‘It was golf but not as most people know it’ is one way to sum up the tournament with a difference at Brickhampton Court Golf Complex that was the SoGlos Gloucestershire Golf Day in partnership with Optimizing IT.
The invitation-only event took the sport’s handicap system to a whole new level, opening the door for everyone from the accomplished to the absolute beginner to win one of the medals at the inaugural sports competition.
Damian Brooks and fellow professional golf coaches Jamie Rudge and Rob Watson were the first to prove they deserve medals (mainly for patience) by getting everyone ready for a memorable grand final at Staverton Club on the golf-themed networking day.
Fresh from their driving range lessons, teams of four competed in a competition that tested not only their golfing skills but also their running, the etiquette and fabric of the game – and their ability to keep a straight face.
“I am about to unveil the winners of what is probably the most important golf tournament that has taken place at this very spot today,” said a tongue-in-cheek Brooks, whose ability to keep participants on track was admirable.
Geoff Smith of Optimizing IT in County-based, who worked with SoGlos to make the day possible, said: “It was great fun. For us, there was also a serious element. We are working towards becoming a B Corp company and as with everything we do, it is important that doing so makes sense and benefits us and the communities in which we live and work.
“Today was part of that. We’re probably Gloucestershire’s best kept IT secret – possibly the largest IT support provider in the county and we’re part of a special business community.
“We already work with many charities and sports clubs, but we don’t just want to sponsor and hold back. We want to be part of our community and make a difference.
“Today was about bringing people together, meeting new people from some of the incredible companies we have here in Gloucestershire. If that turns into a business now or sometime in the future, that’s great too, but today is about building relationships and making new friends.”
Companies that helped make the day so much fun included Hazlewoods, Gloucester Brewery, Hartpury College, Smart Home Sounds, Nimble Elearning, Protrack Group, RRA Architects, Fleet Electric, Wagada Digital, Willans LLP, WSP Solicitors, Vantage Free Projects, Howard Tenens, Sibling Distillery, MF Freeman Group and Gloucester Rugby.
Food for the afternoon and morning sessions was served from the club’s restaurant, Nineteen at Brickhampton.
The event follows the first-ever SoGlos Gloucestershire Shooting Day in association with Accountant Crowe, held at Ian Coley Sporting in June 2022.