TRENTHAM Golf Club’s pristine 18-hole course played host to Stoke City’s annual Golf Day on Wednesday afternoon as ‘BK Industrial’ claimed the coveted crown for a third successive occasion.
The locally-based cleaning products supplier were represented by Kenny Lawton, Ryan Kenny, John Livesley and Ian Pollendine and managed to edge ‘Leons Coach Travel’ to the title by the narrowest of margins.
The two teams ended the day locked on 89 stableford points each, but ‘BK Industrial’, the victors of the event in both 2015 and 2016, claimed the silverware on countback, courtesy of netting three more points than their nearest rivals over the final nine holes.
Total Motion took third spot having accumulated an impressive final tally of 86 points, just three adrift of ‘BK Industrial’ and ‘Leons Coach Travel’.
It proved to be an even more triumphant afternoon for Ian Pollendine from ‘BK Industrial’ after he was named as the competitions’ highest scoring individual player, racking up a hugely impressive 40 points over the course of the day.
The other major accolades went to Keith Ferneyhough, whose 300-yard drive on the 18th was enough to claim him the ‘Longest Drive’, whilst Robert Bagnell, from ‘Brown & McFarlane’ won the ‘Nearest the Pin’ shoot-out after landing just a few feet away from the target on the par three 12th.
Chief Executive Tony Scholes, manager Mark Hughes and England international Jack Butland were all in attendance, but failed to upstage any of the Club’s major sponsors at the event as attentions temporarily turned away from this weekend’s Premier League encounter with Swansea City.
Hughes did however shoot an impressive round of 83, just four adrift of breaking 80 for the second time in his life, whilst Butland agonisingly missed out on the ‘Longest Drive’ after his thumping drive evaded the fairway and landed in the rough.
It still proved to be a hugely enjoyable afternoon for the pair though, with Hughes himself giving the annual event a glowing endorsement.
“I have to say we enjoy coming down to Trentham Golf Club every year for the Golf Day. There has been a relationship between the golf club and Stoke City for many years I believe so it’s good to keep that going.
“I was reasonably pleased with how I played, I have to say. I’ve played a little bit more golf this year with my lad Curtis, and as they say, if you practice a bit then you become better and I was today.
“It was nice out on the course this afternoon - there was no rain and not much wind thankfully and everyone seemed to enjoy it.”