It was a slightly overcast day at Stock Brook Manor Golf and Country Club when the Nelson Chambers golf team arrived to take part in the Havens Hospices Corporate Charity Golf day. Poised from a recent victory in a similar tournament, the slightly revised team consisting of James Young, Stuart Whiter, Kieron Whitehead and Michael McGaw arrived, to compete against 27 other teams, hoping to achieve a similar level of glory.
The game was scored using Stapleford with the best 2 individual scores on each hole being counted and a shotgun start on the 9th hole opened the Chambers scorecard with their first points of the day from Michael McGaw. The tenth hole saw further points being added with a contribution from Kieron Whitehead and Stuart Whiter. With solid scoring on every hole, it was 6 holes into the game, on the 16th when the team really hit their stride with PARs from James Young and Michael McGaw securing 6 points on one hole and this type of play continued with the team going strength to strength on each and every hole. Sacrificing individual performance and developing team tactics to hedge risk but being brave and taking those risks at the same time was a key component of the day and the Chambers 4 ball really worked together to achieve the best for their team.
That being said some individual moments of note were as follows; Stuart Whiter was literally inches from a hole in one on the PAR 3 4th but left himself a tricky put for birdie ending up with a solid PAR which was matched by Kieron Whitehead adding more crucial points to the Chambers card. On the nearest the pin, Michael McGaw landed inches outside a previous competitor and James Young thought he had the longest drive competition in the bag on the PAR 5 5th but was narrowly beaten by the following team.
The game finished for the Chambers team on the 8th hole, the sun made an appearance and the team totted up what they were confident would be a podium contending 93 points! After a quick refreshment stop in the bar the team retired to one of Stock Brook’s dining suites where they were presented with a delicious meal a charity auction and the much anticipated results announcement.
The winners of the tournament scored an impressive 94 points with the Chambers team joining 2 other businesses on 93.
All in all the day was a huge success and the real win for everyone involved was not the day out playing golf, the beautifully manicured course, the fine dining afterwards, or indeed the accolade of podium finishing points, but the pride of being involved with fund raising for such an inspirational charity like Haven Hospices was what took the top spot for the Chambers team.