INTO UEA tees off the new term with their annual Golf Day

written by Jordan Bacon, Marketing Officer, INTO UEA   There are stand out dates on everyone’s calendar, whe…

Sandy bunkers, spiked shoes and superstars!

19 Sep 2019

written by Jordan Bacon, Marketing Officer, INTO UEA

 

There are stand out dates on everyone’s calendar, whether that’s birthdays, anniversaries or bank holidays, but for staff at INTO UEA there’s always another one to add to the list – the INTO UEA Golf Day!

Since 2009 the charity Golf Day, which raises money for INTO Giving, has generated more than £27,000 to support children, young people, teachers and their communities through 34 projects in 21 countries across 5 continents. With the event celebrating its tenth year in 2019 the team behind it were determined to push their fundraising total well beyond £30,000 and ensure that even more people across the globe can benefit from the charity's work.

Ness Girling, Executive PA and Project Officer at INTO UEA is one of the key driving forces behind the success of the event and has worked on every one:

“It’s been a fantastic thing to be a part of for the last ten years, the days just seem to get better and better, though the same can’t necessarily be said for everyone’s putting! We’re lucky to have built up a dedicated core of competitors and supporters who get involved each year to ensure we can keep raising money for such a deserving charity. I’m looking forward to hearing about the projects that everyone who’s a part of the day has helped to make happen.”

This year’s Golf Day took place at the beautiful Barnham Broom Golf Club, around ten miles west of INTO UEA’s home city of Norwich. The overcast sky did little to dampen spirits as the competitors signed in and warmed up over coffee and bacon rolls, before receiving a banter-filled briefing from the man who conceived the event a decade ago - Paul Carter, Facilities Manager for INTO UEA. 

With the teams fully briefed they headed out on to the course to start their rounds, with over 10,000 steps ahead of them, across 18 holes, it was going to be a long day, thankfully Suzie and Tina were on hand on the 12th hole to offer restorative chocolate bars and gin and tonics!

After several hours of dodging rainstorms, escaping sandy bunkers and hunting for lost balls in long grass the teams began to head back into the warmth of the club house, swapping spiked-shoes for normal ones and stories of near-misses with tall tales of 40-yard putts. Once all the teams were back, refreshed and full of food, Paul got the auction underway.  With prizes such as corporate tickets to watch Norwich City play Liverpool at Carrow Road, and an original 19th century map of Norfolk up for grabs, competition was fierce - good news for the charity’s coffers!

In celebration of the anniversary event, the top twelve teams all received prizes of rounds of golf that were donated by various prestigious courses, including Chelmsford and Ufford Park, with the winners, Eastern Cash Registers taking the title from last year’s winners, Project:Group.

Paul Carter said:

2019’s Golf Day was definitely one of the best yet, reaching the ten-year milestone feels like a real achievement and I’d like to thank every single person who has been involved over the years to make the event what it is today. It’s sometimes easy to forget when you’re out on the course having fun that there’s a serious reason behind being there, but it’s great to know that you’re part of something that’s making a discernible difference to people’s live, hopefully there will be plenty more milestones to celebrate in the future.”

In total the day raised a phenomenal £7,500, with £900 coming from the raffle, £200 from fines for hitting tees and landing in the bunkers and £965 from the auction.  In addition, £600 will be winging its way to Great Yarmouth and Gorleston Young Carers in recognition of the valuable work they do in Norfolk.

Special thanks must go to main sponsors South Lincs Food Service and headline sponsors Thermatech Fire Consultants, HSBC and Sharp for their support.

2019’s Golf Day might be done and dusted but the team at INTO UEA aren’t resting on their laurels, there are lots of events planned to raise more money for INTO Giving before 2020’s event tees off!