Business Fours

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.