Employers from the automotive, construction and hairdressing industry downed tools and put their swing to the test in the annual Skills Group Golfing Championships.
The competition is organised by South West training provider Skills Group to say thank you to companies across the region for taking on apprentices or upskilling their workforce.
Representatives from automotive, construction and hairdressing industries across the region battled it out in the semi-final before the winners were invited to tee-off in the grand final.
The five teams battling it out at the grand final, for this year’s title included Sam Murphy and James Harvey from Sement Bricklaying, Andy Priddle and Nigel Hill who attended on behalf of Hallwell Projects, Chris Northam and Jon Iles from Nordic Installations, Ray Elliott and Stephen Butler from REB South West, Mark Wood from Lang & Potter and Gary Andrew from GD Andrew General Builder.
Proving they were above par were Sam Murphy and James Harvey from Sement Bricklaying who swung through to take the crown.
The two-day final was held at the Remedy Oak Golf Club in Wimborne in October where Sam and James were presented with the trophy as 2017 winners.
Hosted by Skills Group managing director Mark Boulting, the event also enabled teams to get expert tips on how to improve their short game from professional golfer and former Volvo PGA champion Scott Drummond.
Mark said: “Our annual golfing challenge is a great way to thank all our trusted employers who take on our apprentices or upskill their workforce, and help develop their skills to create the next generation of skilled employees.
“On behalf of Skills Group we’d like to say congratulations to Sam and James for playing a fantastic round and taking the crown, but also to all the teams that took part in the event both at the final and at our initial heat.”
The Skills Group has also been helping Plymouth schoolchildren get into the swing of golf. The Skills Group Scott Drummond (left) and Sam Stephens (right)
The Skills Group has also been helping Plymouth schoolchildren get into the swing of golf.
It has donated £1,000 to Plymouth Junior Golf Academy. The money will go towards replacing old and tired equipment, buy ‘player of the week trophies’ and extend the Academy’s reach to local youngsters.
Founded in 2015 by professional golfer Sam Stephens, Plymouth Junior Golf Academy runs free taster sessions in schools across the city.
In the last two years ‘The School of Golf’ programme has offered after-school training to more than 5,000 youngsters across 26 primary schools in and around Plymouth.
Plymouth Junior Golf Academy also runs 12-week-long programmes at Plymouth Golf Centre where more than 100 young members attend to develop their skills with tips from PGA (Professional Golfers’ Association) experts.
Sam said: “Our schools programme is the lifeblood of our Academy, 80 per cent of the children attending the Academy have come through this programme, the vast majority having never played golf before.”
“There have been so many success stories through the scheme but it is the children from deprived backgrounds who are now members of local golf clubs which we are most proud of.”
Plymouth professional golfer Scott Drummond is an ambassador for Skills Group and welcomed the sponsorship of Plymouth Junior Golf Academy.
He said: “I think it’s very important for children to get the opportunity to try all sports if possible. Golf is a great sport as you can play individually and also as part of a team. It is also good exercise and teaches you many skills.
“Golf has come along way in the last few years, it is now much more accessible, with easier access to golf courses and driving ranges. Giving children the opportunity to get into the sport through school is a great way to get the game out there to more youngsters and is a fun environment as they are with their peers.
“Skills Group’s support of Plymouth Junior Academy is a really positive action that will hopefully enable the academy to reach more local children and support them with better equipment in the years to come.”
Source: Devon live