Recap IDnext meet-up and golf event

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On 14 June last, a beautiful day, another edition of the IDnext golf event took place on the Golfbaan Hitland in Nieuwerkerk aan de IJssel.

The participants (IAM experts and professionals sharing the same hobby) were expected in the afternoon. But before it started, everyone was gathered for the IDnext meet-up to share knowledge and expertise. Koos Verhave (AMP Groep), Daan van den Eshof (Rabobank) and Maurits van Boetzelaer (Boetz) gave a short presentation. Afterwards (or even during the presentation) lively discussions took off.

The participants had been allocated to the various teams, which were announced by Xavier Ruiz (our IDnext Golf pro) once the IDnext meet-up was completed.

The format was Stableford, a golf scoring system that, rather than counting the total number of strokes taken, involves scoring points based on the number of strokes taken at each hole. Thus, under Stableford, the objective is to have the highest score – unlike traditional scoring methods where the aim is to have the lowest score.

Every team included players with different handicaps. For those participants that didn't have a golf ability license (GVB) yet, a clinic was organised. They were taught by a pro who gave suitable tips and tricks to learn and start.

It was, again, a beautiful day with lots of sunshine, which did wonders for everyone’s enjoyment. Once the group photo had been taken, the first team set off, after which the other two teams went in pursuit.
The Hitland course is a great course, but as early as at hole 1, many players experienced that the course is developing. The rough has become really ‘rough’, so that you need to do some serious searching if your ball ends up there. And sometimes you must lift a duck to find the ball.

At the start of the latter nine holes, it was not evident to everybody that it was to be a tough round. Due to the heat and drought, the ‘back nine’ can become really exerting, especially when water is in short supply – many a player had hoped to find a tap somewhere along the course where they could top up their bottles, but unfortunately Hitland lacks this facility. Just like in any real team, the members shared their drinks and food and looked for lost balls together, sometimes in vain.

Tired, but satisfied, everyone made it to the 9th hole, after which they all refreshed themselves copiously, drinking beer, soft drinks or wine and indulging in appetizers (‘bitterballs’ and such). Then, the tall stories of the day could be heard as well, and the participants showed they could laugh hard as well as play hard. Still, the question remained: who had won? The points were yet to be added up. And the winner of this year’s event turned out to be Mathijs Kempers.

After a shower or a brisk wash, the group sat down to a lovely dinner. During dinner, they soon stopped talking about golf. Their conversations focussed on frameworks, identity solutions, identity of things, security, and so on. Thus, satisfied, well-fed and new contacts richer, every participant walked back to his or her car to set off through the dark night to a well-deserved weekend. The event has given us a taste of ‘Fore’!!

IDnext note:
We are looking back on a successful day. Nearly all participants gave us feedback, saying they had considered the day great fun as well as really useful. Everyone is looking forward to next year’s event. We’ll keep you posted!