We are thrilled to announce that this year’s guest speaker at the DF Communications Business Golf League 2019 is PGA professional Alan Tait.
Alan, who turned professional in 1990 and enjoyed 4 years at Cawder Golf Club in Glasgow where he completed his PGA training under the watchful eye of former PGA Captain Ken Stevely. In 1996, he capped off a brilliant year playing on The PGA Scottish Tartan Tour circuit. He won numerous pro ams as well as the Scottish Assistants Championship and also won the Scottish PGA Matchplay Championship. He finished the year off by gaining his European Tour Card at San Roque and Sotogrande in Spain, for the 1997 season.
He is probably best known for being the first player ever to shoot 64 (8 under par) round the Championship Course at Carnoustie in 1994, at The Daily Express 72 Hole Pro Am Championship. This record stood for 23 years until Tommy Fleetwood went one better in The 2017 Dunhill Links.
In 1999, Alan took the decision to move into golf management and spent the next 6 years as Golf Operations Manager at The Westerwood Hotel near Glasgow. He then went on and had similar roles at The Carrick on Loch Lomond and Spey Valley in the Highlands of Scotland. Latterly he had 9 great years as Director of Golf at The Dalmahoy Hotel Golf and Country Club in Edinburgh. From there he secured his first General Manager role, when he made the short journey from Edinburgh to Livingston, to join the Deer Park Golf & Country Club. Since then he has moved on to be the Area Manager for the North of England and Scotland for the 59Club, an after dinner speaker and host as well as an on the course golf commentator for BBC Radio Scotland.
Craig Forsyth, our Sales Director here at DF Communications said, “We look forward to welcoming Alan to Aberdeen and introducing him to our 24 finalist. On the day of the final we will see 12 teams play at Trump International Golf Links (Scotland). After a day of golf, the finalist will have the chance to chat to Alan, discuss this year’s league and enjoy a fantastic dinner at MacLeod House.”
Money raised from this year’s league will be donated to SAMH – Scottish Association Mental Health as chosen by Trump International, 2018 winners.
The final day of the league was a sunny but a blustery one, it just made for a more challenging game. Our finalist were treated to a “Beat the Pro” with former Ryder Cup player, Paul Way, on the 13th hole.
Ross Allerton and Chris Turner triumphed over their home course – Trump International Golf Links (Scotland).
In a two-ball scramble format, the Trump team finished in first place with GAC Services UK coming 2nd Duncan & Todd placing 3rd .
As winners, the Trump team will pick the charity to benefit at the 2019 final.
Craig Forsyth, sales director at DF Communications, said: “Congratulations to the Trump team on their success at this year’s event. They made home advantage count. The final was a superb opportunity for players to network over a game of golf at a first-class venue. This was the first time we held a dinner and we plan to do the same next year. Paul Way was excellent, and this year’s event couldn’t have gone any better.”
Other teams taking part in the final were Premier Investigations, Knight Frank, Aberdeen Property Leasing, HVAC, Equalizer International, Falck Safety Services, Right People and Nu-Style Products and ourselves.
Thank you to all who took part in the league and helped us raise £1000 for Cash 4 Kids. Congratulations again to Ross & Chris and Thank you for hosritng the first and the final day. We look forward to next year’s league and bringing business networking to the course.
The majority of matches have been completed and the qualifiers for the Finals day on Thursday September 20th can now be announced. Over the year there have been some close matches contested and also seen one or two that haven’t been so close.
The qualifiers to the 2018 DF Communications Business Golf League Final are as follows;
Group A –
Duncan & Todd
Group B –
Aberdeen Property Leasing
Group C –
Group D –
Falck Safety Services
Group E –
GAC Services UK
Group F –
Former Ryder Cup player Paul Way will be guest speaker at a special event that will mark the culmination of the 2018 DF Communications Business Golf League.
The final of the competition, involving 12 companies, will take place at Trump International Golf Links (Scotland) on Thursday, September 20 (2018). After a day of golf on the famous course to decide the champions, all finalists will enjoy dinner – and insights from Way – at the highly regarded MacLeod House.
Way first represented Europe in the Ryder Cup in 1983 and was on the winning European team at the Belfry in 1985. His record was six wins, two losses and one halved match. His last top 100 finish in the sport’s Order of Merit was in 1993. After 1997 he played relatively few tournaments, but returned to the spotlight in the European Seniors Tour in 2013.
Craig Forsyth, sales director at DF Communications, said: “We had our 2018 launch event at Trump International Golf Links and it’s great we’ll be returning there for the final. The course is a tremendous test – the team that comes out on top will be a worthy winner.”
“Our dinner will also be an opportunity for finalists to discuss the summer’s league and hear about the ups and downs of life as a professional golfer from Paul Way, a three-time winner on the European Tour. We’re looking forward to the whole day and delighted Paul has agreed to speak at our event.”
A team from electrical services business SKN was in its element after the duo claimed victory in the finals of a north-east business golf league.
Twelve businesses teed off in the final of the DF Communications Business Golf League at the prestigious Castle Course in St Andrews.
As a result of the event, £1,000 has been raised for Scottish Network for Arthritis in Children (SNAC).
Trevor Mackie and Kevin Norrie, of SKN’s Aberdeen operation, secured the top prize, pipping recruitment business Coutts Mennie to the trophy. The winning pair received Castle Course framed flags after clinching the title.
