tragic death, having lost his fight against the disease on 7th May.

Described as a true 'golfing legend' by all who knew him, Seve inspired many people to take up the game. The competitive but sociable nature of the game of golf has certainly been in evidence over the opening rounds of this year's Golf Classic competition with a large number of teams reporting some hotly contested matches, but always played in the true spirit of the game.

As Les Wartnaby and Nick Davies noted from their first round match at Aston Wood Golf Club, "The weather was perfect, the course was in excellent condition and the hospitality was impeccable. A great game of golf by all.

The 2011 Golf Classic is now approaching the half way stage, with the remaining teams battling it out for a place at the Grand Final in October. This year's Final will be held at the beautiful East Sussex National Golf Resort and Spa, where Finalists will enjoy a round of golf, gala prize-giving dinner and overnight accommodation.

If you would like to donate to or find out more about The Seve Ballesteros Foundation, please visit www.seveballesterosfoundation.org or visit Cancer Research UK at www.cancerresearchuk.org. You can find out more about The Golf Classic at www.thegolfclassic.co.uk


Tee time for the 2011 Golf Classic

March 2011

The first round of the 2011 Golf Classic is now underway with golfers teeing off for their chance to win a place at the Grand Final in October. With over a thousand entrants returning again and again and hundreds of new players attracted each year the Golf Classic is the UK Construction Industry's only truly National golf tournament.

Attracting golfers from as far afield as Thurso in Scotland and Truro in Cornwall, golfers of all abilities and from every corner of the industry are taking part. This year entrant handicaps range from plus 2 to over 20, with all professions and trades represented including architects, developers, plumbers, bricklayers, flooring and ceiling contractors, civil engineers and project managers.

Sponsors of the 2011 event include Marley Plumbing and Drainage, Rockfon and Galician & Spanish Slate. We would like to thank them and our Media Partners for helping make this, the eighteenth Golf Classic, the success it is shaping up to be.

This year's competition has also raised much needed funds for the Seve Ballesteros Foundation, with £1 from every entry fee being donated. The Foundation is working in partnership with Cancer Research UK to fund vital brain cancer research.

Entrants to the 2011 competition will play for the chance to win a place at the Grand Final in October, to be held on the beautiful East Course at the East Sussex National Golf Club, a regional qualifying course for The Open Championship.


Golf Classic tees up for 2011

November 2010

The Golf Classic is the UK construction industry's most successful golfing tournament, attracting golfers of all abilities from every corner of the industry. The six round knock-out competition provides an excellent opportunity to make friends, network and forge new business relationships while enjoying a great round of golf.

Sponsors include Marley Plumbing & Drainage, Rockfon and Galician & Spanish Slate. The 2011 Golf Classic will also raise much needed funds for the Seve Ballesteros Foundation, which is working in partnership with Cancer Research UK to fund vital brain cancer research. £1 from every entry fee will be donated to the Foundation.

Entrants to the 2011 competition will play for the chance to win a place at the Grand Final in October, to be held on the beautiful East Course at the East Sussex National Golf Club, a regional qualifying course for The Open Championship.

The East Sussex National Golf Club has previously staged two European Opens, playing host to some of golf's greats including Faldo, Els, Singh and Montgomerie to name but a few. It has also hosted numerous European Challenge Tour events and offers a real test of golfing skill.

The Golf Classic is open to all those employed full or part-time in the construction industry. To take part, simply call 01892 752300 or download an entry form from the Golf Classic website: www.thegolfclassic.co.uk.


Another Classic Final

October 2010

The Dukes Course at Woburn Golf Club is no stranger to major golfing events, having hosted the British Masters many times in the past. So it proved an interesting challenge for this year's 24 Golf Classic Finalists, who took part in the Grand Final on Friday 8th October. Shrouded in mist at the start of the competition, it didn't take long for the sun to break through and reveal this beautiful course in all its glory, providing excellent playing conditions for the Finalists.

The Grand Final is the culmination of six rounds of golf played by over 1200 golfers across the UK. This year's Finalists came from a wide variety of construction professions including general builders, roofers, plumbers, electricians and scaffolders. The perfect playing conditions were reflected in the final scores with three teams tied on 43 points at the end of the round. A 'count-back' decided the winners with builder Frank Grehan and his son Francie (Frank Grehan & Sons) taking first prize, each receiving £200 to spend in the pro shop and a replica Claret Jug, courtesy of sponsors Marley Plumbing & Drainage.

