Wednesday 4th July, saw the Fairway to Devon 2018 tee off on the fabulous Championship course at Dartmouth Golf and Spa Hotel.
During registration, all 72 participants were guided to download a bespoke mobile app for the scoring of the event, which had been specifically designed by Re-flow to demonstrate the flexibility of their multi-function app. The app is currently used by a number of multi-site businesses employing remote workers and in 2017 alongside ourselves, won Roadmarking Innovation of the Year Award as part of the RSMA trade association annual awards.
During registration, each participant collected their packed goodie bags which included Bogart Balloons, Frayed Knots and Titleist ProV1 balls kindly sponsored by Geveko and Quaker. After a much appreciated bacon roll everybody took to their individually assigned buggies, kindly sponsored by Travis Perkins and made their way through the fog to their starting hole, ready for the shotgun start.
Despite the slow-lifting fog of the morning, the shotgun was fired at 09:30 and all 18 teams promptly took to the tee-box and the challenges that were presented before them. Around the course, participants had to navigate holes using only one club and a putter, swap shots with their playing partner whilst attempting to keep hold of their pink balls!
As if this was not already enough of a challenge, world renowned ‘Tricky’ Rob Brown was positioned on the 3rd tee, a tricky little Par 3 hole with a very inviting lake! The challenge was to land a ball closer to the pin than Rob, who, being blind in one eye, was positioned on one leg, up a ladder, facing backwards, using a driver! – Despite the odds, only a few of the 72 players managed to land a better ball.
As the fog cleared, the immaculate condition of the course became apparent with the undulating fairways and the tricky greens which challenged even the most experienced golfer whilst maintaining an enjoyable day for all.
Half time drinks and pasties were delivered around the course and the added par 12 putting competition half-way-round made for an interesting addition to the playing format. Drinks at the putting competition were kindly sponsored and donated by local New Lion Brewery in the market town of Totnes, which included all their popular ales including the incredible ‘Scorpion ale’, which really did have a sting in its tale.
As the round finished, everybody took to the tenth hole to see Tricky Rob deliver his exceptional trick-shot display, kindly sponsored by Amberon Traffic Management. The one-hour show saw Rob strike the golf ball in a display of excellence with a number of chosen guests participating in the various elements of the show.
Returning to the clubhouse for dinner and the all-important prize ceremony, each guest was presented with an individual and team, printed scorecard directly available from the reports from the mobile app. The scoring for the day meant that no team could be certain who was the top of the leader board. A joint entry from Francis Clark & Kitsons secured first place with a combined team score of 121, each winning a Callaway HyperLite golf bag. Paul Butler, from Francis Clark also secured the highest individual score of 42 winning the latest Bushnell Tour V4 Rangefinder and holding the coveted Fairway to Devon cup for the next twelve months.
The day ended with a fantastic £3,250 being raised for The Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity and all participants leaving having had another exceptionally enjoyable event.
Details on the Fairway to Devon 2019 are currently being finalised and will soon be published on our website.
Special thanks to all participants and sponsors for helping to make the event successful:
Re-flow, Pavey Group, Steve Hoskin Construction, Lloyds Bank Commercial Finance, Speedy Services, Winners Fitness, Gates & Fences, Skinner Construction, G-Dig, Firewatch, Roadtechs, Lifestyle Office Furniture, Eurofins Forensic, Harbron Recruit, Geveko, Francis Clark, Kitsons, Glendinning Contracting, WJ South West, Amberon, Travis Perkins, Quaker, RSTA, Exeter Chiefs, The Belfry, Stover Golf Club, London Apollo Theatre, Sharpham Vinyard, Dartmouth Golf & Spa Hotel & Tricky Rob Brown.
A final thankyou goes to those who helped manage the day with exceptional precision:
Esther Short, Natasha Cummings, Helen Egner, Bruce Clark, Mike Saunders, Charles Large & Rob Glazier.