Business Fours

Scotland’s 2018 national business golf champions crowned at St Andrews

Champions Riddle & Coghill with UK Ladies Long Drive champion Ilona Stubley

Companies from across the country took part in the national final of Business Fours on Wednesday playing to win a sizeable charitable donation for their chosen cause.

15 businesses qualified from regional sector specific events throughout Scotland when the tournament came to a climax on finals day on the Torrance course at St Andrews Fairmont.

Tournament organiser John McClarey tries his hand at the longest drive

The events have been supported by sponsors Kinetic Demolition and a host of supporting industry partners including the Scottish Open who supplied the charity raffle prizes and organisations such as the Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce’s, Scottish Property Federation, Scottish Construction Now, Scottish Housing News, ScotlandIS and Scottish Financial Enterprise.

A range of sectors were represented at the finals day with players from law firms like Turcan Connell, Anderson Strathern, playing for Down’s Syndrome Scotland and SAMH respectively. Surveyors Malcolm Hollis and Shepherds both played for the RICS Scotland Pledge 150 campaign for LandAid.

Runners-up Equator Scotland

It was Edinburgh-based interior design firm Riddle & Coghill who came out the victors and won over £2,500 for their chosen charity, MND Scotland a cause close to the hearts of both directors on the winning team.

Director Gus Riddle said: “We’re thrilled to have won the Business Fours event and have had a great 2 days across both events, the cracking weather helped.  To take home the donation for MND Scotland is something which means a lot to us having watched a close family member suffer the fate of motor neurone disease. We’d encourage any business thinking about getting involved to give it a try.”

Bart Van de Laar collecting his nearest the pin prize

Alongside team members Marc Teague from MNM Developments and Iain MacIntosh at Dunedin Security, the team had a combined stableford score of 151 points.

Morag McGown, MND Scotland’s corporate partnerships manager, said “I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone at Riddle & Coghill for their continued support. The Business Fours golf tournament is a fantastic event and we’re delighted that the team at Riddle & Coghill won this year, raising an incredible total for MND Scotland. This money will allow MND Scotland to continue supporting people affected by Motor Neurone Disease across Scotland, and fund vital research into a cure for this devastating illness.”

Stevie Hastie was nearest the pin on the 8th hole

Sponsors Kinetic Demolition supported the charity donation for the runners-up and £600 will be going to Alzheimer Scotland after the Equator Scotland team had some fine individual scoring to finish in second place for the second year running.

In the individual prizes Stevie Hastie from Edinburgh Airport was closest on hole 8, while Aberdeen-based Oil and Gas firm professional from Exceed, Bart van De Laar hit the nearest the pin on the 17th.

Jamie Stevens won the longest drive competition

On the longest drive hole the reigning UK Ladies Long Drive champion Ilona Stubley was on hand to push the players out of their comfort zone and see if they could out drive the big hitter.

Only a handful of players managed the feat but it was Jamie Stevens from Village Hotel Club, last year’s champions, who hit it furthest and won the bragging rights unfortunately it wasn’t enough for them to make it back-to-back titles.

Scott Fyfe sunk the longest putt

In the last of the individual prizes it was Anderson Strathern solicitor Scott Fyfe who holed the longest putt to finish off his round for the day.

Business Fours returns next year, and plans are already in place to make the 2019 season extra special for Scotland’s corporate golfing community. Before that Business Fives will take place over the summer with 11 events across the country for football loving firms.

Scotland’s national business golf tournament comes to a climax with final at home of golf

Sixteen of Scotland’s finest golfing companies will be heading to the home of golf on Wednesday for their chance to be crowned champions of Scotland’s national business golf tournament, Business Fours.

Current UK Ladies Golf Long Drive Champion, Ilona Stubley, will be on hand at to see if participants can hit the ball further, all in the aid of charity.

The Construction and Housing sector will be well represented with teams of golfers from the likes of Careys, Advance Construction, Stewart Milne Homes, Malcolm Hollis and Shepherd Surveyors competing at the Torrance Course at St Andrews Fairmont on Wednesday May 30 when the hooter blows at 10.30am.

