The Kee Cup 2024

Kee Cup

The 30th Kee Cup was held in Ireland at the beginning of May at the Portmarnock Resort and Jameson Golf Links. The competition was played over three days with 14 SAIF funeral directors versus 14 trade suppliers. The first two days were played in pairs on Portmarnock Links Golf Club and County Louth Golf Club.

After two days the match was finely poised 7.5-6.5 in favour of the SAIF team.

Following a fine evening at Bad Bobs in Dublin, hosted by SAIFInsure, a late tee time was ordered on the final day, all to play for with 14 singles matches to be played on the very impressive Island golf course. The match went down to the last game with Andy Hampton from West & Coe winning that all important point for the SAIF team. The final score was 14.5-13.5 to SAIF, we couldn’t have hoped for a better match played with great spirit throughout.

A Kee Cup spokesperson said: “We were delighted to welcome new players from Dublin with local funeral directors Massey Brothers represented, and James Collier from Emslie S Collier in Montrose as well as welcoming back John Byrne from Fleetwood. It was particularly pleasing to see P & S Gallagher continuing to be represented, this time by Eric Williams in Pat’s absence. All received the obligatory nicknames and sang their initiation songs with gusto. As ever, misdemeanours were penalised by the ‘finemaster’ Brian Hart and the event raised £1,500, which will be split between the SAIF President’s charity Name’5 Doddie Foundation and Pat Gallagher’s charity.

“After 30 years, it’s time for a change and two new Captains were anointed, as Gary Neill and Brian Hart both stepped down. Daniel Ginder is the new Captain from SAIF and David Spittle (Bradnam Joinery) is the new Captain for SAIFInsure, and there is also a small committee now to organise the event which has grown and developed significantly over the years.

“We would like to thank our very kind sponsors for this event, SAIFInsure, Daniel Robinson & Sons, Laurelo, RNS Publications, Bradnams, Healix Health, Westerleigh, Legacy Expressions, Greg Molyneux, Richard Edwards and Pat Gallagher.”

If any trade supplier or funeral director wants to get involved with sponsorship or play next year, contact SAIF CEO Terry Tennens at SAIF Business Centre by email.

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