All welcome at the Kee Cup

Words: Gary Neill

25 years ago, funeral director Gary Neill, with Peter Bowden and Brian Hart (SAIFInsure), decided to create a golf competition. The Ryder Cup style event features funeral directors vs trade suppliers. This was also the birth of SAIFInsure, one of the most successful funeral director’s insurance schemes, which was a new venture. There is no doubt that SAIFInsure benefits funeral directors with excellent cover at very competitive costs. The competition was initially called the SAIFInsure Cup and through participation many friendships have been formed, nicknames have evolved, and many business deals have been done.

It is unusual for anything to last so long and there has been so much fun, with various traditions created along the way and more than £20,000 raised for charity, all led by the skill of the worst golfer ever – Brian (Augustus Gloop) Hart, the Finemaster. In 2003, the SAIFInsure Cup was renamed the Kee Cup, in memory of the late Gordon Kee, co-founder of Golden Charter.

This year, to celebrate 25 years of the SAIFInsure and SAIF relationship, the event is being held at the world-famous Turnberry Resort, Ayrshire, Scotland.

The competition is open to any SAIF funeral director or trade supplier. It is an inclusive event and everyone is very welcome to play, regardless of ability.

The three-day event, from Monday 13 May to Wednesday 15 May, consists of three nights’ accommodation, three rounds of golf, team kit, three dinners, one being at a local fish restaurant, and the final one being a presentation gala dinner. There are several spaces still available and organisers are also looking for sponsorship for some little extras.

For more information, contact Gary Neill (funeral directors’ team) or Brian Hart (SAIFInsure).

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