When he’s not at work, Stephen McCafferty, our Manufacturing Team Leader likes nothing more than to spend his time perfecting his swing on the golf course. He’s a member of Greenock Golf Club but also goes away regularly with friends for golfing weekends across Scotland and holidays abroad with his family.
Stephen has been with the company for 16 years, starting in the role as Stores Manager and more recently being promoted to his current position. He turned 50 last month and his colleagues thought him deserving of a special gift to mark this particular milestone.
Now, we could have just gone to a golf shop and bought him a shiny new putter...but, wait a minute, being a capable and creative engineering company with tools and skills at our disposal, why couldn’t we actually make one bespoke? And, of course, we did...
We took Stephen’s existing putter as the basis of the putter head design: it’s made from solid 316L stainless steel bar, which is slightly heavier than he is used to. The profile was milled by our highly skilled machinist, Gordon Blair, on our Bridgeport Milling machine. The finishing and polishing was also done by Gordon’s hand.
Both the putter shaft and the grip were bought separately. The shaft is a very modern composite, made from stainless steel and carbon fibre – not a material we are familiar working with, hence this part we didn't want to make ourselves. The grip is made by Ping and was fitted to the shaft at our local Golf Club in Elderslie. Art and Industrial, specialist engravers and fabricators based a few streets away from us in Johnstone, engraved the head with SM and 50 before welding it neatly to the shaft.
Stephen finally received his new putter today and he’s absolutely delighted. He said, "I'm overjoyed by the thoughtfulness and engineering skills from my co- workers at Horne - SM 50 will be in my bag for life."
This afternoon, Stephen will also pick up a brand new set of fitted Callaway clubs that his wife and family have given him for his 50th.
The weekend forecast for Greenock is dry but increasingly breezy - perhaps a testing environment for Stephen's participation in the club's April Medal competition tomorrow. 'No excuses now', he says, and we wish him the best of luck in taking that medal home!