Photographs by Lyn Gauntlett. Left click on images to enlarge.
The Birdie Boys not only tweet and twitter in the choir, they and their friends play a round of Golf or two to raise funds for Charities. Last Saturday 36 of them came along to the St Pierre Marriott Golf resort near Chepstow to play on the Old Course in a special Golf Day to raise funds for the Choir’s designated Charities Annalese Gosling’s new bed and The Sparkle Appeal based in Newport.
While trying to emulate the achievements of past winners on this course such as Jacklin, Woosnam, Langer, Ballasteros and Gallagher, nine teams of four started off from the clubhouse and hotel and after a marathon 5 mile walk (although some went by buggy) through the links while trying to get a little white ball down a sequence of 18 holes, they all managed to get back to the hotel by about 7-00pm.
The eventual winners of the event organised by choristers Tony Griffiths and Leon Jones was a team from the Haywain consisting of captain Haydn Dawe, Lewis Crook, Ryan Moore, and Nathan Hubbard. Birdie Boys captain Alyn Dawe presented the intrepid four with a magnificent trophy, donated by The Birdie Boys golfers and Reliance Water Controls (Sharkbite). Second place was a team from Tata Steel, Llanwern represented by captain Tony Truman, Des Harrison, Nathan Ball and Dave Cutter and third place went to the Birdie Boys represented by Alyn Dawe, captain, Steve Davies, Andy McDonnell and Stuart Pay-Savage. Well done all.
Other awards went to Leon Jones for nearest the pin on the third hole and second nearest the pin on the 13th went to Ross Seftan. The longest drive did not go to Dave Gould who came all the way form Tredegar but to Mike Griffiths.
Following the fish and chip supper and the presentations of awards by Birdie Boys captain Alyn Dawe, a raffle with prizes including a digital camera and a four ball at Newport golf club raised £220 on the night and sponsorship of each of the 18 holes and pins raised over £940. The main sponsors were Reliance Water Controls (Sharkbite), Perfect Pets, Wentwood I.T., J.A.M.A., Tata Steel of Port Talbot, Flexi-Print, South Wales Carpenters, Gambia Horse and Donkey charity and Likes Landrover, not to mention several individual sponsorships.
A fabulous day of golf was enjoyed by everyone in perfect weather conditions made even more worthwhile by knowing how much was raised for the two deserving causes. The target is to raise £10,000 to share between both appeals and the Choir, Cycle Club and Birdie Boys are well on the way to achieving this by the end of the year.