FireSport UK Scotland v England Annual International Championship 2023 hosted by Scottish Fire and Rescue Services at
Monifieth Golf Links, Angus
27th & 28th September 2023
Sponsored by Elite Electrical Contracting Ltd.
Scotland v England Annual International Championship 2023
The final National FireSportUK Golf Championship of 2023 did not disappoint at the fantastic Monifieth Golf links in Angus. In what was a great “Auld Enemy” battle, thanks go to the Golf Links staff who presented the course in superb condition. Thanks also to the Grange & Broughty Golf club for allowing us to use their facilities, bar and catering and their friendly welcome. In what was probably the most important fixture since 1966, the outcome will probably go down in history as the greatest ever!!! It will be talked about in the locker rooms and on the fairways at every FireSport UK event for the next 50 years. Most importantly, it was played in the good spirits that the competition deserves.
Pairs Day 1 The first round of Matchplay was the Pairs teeing off at midday (A bit earlier than planned). I was hoping I would not need to mention the weather in this report as is on nearly every other one BUT, come 1500hrs, the wet stuff started coming down and then about 15 mins later was coming down sideways when the wind joined in! Horrendous conditions where everyone got a good drowning. The course held up better than the waterproofs, but this did not stop the players battling it out. After the 10 games, England held a slight lead, 5 ½ to 4 ½ going into the day 2 Singles. As the teams tried to dry out, we all jumped in the buggies and headed back to the hotel for some light refreshments. Nearest the Pin, Hole 5 – Steve Talbot (Eng) Nearest the Pin in 2, Hole 7 – Colin Mottram (Eng) Nearest the Pin in 3, Hole 9 – Danny Doherty (Sco) Singles Day 2 Back to the 1st tee at 1130hrs, the 20 singles games headed off into the bumps and slopes of the links which, were again, in perfect conditions considering the overnight monsoon. As the games moved round the course, players trying to find out current standings using typical golfers sign language added to the drama and it wasn’t until the final game came in when there was a clear winner. I can only comment on the fourball that I was in, and let’s just say, points were shared! Tony Leslie, put me to the sword in what was a fantastic display of golf, beating me 4n2. The other match, Martin Spence (Scotland), 4 down, 6 to play, somehow fought back and beat Grant Morrow (Scotland)1 up. I am sure there were other tales of brilliance and woe out there! With the 2nd last game done, the scores were sitting Scotland 15 v 14 England. The darkness was coming in and with Scotland needing at least a half, Dean Gibb pulled out a 3n2 win and, for the first time since 2008, the trophy was back in Scottish hands.
Nearest the Pin, Hole 11 – Neil Spratt (Eng) Nearest the Pin in 2, Hole 7 – Derek Brown (Sco) Nearest the Pin in 3, Hole 9 – Kenny Carlyle (Sco)
A fantastic effort by all and well done the prize winners. Quote of the Comp – Jason Bettinson (England)
“COVID has won this trophy more than Scotland!”
Not now, it’s a draw!
Winners – SCOTLAND – 16 v 14
Thank you all for your efforts and contribution to a successful and very competitive championship and look forward to the 2024 England v Scotland, hosted by England at Sandmoor Golf Club. Thanks also to the event Sponsor (ELITE ELECTRICAL CONTRACTING Ltd) for your generosity in making this championship the success it was. Thanks Tony Leslie and Mick Topping for your work with the sponsors.
I would also like to thank DACO Bruce Farquharson for representing the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service at the prizegiving and presenting the trophy. Last and by no means least, a BIG CHEER to Sandy Thomson, the Vice Captain of the golf club for a fantastic speech which topped off a great championship.
Andrew Macleod – Scottish Secretary
Winning Team - Scotland
Results FSUK Golf Section - National Individual Championship
Scarborough South Cliff GC
18th and 19th September 2023
Results – Over 2 days
Nett Results – Over 2 days 1st Chris Briggs Notts 139 Trophy Winner 2nd Shane Toulson South Yorkshire 142 3rd Danny Shuttleworth West Yorkshire 143 4th Chris Duggan West Yorkshire 143
Gross Results – Over 2 Days
Chris Briggs Notts 144 Trophy Winner Prizes 1st Steve Wood South Yorkshire 154 2nd Dave Barkley Cleveland 154 C/B 3rd Gar Robinson Suffolk 160 4th Matt Thompson Notts 164
Results Day 1 - Monday 18th September
Day 1 Nett
1st Chris Lofthouse West Yorkshire 68 2nd Dave Saif South Yorkshire 68 3rd Neil Hessle South Yorkshire 69 4th David Apps East Sussex 70
Day 1 Gross
1st Lee Storrer South Yorkshire 78 2nd Steve Talbot West Yorkshire 79 3rd Paul Copley Kent 80 4th Jamie Pidd Humberside 80
Day 2 Results - Tuesday 19th September
Day 2 Nett 1st Stu Wolfe Leicestershire 71 2nd Craig Hoyland Cheshire 73 3rd Ronnie Monaghan Tyne and Wear 73 4th Dave Rushin Leicestershire 74
Day 2 Gross 1st Andy Robinson Cleveland 83 2nd Neil Cawthorn South Yorkshire 83 3rd Dom Thompson Derbyshire 85 4th Mick Bell West Yorkshire 85
This years’ Charity Cup was hosted by Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service and supported by Horizon Shutters at Portal G&CC in Tarporley Cheshire.
