Barchester Golf Masters 2016

The annual Barchester Masters Golf Event in aid of the Barchester Foundation took place this year on 7th and 8th September with a total of 110 players taking part over the 2 days.

The tournament was held at Castle Stuart Golf Links (www.castlestuartgolf.com), who hosted this year’s Scottish Open Golf Tournament.  The course was in top condition and despite the rainy conditions the players remained in great spirits, thoroughly enjoying the championship course and the beautiful Highland surroundings.

The 2 day event kicked off on Wednesday with 36 players taking part in a Texas Scramble Competition. The winning team with a net score of 52.9 was Darren Miller, George Osborne, Lee Bruton and Luke Davey. The 2nd placed team comprised Calum Macleod, Anthony Duhig, John Reid and Malcolm Sclater.

The main competition began on Thursday morning with 74 players taking part.  After a rainy 1st nine holes, players enjoyed hot dogs, ice cold beers and a good Scottish dram of whisky (optional of course!). The sun came out for the remaining nine holes where the players tried their best to win a Mitsubishi ASX car which was up for grabs at the 17th for a hole in one; however there was no lucky winner on the day. 

There was some fantastic golf played throughout the competition. The winners included:

Individual
1st Lee Bruton (Score 40)
2nd Darren Miller (Score 37)
3rd Robbie Fyfe (Score 37)

Team
1st Andrew Nicholson, Lee Radzki, Anthony Duhig and Jim Goldthorpe (Score 88)
2nd Darren Miller, George Osborne, Lee Bruton and Luke Davey (Score 86)
3rd Mark Lynam, Andrew Lloys, Colin Black and Marino Keith (Score 84)

Nearest the Pin
Keith McManus

Longest Drive
Robert Hutchison

After the competition everyone gathered at The Kingsmills Hotel for dinner followed by the presentation of prizes and speeches from Calum Macleod, Mike Parsons, Pete Calveley, Bill McAllister and special guest speaker John McKelvie.

Mike Parsons gave a touching tribute to Regional Maintenance Manager and Foundation Trustee, Malcolm McDonald, who passed away last month. A new trophy, the Malcolm Macdonald Trophy was commissioned in Malcolm’s honour and the first winner, Lee Bruton also paid tribute to Malcolm who he described as a true legend.

A brilliant time was had by everyone and all proceeds raised from the event, estimated at over £10,000 will go towards the Barchester Foundation (www.bhcfoundation.org.uk).