The sun shone brightly as more than 60 golfers gathered to compete for the much-coveted Bob Ray Memorial Trophy at the picturesque Royal Blackheath Golf Club.
Long before the US awoke to its Independence Day celebrations, our enthusiastic golfers met for breakfast before a shotgun start at 8.30am. With the weather proving especially kind, the drinks cart was as popular as ever as teams from Argon, BAML, Barclays, CME, Cult Wines, CurveGlobal, Fidessa, FFK, ICE, INTL FC Stone, ION Group, JP Morgan, KRM22, Sheffield Haworth and Societe Generale took on the testing course.
Notwithstanding the bonhomie on display throughout the day, the competitive spirit was alive and well. Mulligans and 'Beat the Pro' tickets were in high demand and individuals and teams vied for prizes in one of the many challenges.
Congratulations to the winners in the individual contests:
Longest Drive – Nick Forgan
Nearest the Pin (12th hole) – Jon Garner
Nearest the Pin (16th hole) – Jon Regan
Best individual player – Jon Regan with 42 points (closely followed by Stephen O'Connor with 41 points and Garry Jones with 40)
A number of players managed to beat the unquestionably talented RBGC pro, Matt Johns, in the 8th hole challenge. Drawing those names from a hat, Mike Wilkins walked away with this year’s ‘Beat the Pro’ prize.
Competition was fierce for the Fastest Hole contest with CurveGlobal coming out on top with a time of 50.77 seconds. Second place went to the BAML team (51.4) and third place to ION (62.10).
Rounding off the prize-giving the Bob Ray Memorial Trophy was presented to CurveGlobal, winning with a team score of 95 points, ahead of joint runners-up JP Morgan and Sheffield Haworth with 93 points apiece.
Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, and all those who took part, the event raised more than £22,000 which will make a real difference to the many projects that FFK supports.