Industry golfers take on Goodwood’s championship course for Sailors’ Society

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2. 1st Prize winners Jeremy Penn and James Prendered  low resThe sun shone on the Arrow and Lavinia Bulk Golf Day competitors as they battled it out on Goodwood’s prestigious championship Downs course to raise £4,100 for Sailors’ Society.

In stark contrast to last year’s downpour, the bright weather allowed for some great shots and all 18 holes to be completed.  Eight teams of two competed on the course, known for its tricky gradients and stunning scenery.

The day kicked off with bacon rolls at the kennels before players competed on the century old Downs course. Players were revitalised by a relaxing lunch followed by a prize giving in the stylish Kennels restaurant. Companies attending included Arrow Chartering, Arrow Panamax, Arrow Shipping, Baltic Exchange, EA Gibson Shipbrokers, Hill Dickinson LLP, Lavinia Bulk, The Marcura Group, ST Shipping and TradeWinds.

Brian Nixon, Managing Director of Lavinia Bulk, said: “As a Sailors’ Society Ambassador and having worked in the industry for many years, it’s great to be able to help draw attention to the little known world of merchant seafarers and their welfare needs”.

Jeremy Penn and James Pendered (pictured), Baltic Exchange (59 points) took the overall trophy after a hard fought game, with David Hardcastle, Arrow Shipbroking and Neal Stuart (55 points) coming in second, closely followed by Andrew Bermejo, Marcura Group and James Markham, ST Shipping (54 points). The day was sponsored by Lavinia Bulk and Arrow Shipbokers, with prizes on the day provided by Moore Stephens.

David Webb, Director of Arrow, said: “We recognise the importance supporting Sailors’ Society and the welfare services they provide, despite the tough economic climate. In times such as these, it’s often those at the end of the chain, in this case seafarers and their families, who feel the impact the most and we’re pleased to be able to help alleviate these pressures.”

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.