A sunny day at Sunningdale

WITH the sun shining so marvellously on Wednesday, what better day could have arisen to bunk off work, in order to dodge some bunkers, on the green fairways of Sunningdale golf club in Berkshire. City and celebrity players alike turned out in their plus fours for the 15th Tullow Oil charity golf day.


Besides the enjoyable “I’m on a golf course – not deskbound – haha” bragging rights, players were there to raise money for the annual event’s beneficiary charity, CLIC Sargent.

In total over £168,000 was raised for the charity, which provides support for cancer sufferers and their families.

Rugby player Nick Easter, who was playing with Stephen Bristow from Citi, said: “I had a fantastic day but unfortunately my team probably had the record for the highest amount of non-scoring holes, the record for the shortest drive, and the record for furthest from the pin.”

Sir Steve Redgrave’s team led the celebrity pack finishing the round one under par, and his group also won the overall team competition.

Ian Springett, chief financial officer of Tullow Oil, was left dazzled by Redgrave’s sporting prowess, afterwards commenting: “Steve is not only an excellent rower but an excellent putter as well.”

However Jeff Knight, chief executive of Knight Security, had a little more trouble with his golfing partner: “Playing with Kenny Dalglish was amazing but we could have done with an interpreter at times to understand his golfing advice – that’s why we missed so many putts.”