Hole in one

Glass Times editor Nathan Bushell reflects on a successful golf day at the Royal Birkdale golf course.

Congratulations to Andy and Mandy Westhead, publishers of Glass Times, for organising a fantastic golf day at the Royal Birkdale golf course in Southport last week.

Amazingly, I managed to blag my way on to a four-ball (thank you Dave Broxton), and while it was the toughest course I’ve played, it was also a privilege.

Furthermore, in the spirit of the Glass Times Race Day, which takes place in a month’s time, the day was relaxed and informal, and proved yet again that the glass and glazing industry can operate smoothly in a convivial setting, as it can in a formal one.

Bohle’s Dave Broxton had this to say: “Royal Birkdale is justifiably regarded as one of England’s toughest tests of golf. Every hole was an adventure with the thick rough just off the fairways more suited to a machete than a wedge. Despite the wayward shots, team Bohle had a great day’s sport and the après golf featured exceptional food and wine. Networking events are the life blood of this industry and it’s always great to catch up with friends and colleagues.”

Emplas’s Ryan Johnson said: “I think it was last year that Branden Grace became the first Open Championship player to record a score of 62 in a single round. Having now played it, the fact that he did that at Royal Birkdale, makes it even more of an achievement. I’m not going to disclose my score but it was significantly higher! It was still a great day and really good opportunity to catch up with the industry.”

Early signs are that this could be the start of a regular annual feature…