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11/Sep/2012
The UKs biggest Golf Day goes off with a bang again!

Raising money for local charities - Children Challenge Industry, Zoe’s Place & Butterwick Hospice

Thursday 6th September – De Vere Slaley Hall, Northumberland. 180 Golfers all teeing off at the same time on the two courses at DeVere Slaley Hall represents the UK’s biggest corporate Golf Event, which is held annually by the North East Process Industry Cluster - NEPIC.

The Golf Tournament, for teams of four, which is sponsored by Sembcorp Utilities not only allows for networking to take place but has also raised vital funds for three local  charities educational programme Children Challenging Industry, Middlesbrough based baby hospice Zoe’s Place & Butterwick Hospice.

NEPIC works with local industry to raise funds in support of the Children Challenging Industry programme on Teesside – a project which is aimed at teachers and children in UK primary schools and encourages the use of an industrial context to enhance pupils' work in Scientific Enquiry.

Zoe’s Place is one of Sembcorp Utilities UK’s nominated charities. Two Sembcorp employees, Chris Plews and Ian Glover, are running a 155-mile extreme marathon across the Kalahari Desert in South Africa over seven days in October and November to raise £20,000 to support Zoe’s Place and Sembcorp’s other nominated charity, the Butterwick Hospice at Stockton.

KDC Group were crowned overall winners on the day winning with 80 points on the Hunting Course, with Western Union taking first place on the Priestman Course scoring 78 points. Each of the team’s four players picked up a satellite course ranger and a fantastic Lucite sponsored acrylic trophy made from material manufactured by the industry on Teesside. KDC also received the NEPIC Claret Jug as the 2012 NEPIC Champions.

The day also contained many other interesting side shows. Golfers were entertained throughout by International Trick Shot Star, David Edwards, whom once again helped the golfers warm up for the competition with his amazing trick shot show sponsored by Aesica Pharmaceuticals. There was also the chance to win a car on the ‘hole-in-one’ challenge, along with nearest to pin, longest drive and putting competitions taking place.

Stan Higgins NEPIC CEO said “NEPICs Golf Day has become a huge event on the golfing calendar with most players reporting that they never get the chance to play in such a well produced and supported event.

This success is down to our event sponsors Sembcorp and those sponsoring the great side shows and activities; such as Aesica, ABB, KDC, Siemens, Silverdell, Lucite, Lockton, Northumbrian Water and Utility Wise.

“Only with such backing and encouragement can we hold simply the best corporate golf day in the UK here in the Northeast and raise money for fantastic local charities.  The icing on the cake would be for someone to hole out in one and win the car – next year perhaps!!”

Photo caption: 2012 NEPIC Golf day Winners KDC Group (L to R: Stephen Handy, Nigel Jenkins, Tony Dartnell & Paul Atkinson)

EVENT WINNERS:

Hunting Course
1st Place & NEPIC Champions 2012: KDC Group, Manchester (80 points)
2nd Place: Simpson & Coulson, Teesside (79 points)
3rd Place: Aesica Pharmaceuticals, Cramlington (78 points)
Nearest the Pin: Steve McGee
Longest Drive: Alan Archer

Priestman Course
1st Place: Western Union, London (78 points)
2nd Place: Chemoxy, Middlesbrough (77 points)
3rd Place: GEM Partnership, Peterlee (76 points)
Nearest the Pin: Sid Snell NEPIC
Longest Drive: Paul Butler NEPIC

Nearest Pin Golf Simulator Winner: Mark Hilditch
Putting Competition Winner: Steve Hardy

ENDS//

Notes to Editor:
NEPIC, the North East Process Industry Cluster, represents over 500 chemical, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, Energy and Renewables businesses and their support companies across the North East of England.
These companies generate in excess of £10bn of sales and are 30% of the regions industrial base, employing about 35,000 people directly and impacting on a further 200,000 supply chain jobs. The Cluster organisation coordinates approximately £5m of activity each year for the industry in the region and has brought £1 billion in Gross Value Added value to the UK economy through its work and assistance. www.nepic.co.uk.
For more information please contact Louise Gwynne-Jones, Cluster Marketing & PR Officer on Tel: 01642 442569 or e-mail louise.gwynne-jones@nepic.co.uk