They include the winners from qualifiers of the event which took place in Dalmahoy, Cardrona and Mar Hall who will be kitted out in their new Royal & Awesome Troos courtesy of the brand.

Also among them will be reigning champions Village Hotel Club – as well as reigning Business Fives five-a-side winter winners Graham Pest Control.

Every putt will count as the combined stable ford score of all four from each company will determine who the winner is.

Each team will be split up into different four balls to make new connections on the day – as they rely on their colleagues to put in a quality round.

Among the individual competitions on the day will be longest drive – with Scotland’s Ilona Stubley on hand to give the players some guidance.

As always the tournament has a big charity focus – with teams raising cash for their chosen good cause.

So far the charity pot  stands at over £2,500 and the winning company will drive away not only with the title but a bumper donation.

The tournament has been supported by sponsors Kinetic Demolition and director James Warren will be on hand to hand over the winning trophy.

The charity raffle prizes includes a unique opportunity to play Gullane the day after the Scottish Open with Sunday pin positions and Grandstands still intact.

Full list of finalists and their chosen charities

  • Brewin Dolphin playing for Winning Scotland Foundation
  • Begbies Traynor playing for the Glasgow Children’s Hospital
  • Equator Scotland
  • Riddle & Coghill playing for MND Scotland
  • Edinburgh Airport playing for Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance
  • Anderson Strathern playing for SAMH
  • Turcan Connell playing for Down Syndrome Scotland
  • Advance Construction playing for Kilbride Hospice
  • Careys playing for the Carey Foundation
  • Malcolm Hollis playing for LandAid
  • Stewart Milne Homes playing for Beatson Cancer Charity
  • Village Hotel Club playing for Calums Cabin
  • Graham Pest Control playing for Cash for Kids and Down Syndrome Scotland
  • Exceed Well Management

Construction, Housing & Property golfers reach Business Fours final

The Construction, Housing and Property golf qualifier of Business Fours found four more qualifiers for Scotland’s national business golf tournament final.

Supported by sponsors, Kinetic Demolition the day proved a smash all round with the golfers taking on the challenge of dismantling the course, something the demolition firm are experts in. Industry partners Scottish Construction Now, Scottish Housing News and the Scottish Property Federation have all supported the day to help make it a success.

Teams of four take part in the event including a team from Scottish Construction Now joined by fellow golfers from the sector.

The team representing Scottish Housing News / Scottish Construction Now

Held at MacDonald Cardrona Hotel and golf resort and conditions on the course were changeable with the lovely borders weather. With all four seasons in one day it was appropriate that four teams would qualify.

The format of Business Fours sees teams split up into different groups of players to allow for networking opportunities on the day, as well as some good quality golf.  As golfers from companies across the sector including CBC Construction, City Building Engineering Services, Stewart Milne Homes, J & E Shepherd, Careys, Scottish Water, Angus Housing Association, Wernick Hire, Malcolm Hollis, Advance Construction, MJ Lynas, Hart Builders and ABL Business Finance attempted to join the 12 teams who qualified already for the final.

As like Business Fives, Business Fours also raises money for charity – with a donation going to the winners’ good cause.

The winning team from Advance Construction

The winning team score came from one of the Advance Construction entrants, captained by Tom Crumlish and helped by the fine scoring of John Dougherty as well as Jim Nelson and Jason Main who all shot scores in the 30s.

Also securing qualification for the National final at St Andrews Fairmont on the 30th of May were teams from Shepherd Surveyors and Malcolm Hollis who are both playing in support of the RICS Scotland Pledge 150 campaign for LandAid.

They were joined by the team from Careys who finished as runners up and will go on to play for the Carey Foundation.

In the individual awards Kevin Sargent from Careys hit his 7 iron Nearest the Pin on hole 5 while Craig Brown from J & E Shepherd hit it closest on the 13th green.