Narrowly beaten into 2nd place were James McCann and Andrew Inchbold, (Christopher James Homes), who were rewarded with a Woburn jumper and a small trophy, courtesy of sponsors Galician & Spanish Slate. There were also prizes for the Longest Drive, which went to Ross Kane (A. Kane Electrical), and Nearest the Pin, which was won by Michael Hargreaves (Coltham Developments Ltd), both receiving polo shirts, kindly donated by Hamerville and Unity Media respectively.

A separate competition was held for the sponsors of the Golf Classic, also played on the Dukes Course. The team from Galician & Spanish Slate, including Sean Wootten, Justin Mills, Calvin Moran and Russell Mundy, took the top prize with a combined score of 95 points. The team were presented with the Sponsors Trophy and a bottle of champagne each. A team from Unity Media took second place with 85 points. Darren Forbes, Lee Atley, David Skinner and Paul Ingleby were rewarded with a bottle of Prosecco each.

The Golf Classic will be teeing off again in 2011 so if you work within the construction industry and would like to join the fun, please call the organisers, Mainspring Marketing, on 01892 752300 or visit www.thegolfclassic.co.uk to learn more and register.


Golf Classic set for a Grand Final

September 2010

With the Grand Final less than a month away now, the remaining teams in this year's Golf Classic are pulling out all the stops to secure their place. From over 1200 golfers who entered the competition this year, 6 have already made it to the Final. Now just 22 teams remain and only 11 of these will join the other finalists at Woburn Golf Club on October 8th.

Having battled over six rounds of knockout competition, no-one wants to fail at the final hurdle so matches are always hard fought, but still played in a great spirit with lots of friendly banter, on and off the course. This helps to create new friendships and foster business relationships, while enjoying a sporting challenge. A hole-in-one also earns the chance to play at the Grand Final, even if the team is knocked out before the final round, thanks to a special 'hole-in-one' draw.

This year's Final will be played as an 18-hole four-ball better-ball competition on Woburn's famous Duke's Course. In addition to the Overall Winners' prize and the Runners' Up prize, there will also be prizes for Nearest the Pin and the Longest Drive. The day will be rounded off with a sumptuous gala dinner and prize presentation.

Sponsors of the Golf Classic include Knauf Drywall and Marley Plumbing & Drainage, both of whom have supported the event for many years, and a new supporter, Galician & Spanish Slate. Representing roofing slate manufacturers from the north-western region of Spain, this Association is promoting the use of Spanish slate within the UK market through a variety of media, including a new website (www.spanishslateuk.com) and a dedicated hotline.

Entry forms for the 2011 competition will be available from December 2010.


Another Classic Final

October 2010

The Dukes Course at Woburn Golf Club is no stranger to major golfing events, having hosted the British Masters many times in the past. So it proved an interesting challenge for this year's 24 Golf Classic Finalists, who took part in the Grand Final on Friday 8th October. Shrouded in mist at the start of the competition, it didn't take long for the sun to break through and reveal this beautiful course in all its glory, providing excellent playing conditions for the Finalists.

The Grand Final is the culmination of six rounds of golf played by over 1200 golfers across the UK. This year's Finalists came from a wide variety of construction professions including general builders, roofers, plumbers, electricians and scaffolders. The perfect playing conditions were reflected in the final scores with three teams tied on 43 points at the end of the round. A 'count-back' decided the winners with builder Frank Grehan and his son Francie (Frank Grehan & Sons) taking first prize, each receiving £200 to spend in the pro shop and a replica Claret Jug, courtesy of sponsors Marley Plumbing & Drainage.

Narrowly beaten into 2nd place were James McCann and Andrew Inchbold, (Christopher James Homes), who were rewarded with a Woburn jumper and a small trophy, courtesy of sponsors Galician & Spanish Slate. There were also prizes for the Longest Drive, which went to Ross Kane (A. Kane Electrical), and Nearest the Pin, which was won by Michael Hargreaves (Coltham Developments Ltd), both receiving polo shirts, kindly donated by Hamerville and Unity Media respectively.

