Goodwood golfers brave the elements to raise £8,000 for seafarers and their families in need
A determined group of golfers faced pelting rain on Monday 6th October to battle for the top prize in the Sailors’ Society Arrow & Lavinia Golf Day.
Sixteen teams of two braved the elements to take on Goodwood’s prestigious championship Downs course, known for its tricky gradients and stunning scenery.
Heidmar’s Chris Molden and David Morgan took the overall trophy after a hard fought game, with Peabody’s David Barham and Derek Clarkson coming in second, closely followed by Tom White and Barney Guest of RS Platou. Nicola Eyles & Phrixos Papachristidis took the wooden spoon prize – a set of fluorescent pink golf balls! The day was sponsored by Lavinia Bulk Ltd and Arrow Shipbokers, with prizes on the day provided by FIS.
Brian Nixon, MD of Lavinia Bulk Ltd said, “I’ve worked in the shipping industry for about 20 years and have been a supporter and an ambassador of the Sailors’ Society for much of that time. As well as helping seafarers, Sailors’ Society highlights the issues that individuals working on merchant ships must work with. It’s great to be able to help draw attention to the little known world of seafarers and their needs”.
The day kicked off with warming bacon rolls on the putting green before players competed on the century old Downs course. The rather drenched players were revitalised by a relaxing lunch and prize giving in the stylish Kennels restaurant. Companies attending included Augustea Group , Arrow Shipbrokers, Baltic Exchange, Cargill , ED+F Man Capital , EA Gibsons, GFI Group, Hellespont Ship Management, Heidmar, ICAP, JLA Media, Lavinia Bulk Ltd, LOC, Lykiardopulo & Co, Morgan Stanley , Peabody Coaltrade and RS Platou.
David Webb, Director of Arrow, said, “We’ve supported Sailors’ Society over a number of years from our various offices around the world. We’re pleased to be able to join with them and contribute to their work with less privileged individuals working in non-office environments in this otherwise very corporate dominated world.”
Sailors’ Society works to transform seafarers’ lives in port, at sea, and at home. Working in over 50 ports, as well as in seafaring communities worldwide, the charity is changing lives for the better, through chaplaincy, education, and the relief of poverty and distress.