Builders Merchants Journal Golf Classic Final 2008: Not even a fire in the Channel Tunnel could keep the keenest of keen merchanting golfers away from their hard-won prize – a two-night trip to the five-star Hotel Westminster in Le Touquet and the chance to play a round on the La Mer course.
Not for nothing is La Mer considered one of the hardest courses in northern France – after all, it’s where they play the French Open. In previous years, weary players have been heard to curse their clubs, threaten to give the game up altogether, so tough can the winds whipping off the English Channel be.
Unsuspecting players, coming up against this course for the first time often end up heading into the pine trees searching for balls at each and every hole.
Not so our fearless winners this time. The team of Mark Hughes – Polypipe, Duncan Andrews – Qualitex Supplies Ltd, Graeme Andrews – Qualitex Supplies Ltd, Kieran Burke – Grafton Group Plc managed to beat off the challengers to emerge victorious.
Gallantly giving the winners va run for their money was the runner-up team of Craig Pickford – Catnic, Phil White – Parker Building Supplies, Martin Bland – Travis Perkins, Dave Weller – Lawsons, while, in third place were Heinz Klepacz – Marshalls, Matthew Lewis – Travis Perkins Ltd, Dave Carter – Gibbs & Dandy Plc, Dave Lovell – Lawsons.
Graeme Andrews was the individual player who scored the highest points on the day, while Catnic’s Craig Pickford managed the same honour for the sponsors.
As usual, the tournament would not be possible without the help and support of the sponsors: BASF Feb, Castle Cement, Catnic, Hanson, Marshalls and Polypipe.
Check out our golf pages for the photos and player comments in the next few days.