Conaty and Hare win the 2014 ME Construction Golf Championship
After a keenly contested day’s golf at the Lullingstone golf club, near Orpington, Kent, at the end of June, James Conaty and Duncan Hare emerged as winners of the inaugural ME Construction Golf Championship.
Played in glorious sunshine, the championship involved eight players: Dennis Barnard, Richard Rudd, Russell Aplin, Richard Graham, Steve Jeal, Olly Soper, James Conaty and Duncan Hare.
Playing as pairs - split into lower and higher handicap players - the contestants were drawn in two groups of four. Group one comprised Barnard and Rudd; Aplin and Graham, while group two consisted of Jeal and Soper; Conaty and Hare.
While James Conaty and Duncan Hare were crowned the overall winners on the day, the prize for the longest drive went to Richard Rudd, for his efforts at the 11th hole. The ‘closest to the pin’ prize went to Russell Aplin for an enterprising - even courageous - shot at the 17th hole.
However, although there was no prize to win, the most consistent and entertaining performance on the day came from Dennis Barnard, the company’s Operations Director, who seemed determined to make his mark on the day’s proceedings by landing his golf ball in every bunker on the course.
According to Dennis’ fellow competitor, Russell Aplin: “Dennis seemed to end up in pretty much every bunker. Throughout the day, his raking improved more than his golf!”
“It was a splendid day’s entertainment – and great fun,” said Dennis. “We’re all looking forward to next year’s Championship – although, in 2015, I’m hoping to see less of the sand and more of the fairways and greens.”