A separate competition was held for the sponsors of the Golf Classic, also played on the Dukes Course. The team from Galician & Spanish Slate, including Sean Wootten, Justin Mills, Calvin Moran and Russell Mundy, took the top prize with a combined score of 95 points. The team were presented with the Sponsors Trophy and a bottle of champagne each. A team from Unity Media took second place with 85 points. Darren Forbes, Lee Atley, David Skinner and Paul Ingleby were rewarded with a bottle of Prosecco each.

The Golf Classic will be teeing off again in 2011 so if you work within the construction industry and would like to join the fun, please call the organisers, Mainspring Marketing, on 01892 752300 or visit www.thegolfclassic.co.uk to learn more and register.


Foggy frogs and a seaside rescue

May 2010

As the Golf Classic 2010 approaches the half way stage, the competition is getting tough with participants playing for a chance to win a place at the Grand Final in October. This year's final will be held at Woburn Golf Club where finalists will enjoy a round of golf on the famous Duke's Course followed by a prize-giving dinner and overnight stay at the Inn at Woburn.

This year's sponsors include a new supporter, Galician & Spanish Slate. Representing roofing slate manufacturers from the north-western region of Spain, this Association is promoting the use of Spanish slate within the UK market through a variety of media, including a new website (www.spanishslateuk.com) and a dedicated hotline. Additional sponsors include Knauf Drywall and Marley Plumbing & Drainage, both of whom have supported the event for many years.

So far the golf has been of a very high standard with lots of eagles and birdies and even a hole-in-one. Playing at Auchmill Golf Course in Aberdeen, Graeme Christie of Morrison Construction hit an 8 iron at the par 3 9th hole, known locally as 'The Frog'. Weather conditions were not ideal with a blanket of fog over the course, but on arriving at the green, Graeme's ball was found in the hole. "This was my first hole-in-one and I hadn't played the course before! explained Graeme. He and partner Gary Mennie, also of Morrison Construction, were given a tough match by John Skulina (Glenfield Plumbers) and Ian Fleming (Flemings, Chartered Surveyors), winning by just 2 and 1 in the end. Graeme is now keen to return to the course in better weather to admire the spectacular views across Aberdeen, which were sadly obscured on the day of their match.

Also in Scotland, Nairn Golf Club was the setting for another close match and a rather unusual shot. Richard Smith (Allied Surveyors) and Neil Hampton (Fairways Leisure Group Ltd) played against Jim Sangster (self-employed plumber) and Ewan MacKenzie (W & A Geddes Ltd) on this classic links course back in March. The 3rd hole runs alongside the shore, usually played as a lateral water hazard, but when the tide is out it's possible to play a shot from the beach. Richard's tee shot found its way onto the beach, but as Neil was in a good position he elected to play off the sand with a rescue club, hitting a perfect shot about 195 yards and gaining a half at the hole. He and Neil then went on to win the match.

The Golf Classic continues to offer great opportunities to develop new friendships and to foster business relationships, with matches played in the true spirit of the game and lots of friendly banter on and off the course.


Golf Classic offers a Masterful test for golfers

November 2009

The Golf Classic is the construction industry's most successful golfing tournament and continues to attract golfers of all abilities from every corner of the industry. Manufacturing sponsors include Marley Plumbing & Drainage, Knauf Drywall and Galician & Spanish Slate. Entrants to the 2010 event will play for the chance to win a place at the Grand Final in October, to be held on the famous Duke's Course at Woburn Golf Club.

Woburn was the venue of choice for the British Masters for many years, with winners including such golfing legends as Greg Norman, Sandy Lyle and Ian Woosnam, as well as rising stars like Justin Rose. Set within the magnificent grounds of the Woburn Estate, the par-72 Duke's course will offer a rare challenge to Golf Classic Finalists. As well as enjoying an overnight stay at the luxurious Inn at Woburn, Finalists will also attend a gala dinner and prize-giving presentation.

Organised as a four-ball better-ball competition over six knockout rounds, commencing in March 2010, the Golf Classic is open to all those employed full or part-time in the construction industry. Each two-ball team will be paired against another local team as far as possible, although later rounds may require some travel. The competition provides an excellent opportunity to network and strike up new relationships while enjoying a sociable round of golf.

To take part, simply call 01892 752300 or download an entry form from the Golf Classic website: www.thegolfclassic.co.uk

For more information and to enter simply call 01892 752300 email info@thegolfclassic.co.uk or click here to enter now.

Entrance closes at the end of February 2020 with the first round in March.

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