IAAF Golf Challenge 2019 tees off at Worsley Park

Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) has successfully hosted its Team Golf Challenge at Worsley Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club near Manchester, in aid of automotive trade charity, BEN.

The event, which took place on 10 July, saw 12 teams taking part to raise a total of £420 for BEN, with the wet weather doing little to dampen team spirits.

The 18-hole course, set in 200 acres of scenic parkland, presented some tricky challenges for participants, which saw Sogefi Filtration being awarded the prize for the winning team, featuring Sam Verity, Paul Merson, Malcolm Gomersall and Gary Dunford. The runner-up team was RRD Automotive, which included Matt Kelly, Vince Gibbons, Andy Reynolds and Mark Kendall.

In addition to the winners and runners-up trophies, there were prizes for ‘Longest Drive’, which went to Andrew Ashcroft from Team Robert Bosch, with Erika Dean from the Automechanika Birmingham Team winning ‘Nearest the Pin’ and Best Individual Score being awarded to the Sogefi Filtration team.

The winning team from Sogefi with Wendy Williamson, IAAF Chief Executive (L-R: Malcolm Gomersall, Sam Verity, Gary Dunford, Paul Merson)
Runners-Up, RRD Automotive receiving their trophies from Wendy Williamson 
Gary Dunford from the Sogefi Team receiving his trophy for the best individual score from Wendy Williamson
Erika Dean from the Automechanika Birmingham team receives her Nearest the Pin trophy from Wendy Williamson
Andrew Ashcroft from the Bosch team achieved the Longest Drive and received his trophy from Wendy Williamson

The overall winners of the IAAF-BEN golf challenge for 2019 will be the team with the best score from this event and the second Team Golf Challenge which is due to take place on 15 August at The Abbey Hotel in Redditch, Worcestershire, which will be unveiled at the IAAF’s Annual Awards Dinner in December, where winners will be invited to receive their prize.

The event sponsors for the day were:

  • Nearest the Pin: Robert Bosch
  • Longest Drive: NGK
  • Light Refreshments: Sogefi Filtration
  • Golf Balls & Tees: Automechanika Birmingham
  • Golf Umbrellas: Euro Car Parts

IAAF chief executive, Wendy Williamson, said: “Congratulations to all the teams and a big thank you to all our supporters and sponsors in making the day such a fantastic success. We look forward to enjoying some more great golf, while raising further funds for such an important cause when we head to The Abbey next month.”

BEN is a charity exclusively available to those who work, or have worked, in the automotive industry, as well as their family dependents.

There are still a few spaces left for the second Team Golf Challenge event on 15 August at The Abbey Hotel, those interested are urged to sign up now before they are allocated by contacting IAAF’s head office: [email protected]