HR on the green: HR Directors Golf Society Day

The competition took place at the picturesque course at Donnington Valley Golf Club in Berkshire. Set in rolling countryside, the course is a challenging 6,353 yards, par 71 from the back tees.

Although some of the holes are quite forgiving, the closing four holes are regarded as one of the toughest finishes in the country, with water featuring prominently on the 15th, 16th and 17th.

A mixture of low handicappers and willing hackers, including senior HR professionals from a range of top companies, enjoyed a light lunch before tee-off, preparing themselves for the challenge that lay ahead.

Not an easy game

Anthony Surley, group talent manager at outsourcing provider EMCOR, says the task was made more difficult when the heavens opened after an hour of play.

“The downpour continued for a good hour, making play interesting, clothing wet and umbrellas in plenty of use,” he says.

Several hours later, tired but happy, the competitors made their way back to the 19th hole for re­­freshments, a networking dinner and the prize-giving ceremony.

  • If you are a senior HR professional and would like to join the HR Directors Golf Society, e-mail with your name, job title, company and handicap. We will keep you updated about all forthcoming events.

The winners

Individual results

1 Tony Rees, head of HR, Freeways Trust

2 Jon Ward, director, people and organisational development, Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman

3 Steve Corrin, director, Baker Tilly Tax & Advisory Services

Winner of Nearest the Pin

Mike Willmott, head of HR, EDF Energy

Winner of Longest Drive

Jonathan Legdon, business development director, NorthgateArinso.

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