Rory Cullens from Malcolm Hollis knocked it passed his colleague, Gerry McGuigan to claim the bragging rights and the prize for longest drive on the picturesque 10th hole.

In the last of the individual awards Gordon Newlands from Stewart Milne Homes holed the longest putt on the 18th Green to finish off his round in style.

The charity raffle was well supported and raised £395 on the day which will go into the charity pot along with Business Fours 10% donation, which will be scooped up by the winning companies chosen charity at the finals day.

The draw will also be made at the final for the stellar prizes the Scottish Open have donated which include a fourball at Gullane the day after the Scottish Open with the Sunday pin positions and grand stands still intact, which is the unique opportunity to play Gullane 1 and Gullane 2 like the pros.

The four teams will go on to join qualifiers from Clydesdale Bank, Begbies Traynor, Insider.co.uk, Graham Pest Control, Village Hotels, Shepherd surveyors, Oceaneering, Exceed, Riddle & Coghill, Edinburgh Airport, Anderson Strathern and Turcan Connell in the national final to play for a bumper donation for their chosen charity.

Business Fours set to be a smash next week with support of Kinetic Demolition

Golfing professionals from Scotland’s Construction, Housing & Property sector will take part for their chance to be crowned national business golf champions 2018.

It won’t be just the fairways and trees getting smashed as demolition and industrial dismantling specialists, Kinetic Demolition will be sponsoring the prizes for the event.

Director James Warren said: “We are delighted to be supporting Business Fours this year and see the sponsorship as a great opportunity to align our brand with a tournament that is supporting so many fantastic charities throughout Scotland. Through our work here at Kinetic Demolition we understand CSR is a big focus for many of our clients in the construction sector and wish all the teams taking part good luck for the event.”

Scotland’s national business golf tournament teed off this week in Glasgow with the first of five qualifying events across the country.

Four more teams from the Construction, Housing & Property event will be looking to secure their place at the national final on the Torrance Course at St Andrews on May 30th.  The date for Construction, Housing & Property professionals is Thursday 26th April at the Championship course at MacDonald Cardrona supported by industry partners, Scottish Construction Now, Scottish Housing News and the Scottish Property Federation.

The Scottish Construction Now team will be dusting off their clubs with a stellar line up of companies already involved as they join golfers from Stewart Milne Homes, CBC, Malcolm Hollis, Shepherd Surveyors, Careys, City Building Engineering Services, Axiom PSL and Advance Construction.

The main aim of those taking part is to make new connections with Gregor Porteous, commercial valuation surveyor from Shepherd Surveyors, saying: “Business Fours is an excellent opportunity to meet other professionals within the industry and explore potential new relationships.”

This is facilitated through Business Fours unique golf day formula with most teams of 4 being split up for their round to maximise networking opportunities on the day.

As with all events under the Business Fives umbrella a strong charity element will run throughout the tournament with 10% of all revenue going into a charity pot, which will go to the winners of the national final and causes like the RICS LandAid Pledge 150 campaign are being well supported at the event.

There is still time to tee up at Business Fours Construction, Housing & Property event which caters for all levels of golfing abilities, more detail of which can be found here.

Still time to tee up with Business Fours Construction, Housing & Property event

Golfing professionals from Scotland’s Construction, Housing & Property sector will take part for their chance to be crowned national business golf champions and there are just six spaces left in the event.

Including the Scottish Construction Now team there is a stellar line up of companies involved so far with Stewart Milne Homes, CBC, Malcolm Hollis, Shepherd Surveyors, Careys, City Building Engineering Services, Axiom PSL, Advance Construction all taking part.

The Construction, Housing & Property event is one of five industry qualifying heats taking place ahead of the national final on the Torrance Course at St Andrews. The date for Construction, Housing & Property professionals is Thursday 26th April at the Championship course at MacDonald Cardrona supported once again by industry partners, Scottish Construction Now, Scottish Housing News and the Scottish Property Federation.