Charity Cup Report
This years’ Charity Cup was hosted by Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service at Portal G&CC in Tarporley Cheshire. 24 teams from across the UK set out on the parkland courses over 2 days.
Day 1 – Pairs better-ball stableford was the format. After 18 holes of competitive golf. It was close at the top of the leaderboard – 2 teams led the way on 78 points – GMC 2 and North Yorkshire. With another 4 teams on 77 points. One of the highlights of the day was a hole-in-one for GMC 2’s Doc Roberts on the 17th hole of the Premier course.
Day 2 – Singles Stableford with 3 out of 4 scores to count. There were a few weary legs having to walk to some of the starting holes on this shotgun start. But the game got underway on time at 10am. The Championship course is a long track but is more forgiving that it’s smaller sibling on day 1. However only 7 players managed to break the par of 36 points. The pick of the bunch was Mark Davison of South Yorkshire with a 41 point total. Another highlight was yet another hole-in-one. This time it was Piaras McElduff of Cheshire who holed out on the 1st hole, a par 4!!
Results – The scores were input into the computer and finalised and the results were as follows:-
Best Pair on Day 1 – P Hillaby & S Matthews (North Yorkshire) 44 points Beat the Pro Day 1 – M Borthwick (Tyne and Wear) Best Singles on Day 2 – M Davison (South Yorkshire) 41 points
NP Day 1 – 5th hole – Ste Talbot (West Yorkshire) 7th hole – Adrian Wilks (East Sussex) 15th hole – Mark Davies (West Midlands) 17th hole – Doc Roberts (GMC) hole-in-one NP Day 2 - 5th hole – M Davison (South Yorkshire) 14th hole – Darren Charters (Nottinghamshire) 16th hole – Ste Jones (Kent) 3rd Place Team – GMC 2 with 177 point total S Whitehead J Brook J Gaskell K Johnson
2nd Place Team – East Sussex with 182 point total S Deakin M White A Wilks S Hampton Winners of the Charity Cup 2023 – Cheshire with 183 point total P McElduff P Dillon C Hoyland G Atkinson
But the big winners were the Firefighters Charity. Due to the kind donations from people, we were able to raise £5,295 for the charity via the raffle and auction on the evening of Day 1. Some fun was had by all and some generous bids for 4-ball around the UK.
Thank you all for your support and generosity on the day and hope to see you all in Norfolk at Sprowston Manor in 2024!
On behalf of the Committee can I welcome you to Fire Sport UK Golf Section. Firstly, what a privilege and a pleasure it is for me to assume the role of Chair of this section.
I was appointed as Chief Fire Officer for South Wales Fire and Rescue Service on 1st December 2011. I joined the Fire and Rescue Service in 1990 and have worked in every rank and department across the Service. Shortly after the Fire and Rescue Service was devolved to Welsh Government, I was seconded in 2005 to the Welsh Assembly Government as Policy, Operational and Technical Advisor.
In 2005 I attained a MSc in Public Management at the University of Glamorgan, and completed the Fire and Rescue Service Executive Leadership Programme at Warwick Business School in 2010. In 2015, I was awarded a Fellowship by the Institute of Fire Engineers. In 2018 I was awarded the Queens Fire Service Medal by Her Majesty, which was a fantastic day for the family at the Palace.
Golf is one of my many sporting passions; I truly relish the challenges that playing golf gives me, but I also enjoy the social aspect of the sport. I strongly believe that not only does sport provide us with good physical health, but it also improves our mental health and wellbeing. Taking part and competing within the Fire Sport UK Golf section also gives us an opportunity to meet new friends and expand our fire family.
Our committee members Neil, Kevin, Grant and Mick work extremely hard to deliver outstanding events at iconic courses throughout the UK for us. We are also very fortunate to have such a strong regional structure and commitment from everyone that makes our regional golfing tournaments and competitions such a great success. I am looking forward to meeting you as we host our events and I wish you well with your game.