It was Friday afternoon, the sun was shining, the grass was fresh, it was green all around us. In the background, at regular time intervals, the sound of the crispy struck iron shots could be heard.
Golf enthusiasts gathered on the 9th of September on the green of SunGarden Golf & Spa Resort to play golf within the First Annual Inter-Company Golf Challenge 2016. Accesa was represented at its best by three teams. Competing against other teams from local companies, our colleagues succeeded in winning the first and the second place.
First steps towards becoming golfers
Golf enthusiasts from Cluj-Napoca gathered on the 9th of September at SunGarden Golf & Spa Resort to prove their new gained skills on the golf fields. Vince Kelly, a golf professional teaching golf to all levels since 1979, was their trainer. During this whole summer, participants got familiar with golf rules and etiquette, learning how to hold the putter, how to score a hole and most importantly, how to hit the ball.
Ten teams representing local companies decided to take the 9-hole challenge. Being the main sponsor of the event, Accesa supported their ambition, by offering them a “Golf Champion’s Snack Pack” with refreshments to be used during the 4-hour challenge.
Team scrambled on the road to victory
Teamwork was one of the main components of the game since every player had his own input during the scrambled tournament. This means that every team member teed off on each hole and the best tee shot was selected each time so that players could play their second shot from that spot.
The game wasn’t the easiest since the sporty course truly embraced the offerings of the land and the holes were very diverse in style and setting. Requiring good aiming techniques, many holes represented quite an intrigue for the game of the “golf newbies”. Precise shots and adjustment capabilities were required in order to putt the ball with as few shots as possible.
The three Accesa teams were accompanied by supporters wanting to encourage their play. The company’s strong orientation towards teamwork was very evident since every shot was stroke after a careful analysis of the situation by all team members. But even if so, no one forgot to have fun, enjoying the company of his colleagues in the beautiful Cluj countryside.
And this year’s winner is…
The end of the game was followed by a relaxing networking session during which Vince Kelly announced the champions. The Accesa teams won the first and the second place of the First Annual Inter-Company Challenge and enjoyed the applause of all participating teams.
A short putting challenge encouraged the new golf enthusiasts’ will for philanthropy. All gathered donations were given to the “Little People” Association – number 1 children’s cancer charity in Romania.
Photo picturing the Accesa team which won the second place at the tournament
“The Inter-Company Golf Challenge is a sportive and fun golf event suited for those who are eager to learn the basics necessary to play golf. This sport is a good way to enjoy life, get away from the crowded city and take time to release the mind. It is a fantastic blend of a challenging, intelligent activity and the benefits of nature. We all hope this event will raise awareness about the beauty of this game and people will gather next time in an even greater number.” said Vince Kelly.
“I think the whole challenge was a great success. The environment at SunGarden Golf & Spa Resort was fabulous and the weather was fantastic. Although golf might not yet be so popular in Cluj, I hope that the event will be established on a yearly basis with growing interest and success in the coming years. The idea is to have fun and spend some quality time with people from your work.” explained Thomas Tillmann, one of the group members of the winner- team.
Once again, Accesa turned “I think I can” into “I knew I could!”. We congratulate the winners and are sure the “golfing virus” hit them hard. We also would like to felicitate all participating teams, the hard training hours resulted in many successful strokes. Accesa and APGR (Asociatia Play Golf Romania) are looking forward to seeing you next year on the green!