The tournament provides the opportunity to meet new connections in a relaxed environment through its unique golf day formula with most teams of 4 being split up for their round.  As with all events under the Business Fives umbrella a strong charity element will run throughout the tournament with 10% of all revenue going into a charity pot and causes like RICS Landaid Pledge 150 campaign being well supported at the event.

The destination of this donation will be decided by the winning company at the National final on the Torrance course at the Fairmont in St Andrews.

Business Fours is aiming to build on the success of its inaugural event last year and tournament founder, John McClarey, said. “We are really looking forward to teeing off the new season of Business Fours and we’re hoping to replicate the energy and enthusiasm from last year’s events that created a real buzz in the room.

“The format was embraced by all the companies who took part and the feedback was really positive with most of last year’s participants already back involved, something which proves the formula works.”

The tournament is now open for entries and caters for all levels of golfing abilities you can find more detail over on the website here.

List of Events

Professional Services Glasgow Heat

Tuesday 17th April- Mar Hall Championship Course, Glasgow

Dundee Professional Services Heat

Thursday 19th April – Medal Course, Monifieth Links, Monifieth

Professional Services Edinburgh Heat

Tuesday 24th April – Dalmahoy Championship East Course, Edinburgh

Construction, Housing & Property Heat

Thursday 26th April – MacDonald Cardrona Golf Resort, Cardrona

Energy Aberdeen Heat

Tuesday 1st May – Aboyne Golf Club

GRAND FINAL

Date 30th May – St Andrews Torrance Course

Business Fours teeing off for Construction, Housing & Property professionals

Scotland’s national business golf tournament Business Fours returns in 2018 with its Spring season after the success of last year’s inaugural tournament.

With five industry qualifying heats taking place ahead of the national final in St Andrews the date for Construction, Housing & Property professionals is Thursday 26th April.  The event is being held at the Championship course at MacDonald Cardrona supported once again by industry partners, Scottish Construction Now, Scottish Housing News and the Scottish Property Federation.

Companies will be playing for their own chosen charity with the eventual winners collecting Business Fours 10% donation for their chosen charity, a model that has proven very successful with Business Fives having raised almost £40,000 for charities across Scotland since launching less than two years ago.

Business Fours events have the distinct aim of bringing companies across Scotland closer together with fourballs being split up to increase networking opportunities.  This was summed up perfectly by a player from last year’s event, Scott Hunter, solicitor from Turcan Connell, who said: “Good mix of business contacts; good golf course; good food; really good format that gets you speaking with new contacts in a relaxed setting.”

Companies like Stewart Milne Homes, CBC and Malcolm Hollis are involved so far and you can find additional info on the Construction, Housing & Property heat on our website here.

Tournament founder John McClarey said: “We are looking forward to building on the success of our 2017 events and the aim is to double the £4,660 raised for charity last year.

The feedback from the events was fantastic and we hope to continue to enable our clients to make lasting relationships through our golf events. We’re delighted to be taking in two new cities for Business Fours and are very much looking forward to hosting our Construction, Housing & Property event alongside our very supportive partners.”

And finally… Construction, housing and property sectors battle out tight charity golf event

Event winners Simple Energy Scotland

Event winners Simple Energy Scotland

The construction housing and property heat of Business Fours took place at Dundonald Links yesterday, the host of this year’s Scottish Open venue.

In decent conditions play got under way with a shotgun start and the format for the competition meant that companies had the chance to interact with other people in their sector as well as raise funds for tournament charity partner Beatson Cancer Charity. The heat was supported by industry partners Scottish Construction Now, Scottish Property Federation and Scottish Housing News.

They raffle supported by SEC Glasgow and McDonald Cardrona Hotel and raised over £550 for the charity and corporate partnerships fundraiser, Dawn Ferguson, was on hand to tell participants about the fantastic work they are involved in.

Dawn said: “Beatson Cancer Charity is delighted to be chosen as a charity partner of Business Fours. This is a fantastic partnership and I’d like to send my sincere thanks to everyone involved for their commitment to Beatson Cancer Charity. The generosity of the golfers will have a direct impact on thousands of cancer patients and their families, both now and in the future, through the dedicated work of the charity.”

