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Incentive FM Team Challenge - Gleneagles 2013

The first on The King's Course at Gleneagles

The 1st hole on The King's Course at Gleneagles

This years group of property professionals saw the welcome return of John Albany-Ward from Munroe K to the fold. Gary Yardley was missed as he was away in Hong Kong and also missed out was Mark Stupples from Jones Lang LaSalle who had to pull out at short notice for urgent dental treatment - at least the bunkers didn't take such a beating this year!

Our other tourists were John Prestwich of CBRE, last years trophy winner, Kevin Sensier of Cushman and Wakefield, previous winner Nick Lees of Jones Lang LaSalle, Craig Pickard, Bill Pollard and Jeremy Waud from Incentive FM Group.

Craig took up the mantle as book maker and we had a creative and entertaining sweep, the Yardley Auction and a book as well. On this basis there was plenty of opportunity to win even when you are losing - a helpful plan as it turned out!

Day one honours on the beautiful Kings Course were taken by the ever consistent Nick Lees with 32 points; second spot went to Craig Pickard who turned in a solid performance of 31 points on his first playing of this challenging UK top 100 course created by James Braid. Jeremy continued his run of substandard golf from the weekend with a miserly 25 stableford points - 36 being the number we all strive to match or exceed on a good day of course.

The evening in typical dappled Scottish sunshine heralded the long awaited wine tasting, with all attendees looking forward to unveiling their special wines for the delight and delectation of their fellow tourists.

A fun filled evening in the Strathearn restaurant in the hotel followed the wine tasting and we also managed a moonlight putting session that was won both left and right handed by Nick 'eagle eye' Lees who had obviously finished his carrots at dinner.

Breakfast was a very Canadian affair, courtesy of head chef, Craig Pickard. The form of most players improved slightly overnight, John Prestwich recorded a sound 31 points and to everyone’s surprise, Jeremy Waud eventually stepped up a few gears and turned in a one over par 42 stableford points score to win the Queens round. Very solid performances from John Albany-Ward and Bill Pollard bagged joint second spot with 35 points.

Our second client group was hosted by Martin Reed, Bruce McDonnell and Glenn Wilson. This group managed a round at Auchterarder next door to Gleneagles, before rounds on the Queens and PGA courses. Rather than a wine tasting on Wednesday this group enjoyed a beer tasting followed by a curry in Auchteraders finest Punjabi restaurant.

Among our clients attending this year were Malcolm Angus of Jones Lang who was the groups most consistent player who carded a 37 point score on the Incentive Challenge Cup day on the Queens course. A newcomer to the party was Tony Van der Vliet from St Stephens Shopping Centre which is managed by Munroe K. Tony, playing off a handicap of 28, managed a classy birdie on the 13th of the Queens course – one to treasure! Glenn Wilson, who was the groups lowest handicap golfer on 5, had a bit of an off day and over dinner was rechristened ‘Wilson of the pond’

The Incentive Challenge Cup is awarded to a member of staff or client recording the best score on the Queens course. In Martin Reed’s group at the end of the week the top scorer was Malcolm Angus with an impressive 37 points, however the Trophy this year goes back into Incentive FM hands after Jeremy’s 42 point haul.