Durata Golf Day 2023

Forty golfers hit the fairways with a two-time European Tour champion for the second Durata golf day at Rockliffe Hall.

Ten fourballs, including ex-Tour pro Graeme Storm and South Shields FC owner Geoff Thompson, enjoyed decent autumn conditions to raise £1,899 for the MFC Foundation on the renowned Hurworth course on the outskirts of Darlington.

John McGee, Durata’s managing director, said: “What a fantastic day and one we want to build on and repeat next year.

“We want to thank everyone who came along in support of our event and every penny that was raised will go towards helping MFC Foundation continue the incredible work the charity does in the community.

“What was great to see was how everyone had smiles on their faces and joined in the fun, even though everyone was hit with cash fines for hitting balls into the water or poor tee shots. I think even Graeme paid the price on one of the water holes!”

After registration, breakfast and a team photo on the putting green, the action got underway just after 11am when John’s team of Martin Gilbey, Matty Carlin and Neil Wilson headed down the first.

There were prizes for beating the pro, nearest the pin and longest drive as well as for the overall winner of the event, with the best two scores counting.

Close Protection Security’s team of Glenn Bartlett, Shaun Woods, Peter Scott and Bri Cole claimed the honours with a staggering 97 points.

A raffle was then drawn after a three-course dinner and included prizes such as a fourball with Rockliffe’s course record holder Storm, 18 holes at the Renaissance, a Ultra HD TV and a Middlesbrough FC shirt. Prizes were donated by Pipeflex, CEF, Screentech, Jason Preston and Superlec.

John said: “At Durata we really care about our partnerships and work in the community. As well as working hard to develop the business at home and abroad we are extremely passionate about this area and helping others.

“This golf day has enabled us to give something back to the community through the MFC Foundation, the official charity of Middlesbrough Football Club which we have strong links to because we are a premier partner of the women’s team.”

Durata is based at Middlesbrough’s TeesAMP business park and recently opened a new office in Frankfurt, Germany.

The company delivers end-to-end solutions for critical power infrastructure and mechanical systems all over the world. It also wants Teesside to be known as the home of the modular data centre.