Each year the tournament winners nominate a charity to benefit from funds raised during the following year’s event. Last year’s winners, Santander, selected SNAC as the charity worthy of support in the 2017 competition.
Under the stableford format, SKN won with a combined total of 74 points, with Coutts Mennie on 69 points. RAWC finished in third place on 63 points. Graham Cowie, of Nu Style and Cameron Diack of GAC, were winners in the nearest-the-pin competitions.
Craig Forsyth, sales director at DF Communications, said: “It was a fantastic day out for all the teams and another successful final after a summer of great golf and networking. SKN thoroughly deserved the win and hopefully will be back to defend the title next year.
“It was not only a great occasion for the event and the players, but a welcome boost for SNAC as it undertakes its valuable work.
“Looking forward to 2018, preparations are under way and we are confident it will be another hugely successful event.”
A total of 36 teams from the north-east played across a number of local courses between April and September, with the top two from six groups reaching the last stage. Matches over the summer were played in a fourball format with six teams in each division.
Businesses interested in taking part in the 2018 Golf League should contact Craig Forsyth or Iain Powell at email@example.com or call 01224 588844. For further information on the league or to join visit www.dfcommunications.com/golf-league/about
Entries are now open for the DF Communications Business Golf League which tees off in April.
The competition provides North East firms with the opportunity to network with others from a variety of business sectors.
In addition, companies will raise funds for this year’s chosen charity – Scottish Network for Arthritis in Children (SNAC) as chosen by the 2016 league winners, Santander.
DF Communications, an award-winning mobile phone and communications specialist to small, medium and large businesses, is the organiser of the league for a sixth consecutive year.
Craig Forsyth, sales director at Aberdeen-based DF Communications, said: “We’re now taking entries and hope to have around 36 teams in this year’s event. The league is a great way to build new contacts and play a game of golf at the same time.”
This year all teams are expected to take part in a launch event at one course, with the rest of the fixtures being played at ‘home’ courses throughout the summer. The Business Golf League is played in a fourball format with teams split into groups. The winners and runners-up from each division then qualify for the finals day held at a course yet to be announced.
Teams of between two and four named players can enter the league at a cost of £219+VAT. Last year’s tournament was won by Stuart Thom and Roy Strachan, of Santander Corporate and Commercial, at the Castle Course at St Andrews. The event raised £800 for MND Scotland which supports those affected by motor neurone disease.
Businesses interested in taking part should contact Craig Forsyth or Iain Powell at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01224 588844. For further information on the league or to join visit www.dfcommunications.com/golf-league/about
Twelve teams qualified for the final of the Aberdeen business golf league which was played at the Castle course, St Andrews.
Excellent weather did not seem to help the scoring this year Santander Corporate & Commercial represented by Stuart Thom and Roy Strachan won with Trump International represented by Ross Allerton and Chris Turner two shots back. Premier Oil represented by Craig Smith and Simon Tweedie finished in third place.
Winner Stuart Thom quote – “We are delighted to be involved in such a great event, the format is fantastic for networking and really works for us as a business. To win is the icing on the cake. Many thanks to DF Communications for running the league”
As the winner Santander get to choose the charity to benefit from next seasons league, which will be SNAC – Scottish network for Arthritis in Children http://www.snac.uk.com/
|Phil Murray – ITB|
|Grant Hendry – Knight Frank|
|Santander – Stuart Thom & Roy Strachan||66 points|
|Trump International – Ross Allerton & Chris Turner||64 points|
|Premier Oil – Craig Smith & Simon Tweedie||62 points|
|McLeod & Aitken – Graeme Beaton & Gavin Reid||61 points|
|Falck Safety – Duncan Bonner & Gary Ross||60 points|
|Knight Frank – Malcolm Campbell & Grant Hendry||58 Points|
|RAWC – Tom Boyle & Raymond Cowan||56 points|
|ITB LTD – John Soutar & Phil Murray||56 points|
|AP Systems – Russell Jaques & Aushu Mather||55 points|
|DF Communications – Iain Powell & Craig Forsyth||49 points|
|Craig Group – Bruce Catto & Colin Rushton||49 points|
|Aberdeen Business Network – Andrew Smith &Jason Moir||44 points|
The DF Communications Business Golf League is about to swing into action for 2016 and businesses are being asked to register their interest at email@example.com
Matches are due to tee-off at courses across the north-east of Scotland between April and August, with the winners and runners-up from each of the six divisions then qualifying for the finals, to be played at a yet to be revealed location.
In 2015, the finals were held at the Castle Course in St Andrews where the Glacier Energy team of Stuart Forsyth and Stuart Hill were the victors. Mark McCausland and Lewis Bannister of Westburn Solutions claimed second place, while the Kore Solutions team of Duncan Booth and Shaun Buchan came in third. They were very fortunate with the weather and everyone had an enjoyable day. DF Communications were delighted with the responses they received from the participants, not only on the day but throughout the year.
Each year the winning team nominates a charity to benefit from funds raised during the subsequent year’s event. Reigning champions Glacier Energy have selected Motor Neurone Disease Scotland (MND) as the cause to benefit from the 2016 competition.
DF Communications, an award-winning mobile phone and communications specialist to small, medium and large businesses, has sponsored and organised the long-running league for a fifth consecutive year.