Welsh sport stars tee off for Sony UK TEC’s 25th anniversary golf day
Welsh sports stars Ieuan Evans and John Devereux are among the famous faces who have tee’d off for a charity golf tournament celebrating Sony UK Technology Centre’s 25th anniversary.
Former Welsh rugby captain and International Rugby Hall of Famer Evans and former dual-code rugby league and Welsh international union player Devereux, were joined by Golf Trick Shot Champion Geoff Swain at the special event at the Celtic Manor on Tuesday.
The Welsh sporting talents were among 24 teams who took on the 2010 Ryder Cup Course as part of Sony UK TEC’s 11th annual charity golf tournament.
The sporting fixture was held at the prestigious venue to mark 25 years since Sony UK TEC launched its award-winning Pencoed manufacturing site in 1993.
Since then, the state-of-the-art factory has produced thousands of HD broadcast and professional camera systems annually for worldwide distribution, with manufacturing output leaping to over 6.4million products, across its core and third-party operations, this year.
During the day senior members of the manufacturing facility hit a few shots here and there, whilst their clients and suppliers tee’d off on all holes simultaneously in what’s known as a ‘shotgun start’. The winner of the tournament with the highest individual score, and getting to take home the trophy, was Mark Huxtable, whilst the winning team was Istadia Solutions, claiming first place at the end of the tournament with a joint score of 28.
Following the event, the teams headed to the Chairman’s Marquee for an evening hosted by Mr Swain, with Sony UK TEC managing director Steve Dalton OBE and representatives from the Princess of Wales Hospital also speaking during the night.
Sony UK TEC director of professional services Gerald Kelly said the special anniversary sporting event had been a “fantastic success”.
He said: “The Sony UK TEC golf tournament is always a highlight in our annual charity calendar, but this year proved to be particularly memorable thanks to its role within our 25th anniversary celebrations.
“During the day we were delighted to be joined by some of Wales’s top sporting talents who we cannot thank enough for helping to make the event such a wonderful success.
“Once again this year, the event itself was thrilling for all the teams involved to be a part of, and we certainly enjoyed a healthy level of competition across all the teams throughout the day.
“We’d like to thank everyone involved for making this special event such a fantastic success and for continuing to support Sony UK TEC over the past 25 years.”
Thanks to the success of the tournament Sony UK TEC raised just over £28,500 for its chosen charity the Princess of Wales Hospital during the day, surpassing their goal of £25,000. The funds will now help to support the refurbishment of the Paediatric Assessment Unit at the specialist Bridgend hospital.
The charitable donation forms part of the manufacturing facility’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) commitment, with Sony UK TEC having raised over £70,000 for the Bridgend hospital over the past six years.