Standing Tall Communications battled the blustery December elements to take the Mogolf 2013 title. The team scored 116 points, one ahead of defending champions Qualcomm looking for a third successive victory and an eye on keeping the prestigious "Mobile Challange" trophy.
Steady scoring by three of the Standing Tall team comprising Kevin Taylor, Graham Rivers and Tim Cocks supported the highly impressive score of 41 points by the day's standout player CCGroup's Ian McCann, whom also scooped the Nearest the Pin, with a shot 18 inches from the flag.
Standing Tall's Kevin Taylor said: “Like all golfers, I’ve dreamed of lifting that major trophy... and now I know what it’s like. I felt like a winning Ryder Cup captain but couldn’t have done it without the team – Boom boom Rivers with his tree clearing drives, shorty McCann with his magical chipper, and limping Tim – whose game came together on the back nine along with his Tiger limp. And the five footer I sank on the last to give us three net birdies on that hole clinched the trophy and our day in the Sun... or rather wind.”
It was heartache for Qualcomm, looking for a hat-trick of victories, but their gallant defence of the trophy fell just short. Brave faces were also on display in the post-match meal by Digital Parent Company, AIME, Progression, GMI and Net-M, as they tried to hide their disappointment.
But there was welcomed joy for GMI's Ralph Risk winning the Longest Drive competition, with a monster drive of 320 yards - and surprisingly straight. "I only hit one fairway all round, and it just happened to be the one for the competition," an honest Risk said.
Mogolf is not for the fairweather golfer. With conditions in recent years ranging from blizzards to torrential rain, freezing temperatures and winds of 40mph meant conditions were challenging but not unplayable, but it all added to the sense of occasion.
A big thank you from mobilesquared to all the teams and players taking part in Mogolf 2013. It was a fantastic day and we look forward to seeing you all again in June 2014.
The players return to a Christmas Turkey supper and dreadful cracker jokes
The trophy is in the photo somewhere... honest
Digital Parent Company
GMI, Net-M, AIME, Progression