The second annual Alliance Automotive Group Golf Event took place at The Belfry on Thursday 13th and Friday 14th June 2019. Despite the days of heavy rain fall leading up to the event, the incredible grounds staff ensured the event went ahead.
The event saw over 100 GROUPAUTO & UAN motor factor members and sponsoring supplier delegates arrive on the Thursday to check-in to their hotel rooms before sitting down to dinner in the beautiful Warwick Suite of the Belfry for an American style buffet and drinks. The evening was kindly sponsored by Ring Automotive and included a live showing of the US Open at Pebble Beach. The evening was a relaxed atmosphere in preparation for the golf day on the Friday.
The days leading up to the event were nail biting as The Belfry worked tirelessly to ensure the course was playable. Once again, the Alliance Automotive Group Golf Event stood out from the usual corporate golf days with several food and drink stations positioned around the course, from the Horse & Crown trailer pub and VW Cocktail Campervan, to a wood-fired pizza pod and crepes van, all sponsored by approved suppliers to the group.
As delegates enjoyed their breakfast and spent time on the driving range the clouds ascended, and the rain persisted, but incredibly at 9.30am as the golfers were led out on the course for the shotgun start, the rain subsided. The sun broke through and the players teed off on the sound of the Claxon for the start of the 4-Ball competition.
The 4-Ball competition saw 18 teams of 72 golfers play their way around the famous and challenging Brabazon course, known for holding the 2002 Ryder Cup. The tees and greens were in great condition and although the bunkers were out of play the free drops were welcomed by the players. The players seemed in great spirit as they made their way around the picturesque course, in sections of the course it was difficult to tell whether the water-hazards were part of the various holes or simply large puddles occupied by ducks and their young ducklings.
After the golf competition on the Friday evening, everyone gathered for dinner and drinks sponsored by Remy, followed by the presentation of the golf awards.
The winners of the golf competition were:
• The Longest Drive winner of a Sonos One speaker sponsored by KYB was John Drinkall of UAN member HIT2014 in Hayes
• The Nearest the Pin winner of a Google Home Hub sponsored by Platinum International was Steve Everitt of Exol Lubricants
• The Winning player picking up the prize of a Garmin S20 Golf Watch sponsored by NGK was Tom Curtis of Shaftec, with a score of 38
• The winning 4-ball team sponsored by Apec Braking was Aaron Leadbetter and Josh Walsh from GROUPAUTO member A & L Components in Liverpool, Aktar Yousef of GROUPAUTO member Direct Motor Spares in Dewsbury and Adam Betteridge from Corteco, each collecting £150 worth of American Golf vouchers
After the awards an indoor chip-in challenge sponsored by Mahle finished off the night and a very successful event. Each player stepped up to take three shots at the prize wall with 15 players picking up a prize, ranging from a Starbucks voucher and a golf glove to a Nike golf bag.
Dan Williamson from UAN member Commercial Components Ltd, commented; “What a well organised and a really great event at The Belfry. It was a shame the weather wasn’t as kind as it could have been but playing the iconic Brabazon course was a tick on my ‘Bucket List’. Coupled with great service from all the staff in the hotel, bar and restaurants, it was the perfect event and I want to thank everyone involved.”