Luxfer Firesport Inter District Championship Belton Woods GC 27th and 28th September
I would just like to start this short report with some thanks from myself and all the district players who took part this year. This was the 27th year that the Luxfer group have sponsored this event and we are all very appreciative for their support and hope that they will carry on supporting this event, also many thanks to Ted Tipton for his never ending support and finally to all the staff at Belton Woods Hotel.
The district competition is played for once a year, the qualification period is from the end of this year's final to next years final this could be competed by approximately 300 firefighters from all the 12 districts.
The competition took place at Belton Woods Hotel in Grantham on the 27th & 28th September, the weather was very good with only a bit of rain overnight, the competition was hotly fought out by the favourites from the practice round, where there was a small competition to get the teams gelling. The favourites were West Midlands, North West and Yorkshire and Humberside.
As competition started it was very overcast and not looking very good but, the forecasters had got it right for a change and thank goodness it turned out to be a good day for golf. The overall Winners were:
Yorkshire and Humberside with 95pts.
Second place was London 93pts.
Third Place was South East 90pts.
There was also some extra comps being played for as well there were 3 Nearest The Pins. 5th Hole Albert Bruce Scotland 11th Hole Dave Barkley North East 15 Hole Brent Parry Wales this was in Two shots.
There was also a prize for the best Stableford player in each handicap category 0 - 9 Stuart Wolfe 35pts CPO East Midlands. 10 - 18 Mark Davies 37pts West Midlands. 19 - 28 Stephen Lyne 31pts CPO Scotland.
I would also like to thank all the players from the 11 districts for their support in the competition and to Matt Thompson & Mick Topping for their help with the competition, finally to Craig Brookes who has competed over the years starting as a higher handicap player and ending up as London's best Player.
Rosenbauer sponsored National Individual Competition Results and report
On the 7 – 8 September Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service hosted the ‘Fire Sport UK National Individual Golf Championships’ sponsored by Rosenbauer at Whittington Heath Golf Club near Lichfield. The event took place over 36 holes ( 18 each day) and welcomed over 60 players from fire services across the UK
Over a year in the planning, we ended up with two days of glorious weather on one of Staffordshire’s ‘hidden gems’ with some excellent and some not so excellent scores being returned.
Due to the generosity of our sponsor Rosenbauer we were able to have a quality prize table with clothing , shoe's , golf spec's , TOMTOM watch , bags ,clubs etc .
The event was a huge success with the course presenting a fair but testing challenge . Just as important was the catching up with old friends and new friendships that were formed during the two days on and off the course . It served as great networking event for staff of the UK fire services to meet colleagues share stories from each others brigades .
The winner of the main competition (Nett) was :
1st - Paul Richins Staffs - 136 2nd - Dave Brown Staffs - 137 3rd - Lee Schofield South Yorkshire - 142/countback 4th - Lee Everton South Yorkshire - 142/countback 5th - Paul Goddard Hampshire - 142 on countback
The gross placings were :
1st - Russ Shires East Sussex - 147 2nd - Phil Dermott GMR - 154 3rd - Ian Hendry Cleveland - 155 /countback 4th - Chris Briggs Notts - 155/countback 5th - Lee Chape Tyne & Wear - 155/countback
We had a few minor prizes including best gross score over two days on the par 3's which at just one over par was achieved by only 3 players ( Russ Shires/Lee Chape & Ian Hendry) Most birdies over two days - Mark Riley with 5 Nearest the pin winners were - Lee Everton / John Waller /Jamie Dawes/Alistair Johnston
David Greensmith (director) attended the event to represent the Staffs Fire & Rescue Service on behalf of the CFO to hand out prizes to the winners and he also presented the club a SFRS shield as a thanks to them and a gift to Gareth Johns the sponsor for their continued support of golf within the service across the UK .
Club president and sponsor Gareth Johns also assisted with prize presentation where the usual speeches were made thanking all who played their part in making this event the success . Look forward to next years event in South Wales at Machynys Peninsula nr Llanelli .
There is some important information on handicapping and the requirements for competitors here Please can all secretaries make themselves familiar with these new rules. This information has been added to the 'Rules' section on the website.
I have also included the current CONGU guidance on the Unified Handicapping System (click on image), this guidance will be particularly useful to secretaries when reviewing and amending handicaps. I will send all secretaries an easy to follow guide that will enable you to create a Competition Scratch Score for each event.
I am extremely proud to be the Chairman of the Firesport UK Golf Section which is one of the most active sports sections within the UK fire and rescue sector. Providing all the core ingredients for optimum physical, mental health and wellbeing, golf brings people together and can help combat stress. Our national committee supported by regional secretaries organise, promote and host a series of national competitions on a year on year basis which always provide a tough test for golfers from across the country and from all handicap categories. These events would not be possible without our wonderful sponsors who generously support and participate in each national event, providing the opportunity to meet and socialise with fire and rescue service staff from across the UK. On behalf of the committee and all competitors I thank our sponsors for their generosity and continued commitment which is gratefully appreciated. I also wish to thank our competitors who compete at our national events representing their respective fire and rescue services. It is due to your commitment we are able to facilitate excellent events at wonderful golfing venues across the UK. Our website provides details of all national events and whatever your golfing ability I encourage you to seek the honour of representing your fire and rescue service or country at one of our national golfing events, where you will find the golf challenging with a welcome and camaraderie that will leave lasting fond memories and a desire to return to meet colleagues and sponsors at future events.”
Paul Walker Chairman Firesport UK Golf Section CFO Cornwall Fire, Rescue & Community Safety Service