2014 - Royal Liverpool

A return to Royal Liverpool Golf Club where the idea to follow in The Open Champion’s footsteps was first conceived in 2006.

Day one of the two day tournament took the participants to arguably England’s finest golf course – Royal Birkdale. Sweltering temperatures and a stiff breeze greeted the guests as they arrived from all over Britain and Europe. Two weeks earlier the Women’s British Open had been played on this famous stretch of coastline leaving the course presented in immaculate condition.

A delightfully warm summer evening rounded off the opening day perfectly as guests enjoyed countless cold beers and a delicious BBQ as the sunset over the River Mersey from the Malmaison patio.

In the Individual competition, Dan Thompson (12), captain of the team from Tullett Prebon held the overnight lead with a fantastic score of 37 points, one ahead of Keith Rodgers (10) and Andrew Harriman (20). Dan sadly faded on day two following a long night enjoying the local beverages and culture!

Leaders overnight in the Team competition were award winning Mechanical & Electrical Contractors – PIP who benefited from engaging local caddies to guide them round the tricky conditions to card 88 points in the best Two from Four stableford format.

A delightfully warm summer evening rounded off the opening day perfectly as guests enjoyed countless cold beers and a delicious BBQ as the sunset over the River Mersey from the Malmaison patio.

So to Hoylake, where just five days before Rory McIlroy had impressively captured the Claret Jug at the historic Royal Liverpool Golf Club. First up, Jenahura clients were treated to a short game masterclass by the extremely talented and very likable English star Tommy Fleetwood who narrowly missed the cut the week before. Tommy was unlucky to be on the “wrong” side of The Open draw in his first major championship but nonetheless was in excellent spirits. The local lad demonstrated an impressive array of shots that competitors would need on the links, including how to escape from the infamous deep bunkers and judgement of speed on the sizable Hoylake greens. A delightful way to start the day and it certainly increased the excitement levels for all the guests.

A light lunch and some essential fluids were taken before competitors headed to the first tee. There, with grandstands casting shadows over the hallowed turf and the memories of The Open still fresh in the minds. players were greeted by starter “Jimmy” and their local caddies. The weather was perfect – warm and sunny with a light breeze, a golf course in pristine condition and to add to the drama, final day pin positions fluttering in wind. The scene was set for Ross Snape to strike the opening blow of Day Two.

A wonderful days golf unraveled for everyone who was privileged to be invited. Bar none, it was a day to remember and so many stories to tell – just ask Brett Tonkyn about the 18th! Playing well was a bonus but in truth no one was overly bothered with their score. The opportunity to walk in the footsteps of the world’s greatest players just days after The Open was enough of a thrill. That said, there was a competition taking place and to add to the fun, scoring was provided by Golf GameBook – the superb online App which enabled everyone to see their place on the leaderboard and interact through social media. In addition, a superb prize table was assembled courtesy of Jenahura partners: The Left Shoe Company, GTO London and Naked Wines.

In the end, both competitions came down to the wire. A fantastic closing few holes by Sandy Case (6) playing in his first Jenahura Open pipped Morgan Cooley (18) by just a single point in the individual event. Sandy followed up a creditable 32 points at Royal Birkdale with the round of his life, carding 37 points at Royal Liverpool including a crucial birdie on the 16th as he battled for the lead. Sandy walked away with a magnum of Goutorbe Bouillot Champagne, a pair of custom-made shoes courtesy of the Left Shoe Company and a piece of Open championship memorabilia personalised signed by Tommy Fleetwood. Sandy graciously accepted the prize and was particularly generous with his praise as he described the event as beautifully organised and an absolute pleasure to be invited.

Sandy also returned to the prize table in the team event as his team (Boot Camp Pilates, BCP for short!), captained by Elliot Lake (6) with significant contributions from Seb Pearce (13) and Brett Tonkyn (18) grabbed top spot from Tullett Prebon and PIP with a fantastic closing nine holes to finish on 172 points (87+85) over the two days.

With over £2,000 worth of prizes handed out, thank you’s, speeches and a sumptuous gala dinner complete it was time to welcome back Tommy Fleetwood who took centre stage and candidly answered a whole range of questions from guests and provided a fascinating insight into life as a tournament professional and some of the, lets say “personalities” on Tour! A truly memorable day concluded in fine style.

Final Results

Click here for a full breakdown of the scores courtesy of Golf GameBook

Individual

Sandy Case (6) 32 + 37 = 69 points (pictured right)
Morgan Cooley (18) 31 + 37 = 68
Keith Rodgers (10) 36 + 29 = 65

Team

BCP 87 + 85 = 172 points
Tullett Prebon 84 + 85 = 169
PIP 88 + 80 = 168

Client comments

“I just want to say thanks very much for inviting me to attend such a fantastic and exceptional golf trip. I am at a loss for words to describe what a great time I had.”Andrew Santone (National Australia Bank)

“Brilliant Event! Looking at where the Pro’s tee from, Rory could’ve given me 72 shots and would’ve still beaten me easily. Playing the course in these conditions makes you realise just how good the top players are.”
Steve Brewer (PIP)

“Fantastic couple of days. My clients had an incredible time. Thank you”
Dan Thompson (Tullett Prebon)

“I don’t know how you do it! Every year gets better and better, thank you and well done!”
Allan Andrews (LJJ)