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Getting it on the green

Civil engineers raised £12,000 for RedR at Hampton Court Palace Golf Club last month in the 10th anniversary of the NCE Charity Masters. Mark Hansford reports.

It’s not the Ryder Cup, but the competition was no less fierce at Hampton Court Palace Golf Club last month when around 80 civil engineering golfers took to the fairways to battle it out in the NCE Charity Masters.
Nineteen teams lined up to do battle in the 10th running of the charity tournament.

Once again disaster relief charity RedR was the benefactor. An impressive £12,000 was raised to assist the vital work being carried out by its engineers across the world.

While the charity was the big winner, there was still the matter of who would claim the Bell & Webster-sponsored Masters trophy, along with a plethora of other prizes.

Stunning scores

The competition was played, as always, as four ball stableford with the best two scores on each hole counting. Despite blustery conditions, the scores were stunning, with the winning team from Kier amassing 95 points, the second highest points haul in the Masters’ 10 year history.

Despite blustery conditions, the scores were stunning, with the winning team from Kier amassing 95 points, the second highest points haul in the Masters history

The efforts of Mike Callaghan, Danny Cristofoli, Steve Bracken and Ryan Green saw to it that another new name adorns the trophy. No team has yet successfully retained the top prize.

Previous winners include ACO Technologies, Metronet, Burges Salmon, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Sinclair Knight Merz, NCE and Match Tech. Last year’s winners Match Tech gave it their best shot, coming a creditable third with 92 points.

Well played Scott Thornton, Roger Bannard, Tim Page and Neil O’Reilly.

Second place by just one point, were Marcus Leathwood, Nick Pulford, Darren Upson and Neil Tullis of Deltek.
This year’s event also had individual entries for the first time, and Neil Smith of Mulcair claimed the individual honour with 42 points.

Stand out performance

Another stand-out individual performance came from Parsons Brinckerhoff’s Richard Evans, who took the prize for the longest drive, presented by Mace Group, and the nearest the pin prize, presented by Balfour Beatty. His drive on the Par 5 14th was a monster measured at 330 yards, and his shot into the 17th led to a simple birdie.

Four others shared the £100 2s pool, with Julian Traxler, Lee Boulton, Ian Boothroyd and Neil Smith taking £20 each.

The prizes were all handed out following a celebratory dinner, enlivened by magician Richard Young and the musings of RedR chief executive Martin McCann.

● Entries are now open for next year’s event. To book a place email



Special thanks to our competition hole sponsors
Balfour Beatty
Parsons Brinckerhoff

Other teams included
CH2M Hill
Dec UK
Mulcair Limited
New Civil Engineer

Individual entries
Chris Allen - CB Steel
Peter Blakeley
Howard Richings
Colin Wood - Plant Hire Association


● 2001 Bevan Ashford

● 2002 ACO Technologies

● 2003 Metronet

● 2004 Burges Salmon

● 2005 Parsons Brinckerhoff

● 2006 Sinclair Knight Merz

● 2007 NCE Sales

● 2008 Sinclair Knight Merz

● 2009 Matchtech

● 2010 Kier


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