Pennard has a thriving Veterans section.
The Vets’ committee consists of:
Geoff Byrne – Captain
Bob Walters – Vice Captain
Ken Nieman – Treasurer
Geoff Burch – Secretary
Gordon Davies – Competitions Organiser
Peter Gingell – Immediate Past Captain
In addition to the committee there are a number of active individuals who support the Vets’ section running diddleys and away days. These include Glyn Phillips, Brian Lewis, Brian Davies, Dave Bennett and Norman Barnes.
The Vets’ section is run for members of Pennard golf club over the age of 55. We currently have approximately 140 members of the section with an age range from 55 to 87.
The Vets’ organise a number of internal competitions including winter and summer knockouts, winter leagues, (4 ball better ball) and eclectic competitions. Also, every Thursday, the Vets organise a diddley which is primarily for the Vets section. However, visitors and other (younger) members are always welcome to participate.
As well as internal competitions, a number of external matches are played against vets’ sections of other clubs. These matches are competed for on a home and away basis. A cup is awarded for the aggregate winner of each competition against each club. Pennard vets typically play matches against a total of ten other clubs. The vets also have an annual competition against the Ladies’ section of Pennard golf club.
Once a year, an away day is organised where, typically in excess of 40 members of the Vets’ section play. Last year the away day was held at the Vale Golf Club and this year it is planned to hold it at the Glamorganshire in Penarth.
The section played against a Swiss touring team in 2015 and has been invited back out to Geneva in 2016 where they will play three golf courses.
In summary, we are a thriving, active and very friendly part of the club.