Michael Marshall Memorial Golf Day at Royal Liverpool Golf Club
IPS MARINE FABRICATIONS TRIUMPH AGAIN AS ‘THE BRUNNY’ ENJOYS A DAY’S GOLF ON THE OPEN LINKS AT ROYAL LIVERPOOL GOLF CLUB
The Michael Marshall Memorial Golf Day, in aid of The Brunswick Youth & Community Centre, Bootle, enjoyed its thirteenth successful visit to Royal Liverpool Golf Club on 26th September 2014.
Offering one of the few opportunities to play the famous Hoylake links for non-members, the thirteenth running of the event since its inauguration in 2002, saw 19 teams play the course as it was when the world’s best golfers battled for the Claret Jug at the 143rd Open Championship in July.
Despite warm, mostly sunny and relatively calm conditions, the Royal Liverpool course provided a stiff test for the teams, with the rough particularly challenging. The field of 19 teams was drawn from the business and private community throughout the North and all enjoyed an excellent day’s golf. The 76 golfers declared themselves satisfied at the end of their round, particularly Steve Penman from the Seaking Electrical team, who had a hole in one at the 15th!
The competition for The Michael Marshall Memorial Golf Day trophy was followed by a gala prize-giving dinner in the famous clubroom, where John Syvret, Chief Executive of the event main sponsors, Cammell Laird, presented the prizes.
John Syvret, Chief Executive of Cammell Laird said, “Once again we had an excellent day on the Hoylake links and an excellent evening in the historic clubhouse. We are proud to support the Michael Marshall Memorial Golf Day, in aid of The Brunswick Youth & Community Centre as Main Sponsor. Cammell Laird has been involved in sponsoring this event since its inception in 2002, and each year the event has raised valuable funds to help the club achieve its aims of helping the under privileged children of Bootle and the surrounding area, and the wider community.”
The competition for The Michael Marshall Memorial Golf Day trophy was tight, with the top 4 teams separated by only 4 points trophy and was won for the second year running by a team from IPS Marine Fabrications, this year Team 2. Amongst the golfers enjoying the day was Philly Carragher, father of famous Brunny old boy and Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher. Philly was delighted to play the famous Hoylake links again. A keen supporter of the Brunny, he commented, “it’s great to enjoy such a fantastic day’s golf and support such an excellent organisation as the Brunny at the same time.”
Philly and his team colleagues are already looking forward to next year’s event, which is scheduled for Friday 18th September 2015, again at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake.
In the current climate of reduced funding support from the public sector, the golf day this year has raised much needed funding for the Brunny, and over its 13 year history has raised well over £135,000 for The Brunswick Youth & Community Centre.
It is 67 years since the club opened its doors, following its conception in the Oflag 79 Prisoner of War camp in Brunswick, Germany during World War 2. It continues to face the challenge of providing the under privileged of Bootle with focus, facilities and guidance towards future achievement.
The particular on-going focus of the club is the transformation of land at the rear of the club into a Community Garden, with areas for young people and members of the community to tend the garden and grow vegetables, as well as promoting services to the wider community. This is proving to be very successful, with future developments including the refurbishment of and creation of new workshop facilities to provide training and growing areas.
Sport is an especially important aspect of the club’s activities and Jamie Carragher, the leading Liverpool FC and England footballer is an ex-member. Jamie is a committed and enthusiastic supporter of ‘The Brunny’ as the club is affectionately known, visiting the club on a regular basis, supporting its activities and providing items to be auctioned for the golf day, which have raised valuable funds.
The event is enthusiastically sponsored by Cammell Laird Limited, who as Northwestern Shiprepairers Limited has been the event’s sponsor since its inception in 2002. The fourteenth Michael Marshall Memorial Golf Day is scheduled to be played on Friday 18th September 2015. We already have commitment for over half the team places available. Those interested in taking part or supporting the event should contact Brian Roberts at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07887 678160 in the first instance.
1. Photograph of the 2014 winners IPS Marine Fabrication Team 2, receiving the Brunswick Trophy, from John Syvret, Chief Executive, Cammell Laird Limited. Left to right: Tony Miley, Steve Turpin, John Syvret, Peter Hillan, Jon Payne.
2. Photograph of Steve Penman, Seaking Electrical, receiving a special prize to commemorate his hole in one at the 15th, John Syvret, Chief Executive, Cammell Laird Limited.