The FPA Golf and Activities day, held at the DeVere Staverton Park, was hailed as the best ever by more than 110 participants in the golf and ‘It’s a Knockout’ competition. Golf competitors found the course in excellent condition and enjoyed a rain-free day and It’s a Knockout participants had an action-packed day facing some extraordinary challenges.FPA GOLF 2016 1

Graham Foster, who organises the day for the FPA said: “It’ not just a golf day any more as we had almost equal participants in both activities which was wonderful. The spirit amongst our attendees was the best it’s ever been with great camaraderie and networking all day. DeVere looked after us superbly, especially Andrew Gibbons the golf manager. We also raised a significant amount for our charity for this event – Cyclists Fighting Cancer.”

DSC_0223 rsBill Sherry from Packaging News, who participated in the day for the first time, said: “It’s been a really fun, well organised day that the packaging industry should be proud of. We’ll definitely be back next year.”

Jo Gilliard, from Jangro, who took part in the It’s a Knock Out day said: “It’s been physically tough and everything hurts now but I’ve laughed until I cried – it’s been a brilliant day.”

Danny Leigh Commercial Director at Reynolds Said: “A great day, with a good bunch of people and we’ve had fun. We’ve done some valuable networking and will be back next year with a bigger team.”

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The team from Huhtamaki hailed the Zorba football as the highlight of the day.

Professional and trick golfer David Edwards rounded off the day with a superb video presentation and hilarious analysis of match play.


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The Results

Winners: Smith Anderson: Michael Longstaffe, Duncan Edwards, Jon Norman and Rod Muir.

Runners up: Bunzl Catering Supplies: Matt Johnson, Max Harris, Darren Broad and


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Longest drive winners:
8th hole: Duncan Edwards
10th hole: Cliff Mason
12th hole: Chris Beardsey
15th hole: Allan Palmer

Fling golf challenge: longest throw: Chris Beardsey

High golf tee: Andrew Speck, Jon Norman, Richard Nichols, Rod Muir

The raffle raised almost £1200 for Cyclists Fighting Cancer and was won by Kevin Beaman.