The National Golf Day proved to be another hole-in-one as Cabinet Maker putts the details of last month’s event.

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Like any sports tournament that graces the calendar, preparation is key to success. Whether it comes in the form of a strict diet programme, or perhaps plenty of training combined with rest – or even furthermore, detailed video analysis of the game that awaits. As professional athletes go, those three ingredients often bode well to performance, but who says amateurs can’t adjust to a pro’s lifestyle once in a while?

Earlier this year saw a host of makeshift football teams from across the furnishing industry come together to take part in the coveted Sealy Cup, whereas last month saw the gathering of furniture industry professionals trying their arms at golf in the Furniture Makers’ charity National Golf Day. Despite Cabinet Maker not taking part this year, we were quick to sponsor the event - which has become a firm favourite in the furniture diary. And if we here at Cabinet Maker did take part, two words spring to mind that would only describe our performance as a golfing novice and as good as one of Adam Sandler’s characters – Happy Gilmore. You can already tell what video analysis we’ve watched.

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That being said, the golf tournament on everyone’s lips more recently is of course the outcome of the Ryder Cup, where Europe lost out to a dominant USA side that won four sessions out of five earlier this month. This meant that Rory McIlroy wasn’t available to attend the more important golf fixture of the year, but seeing as he suffered defeat, we’ll let him off. Those who did dust off the nine irons, packed up the putters and rummaged for the spare tees and balls were in for a treat as the National Golf Day, organised by the dedicated furniture industry charity, The Furniture Makers’ Company, raised £5,000.

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Around 70 furniture industry figures participated in the event, which took place on 28 September 2016 at the word-renowned Oxfordshire Golf Club. The players and teams started the day fuelling up with their own strict diet of bacon rolls and coffee, before swapping shoes for spikes and entering the field of battle, consisting of an 18 hole Stableford competition with a shotgun start. The day was filled with some glorious golf, with players showing off their skills in what was an enjoyable spectacle. I think it would’ve been more likely to see an eagle putt a hole-in-one than it would for Cabinet Maker to achieve an eagle, we’ll stick to the bogey’s, or better still, writing about it.

As the day came to end, players were invited to a two-course lunch and of course the highly anticipated prize giving ceremony, alongside a charity raffle – with prizes that were kindly donated by a whole host of organisations in support of the event.

“A terrific and first class networking event”

Such companies that sponsored the event or donated a prize included Alfrank, Ashwood Designs, Baker Furniture, Cabinet Maker, Celebrity Motion Furniture, Classic Furniture, Collins and Hayes, Corndell, Furmanac, Furniture Link, Furniture Origins, Global Furniture Alliance, Himolla, HTL, Hypnos, Land of Beds, Primavera, RHG Insurance Brokers, Swan, TCH Furniture, Turner Bianca, Tetrad and Unique Living Furniture, which The Furniture Makers’ Company were very grateful for, as Ben Burbidge, Master of The Furniture Makers’ Company, said: “The National Golf Day has traditionally been among the highlights of our calendar of fundraising events and we’re delighted to have taken it to Oxfordshire Golf Club. I’d like to thank organiser Peter Mallinson for his hard work in making sure the event was a tremendous success as well as our platinum sponsors Hypnos and Swan for their generosity.”

Now onto the winners. There were a variety of different categories with the top two awards going to team KI and Gary Rose, from KI, who won the Best Team and Best Individual accolades respectively. Kaymed Beds took the runner up spot in the Best Team category, but had reason to celebrate further after being named as Best Manufacturer/Supplier and coming first in the Nearest the Pin prize thanks to Terry Bridger and Paul Callaghan respectively. The Best Retailer went to Dominic Reynolds from Reynolds Bognor Regis, whilst Roy Barber picked up the Best Guest award. The Longest Drive award went to Carl Puxley from Handy Ltd - hopefully not causing too many divots along the way!

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As mentioned above, the day was a roaring success and raised a total of £5,000 for the furniture industry charity, as organiser Peter Mallinson, Merchandise Director (home) at AIS, concluded, said: “As well as raising money for the industry’s only dedicated charity, the golf day has always been a terrific event and first class networking opportunity for people working right across the furnishings sector.

“I’d like to thank everyone who attended this year’s event, which proved to be a great day of golf and networking with industry colleagues and friends.”

Congratulations to all involved from the Cabinet Maker team and we look forward to next year’s instalment, by which time we may have improved our own golfing skills. Time to watch The Tiger Woods Story.

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