On Friday 6 October, the Bayleys Commercial and Industrial team held our inaugural Charity Golf Tournament, and we were fortunate and proud to be able to donate over $30,000 to the Christchurch City Mission’s Back to School programme.
At a company level, Bayleys Canterbury is a major supporter of the Christchurch City Mission. We support two of their programmes – their foodbank and their Back to School programme. This initiative provides whānau with stationery packs, school uniforms and shoes so that their tamariki can start school and feel confident alongside their peers. The long-term vision for the Commercial and Industrial team is two-fold – raise substantial sums to support The Christchurch City Mission but also establish this golf day as an annual event, allowing us to connect with our valued clients.
Planning of the event commenced back in May of this year and involved the entire Commercial and Industrial team in one way, shape or form. Our team really pulled together to authentically demonstrate the “Altogether Better” ethos of the Bayleys brand. The team sourced or donated auction items, asked their clients to play in the tournament, cooked on the BBQ, supervised hole activations and photographed the day.
William Wallace, GM of Commercial across the South Island was MC for the day and, together with Rachel Dovey, our Director of Agency across Canterbury & Wānaka, was very busy delivering drinks to our thirsty competitors.
The Christchurch Golf Club was the wonderful setting for the tournament – we had 26 teams (just over 100 people) take to the greens to tee off at midday with a shotgun start. A fresh easterly kept the pace on the teams, and it meant that the timings of the day were easily adhered to. In addition to the high standard of golf, there were activities on several holes which provided much fun and laughter.
Winners of each activation were as follows:
Thanks to our main sponsors – we are very appreciative of their support and generosity of time and goods to support us on the day.
A wonderful lunch was cooked on the BBQ by our experienced chefs (and C&I brokers) – Sam Stone, Graeme Donaldson, Michael Girgis and Ben Hassall. These guys ensured the golfers were well fed on burgers during registration followed by a good old fashioned sausage sizzle. This was delivered around the course by Sharn Krammer and Shannon Middlemiss. With the meat generously donated by Hellers, the Bayleys BBQ definitely got a workout.
The Ambrose playing system meant that the score of the top three teams was super close, with only 1.75 points separating first from third. Congratulations to our clients (and guests on the day) from the Handsome Group and the Wolfbrook Property Group for their third and first placings. For our Bayleys Residential team, the Back 9 Bandits (Kane Cooper, Ross Cooper, Shaun Creek and Liam Worsfold), a heartbreaking 0.25 of a point placed them second behind the talented team from Wolfbook.
1st Wolfbrook Property Group 51.25
2nd Back 9 Bandits 51.50
3rd Handsome Group 53
Commiserations to the Piss Poor Putters for coming in last – this team was comprised of some of our senior leaders, Pete Whalan, Glenn Harris, Campbell Taylor and Blair Young.