South Ayrshire Council were edged out after a count back

South Ayrshire Council were edged out after a count back

In the individual prizes Tam O’Neil from EWI installers AC Whyte & Co came closest to the pin on the 6th hole seeing off competition from Mike Niven from the Simple Energy Scotland team, who shot an impressive 43 stableford points, the best individual score of the day.  Over at the 11th, Carey Group’s Ryan Coll went closest to the pin on his way to 39 points.

The first fourball of the day conjured up the longest drive at hole 14 with Douglas Sibbald of Cappers Group from the Scottish Construction Now team splitting the fairway. The more trivial longest putt on the 18th hole came from the same group with Gordon Raymond from Weslo Housing Management finding the hole from furthest out.

With four spots up for grabs at the National final the Construction, Housing & Property heat was the last on the West Coast and competition was fierce.

The AC Whyte & Co team captained by Tam O’Neil beat their colleagues by one shot to qualify for the final at St Andrews Fairmont in May, helped by solid scores from Aidan Moore, Alex Neil and Steven McNellis to give them bragging rights back in the office.

Dougall Baillie Associates qualified in third place

Dougall Baillie Associates qualified in third place

The team from consulting engineers Dougall Baillie Associates qualified in 3rd position with captain Norman Maclean leading his team out with 42 stableford points.

The scoring was even tighter to decide the overall winners with two teams from South Ayrshire Council tied equally with Simple Energy Scotland on a fantastic score of 151 points for the four members.

It was however Simple Energy Scotland who were crowned the Construction Housing and Property heat champions by virtue of a count back on the back nine.

Captain John Wishart was on hand to collect the prize and will wear the Royal & Awesome tartan troos with pride at the National Finals.

The Scottish Construction Now team contained high scoring Dennis Briggs, long driving Douglas Sibbald and bunker-loving editor  Kieran Findlay

The Scottish Construction Now team contained high scoring Dennis Briggs, long driving Douglas Sibbald and bunker-loving editor Kieran Findlay

Commendable fine individual scoring from players from Arch Henderson, with both Chris Fernand and Kevin Fettes scoring over 40 points and Dennis Briggs from tournament partners Scottish Construction Now also got over the magic 40 mark.

The action continues on April 26th when Business Fours returns to Craigielaw golf course for the final qualifying heat which will see the Technology & IT sector come together.

Business Fours drives property sector onto the green

Business 4sAfter the success of Business Fives, Scotland’s national business five-a-side tournament, the Scottish Property Federation (SPF) is now backing Scotland’s first ever national business golf tournament.

Business Fours gives professionals the opportunity network with peers in their industry through its unique formula as well as to get out of the office and raise money for a good cause while enjoying a round of golf at this years’ Scottish Open venue, Dundonald Links in Troon.

Teeing off on April 6, the Construction, Housing & Property Heat, one of six different heats, is supported by the SPF.

David Melhuish, director of the SPF, said: “We are thrilled to be supporting the Construction, Housing & Property Heat of the Business Fours. It’s a fantastic way of getting the property sector together and raise some money for charity. We also want to help promote a better, more active lifestyle, so what better way to get people out from behind their desks and out onto the green than a friendly tournament.

“I’m sure it will be another great success following Business Fives and a chance for the property sector to not only network and raise their game on a professional level, but to have fun with some competitive rivalry on the course.”

Business Fours is maintaining its company commitment to donating ten per cent to charity and money raised through entry fees will go to The Yard and Beatson Cancer Charity.

John McClarey, managing director of Business Fours, said: “I am extremely pleased to have the support once again of the Scottish Property Federation. This tournament is a first-of-its kind and will no doubt appeal to many who have a love of golf.

“It’s a fantastic chance for businesses to network whilst getting a bit competitive and I hope we can raise as much money for charity as possible.”

This event is also being supported by Scottish Housing News and Scottish Construction Now. To enter your team in the Construction, Housing & Property heat of Business Fours on April 6th or for further information, please visit the website.