Leigh Centurions Golf Day Hailed A Huge Success

NEIL Bassett’s own unique brand of golfing all sorts has again put more sweet goodies in his bag!

The big fellow and his Evans Halshaw team-mates topped the leaderboard at the Leigh Centurions’ annual corporate Golf Day to secure back to back wins.

Bassett’s trademark bold bid for a successful title defence paid off.

Leigh Centurions’ Australian half back Drew Hutchison, a sporty all-rounder, was recruited on Tuesday by captain Bassett.

This paid dividends.

Drew quickly his mark on what was a highly successful event played in sweltering heat at the magnificently manicured Houghwood course.

Not only was he part of the winning fourball, he also scooped an individual prize for being nearest the pin on the tough par three signature 16th hole.

Drew played some great golf and relished involvement in the all-action pre-tournament trick shot show that again had on-lookers gasping at Rob Brown’s amazing array of golfing skills.

It was certainly an eventful day for Bassett’s victorious crew.

The skipper naturally maximised the crammed contents of the drinks buggy kindly sponsored by Steve Cooper of Magnum Furniture and enjoyed the plentiful liquid refreshment provided for it by two well-known local landlords – Peter Taylor and Phil Todoric.

One distraught team member thought he had lost his wallet and car keys at one stage – fortunately these were retrieved.

Not even this minor mid-round blip in the baking sun though could stop the local car dealer and his sun-tanned chums driving to a repeat crowning.

Evans Halshaw pushed a quality JR’s Taxis Team Three into second spot.

These guys played well and possibly did enough to win but the spoils went to Evans Halshaw.

Former European Tour player Simon Edwards was the day’s special guest.

Simon who travelled from Windermere greeted and spoke to players on arrival ahead of overseeing a clinic on the range before the afternoon shotgun start.

Simon said: “This was a top-class event and I was very honoured at being asked to contribute.

“It was great meeting so many fine people who clearly enjoy their association with the Leigh Centurions Club.

“I would love to come back and do the same next year because it’s a quality day with quality people.

“The course and everything about the whole day was superb.”

Anthony Woodcock representing Daniel Halliwell’s 247 Technology team landed a five-star golfing getaway prize courtesy of Leigh Centurions’ official travel partner Daniel Dobranski who was on hand to present the award.

Benn Cottrell of Fastflow Energy again set the trend in the fashion stakes to be the best dressed competitor for the second year running.

Benn played alongside dad Tony, the former Leigh RL legend, and other family members who greatly enjoy their golf.

PGA professionals Nick Grime and Tom Barker worked alongside Simon Edwards at the morning clinic.

They then partnered Leigh Centurions’ stars Daniel Mortimer and Peter Mata’utia.

Ben Reynolds was another Leigh Centurions’ player who enjoyed the day and played well alongside his sponsor Phil Donoghue of Cloud 4 Computers.

Ben hit some great shots and finished with a spectacular chip in at his final hole.

Volunteer helpers Dave and Amanda Rothwell followed Edwards’ group, taking in the magnificent views while enjoying watching some quality golf.

They toured the rolling landscape in a buggy and also enjoyed the company of some well-known figures from the local business fraternity including Richard Waterfield, Brian Daniels, Martin McCaul, Dave Rowland, Andrew Stockton, Chris Plimley and Adam Balmer.

Visiting professional Nick Grime also had a memorable day.

The father and son pairing of Mike and Chris Travers had no chance of beating the pro on the second tee challenge as Nick duly despatched a spectacular hole in one.

Jubilant mid afternoon celebrations inevitably followed Nick’s ace.

The evening barbecue was sponsored by Bents Home and Garden.

Golfers and guests were also treated to an interesting and well received Q and A session hosted by Leigh Centurions’ Chairman Mike Latham and featuring the legendary Micky Higham, former Wigan Athletic footballer Barry Knowles and highly rated local professional boxing star Adam Ridge and his trainer Damian Jones.

Garry Schofield OBE was a guest of Commercial Director Jason Huyton and the former Leeds and GB star addressed the evening guests and predicted that the Centurions could win next week’s eagerly awaited Ladbrokes Challenge Quarter-Final tie against the Rhinos.

Leigh Centurions’ Business Development Manager Neil Barker said: “So many fine people contributed to what was a superb day. Hats off to Peter Turner the Houghwood owner and his team for the wonderful hospitality and superb condition of the course.

“Everyone seemed to have a great time – the weather was perfect.

“It was pleasing to see so many who offer wonderful support to the Club savouring the occasion.

“The trick shot show never loses any of its appeal while Simon Edwards and the other two professionals were brilliant with sponsors and guests.

“It was also so good seeing our players involved and to oversee such a strong corporate presence – this could not have been stronger with major sponsors out in force.”

Thanks go to the following companies and individuals for their support and sponsorship of the 2018 Leigh Centurions’ Golf Day

  • Martin Wild (Callaway Golf UK),
  • Trevor Lloyd (Orford Investment),
  • Bent’s Garden and Home,
  • Ratcliffe’s Sports and Cycle Store,
  • Peter Allan (Ashton in Makerfield Golf Club),
  • Ben Squires (Royal Lytham and St Annes Golf Club),
  • Peter Taylor,
  • Phil Todoric,
  • Jason Huyton (Palatine Paints),
  • Daniel Dobranski (Not Just Travel),
  • Steve Cooper (Magnum Furniture),
  • Kukri Sports,
  • Regency Glass,
  • Alex Adshead (Chassis and Cab),
  • Sign-Tech of Bolton,
  • Dave Rowland (JR’s Taxis),
  • Paul Dickenson (Houghwood Golf),
  • David Fearnley (Tru-Fit Golf),
  • Jason Poole (Sign Digital Print),
  • Collins and Darwell.

Photos courtesy of Missing Pixel Photography

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