The 12th Annual Retra Scotland Golf Day took place last week, despite a week of torrential rain beforehand; however, the sun turned out and a fun day was had by all.
Ian MacDonald, Retra Business Consultant, recounts the day:
The signs were not looking good for the Golf Day at Crieff Golf Club. On the day, at 8.00am, it was still wet, but by 10.30am when the morning round started it had cleared up. By 1.00pm, when the afternoon round started, we were bathed in beautiful sunshine.
If you are a “fair weather golfer” the Retra Scotland Golf Day is turning out to be the place to go.
Having travelled from as far afield as Thurso in the very north of Scotland to Downham Market, Liverpool and Preston in the south, and with handicaps ranging from five to 28, enjoyment was very much the order of the day.
After the traditional coffee and bacon butties, the day started with a morning “warm-up” Texas Scramble over the nine-hole James Braid designed Dornock Course. This testing course was actually part of the original 18-hole course. Those who were playing the “wee course” for the first time were surprised at just how good a test of golf it is.
After an excellent lunch, it was then on to the Ferntower Championship Course for 18 holes and the day was concluded with dinner and a very lively prize giving.
Everyone who attended took home a prize, whether it be for the morning Texas Scramble, Individual, Team, nearest the pin, “yellow ball” which was blue this year? or for longest drives.
The main prize-winner, playing off a handicap of 11, was Alan Godfrey from the Colin Chessor Team from Thurso. The Team event also went to the Colin Chessor team.
The morning Texas Scramble was won by the “well Kent” Frank Craig and his team, and didn’t he just let us all know about it!
As this had been not only a great golfing day but very much a fun day, the participants all agreed that Crieff would again be the venue next year, and Thursday the 4 June 2020 has already been booked.
As these events are organised by Retra Scotland, they have to be self-funding.
The organisers would therefore like to thank all of our 2019 sponsors. Without them donating the prizes we could not hope to keep the entry fees as low as we do.
They were: Doro, Morphy Richards, Roberts Radio, Sennheiser, Stackhouse Poland, Techlink, Wilkinson Cameras and Yamaha.
Those attending were encouraged to mention how appreciative we were when speaking to these suppliers.