Finalist Penny pays tribute to teamwork

DEDICATED: Clubs SA awards finalist John Penny is pictured at work at the Port Pirie Golf Club.
DEDICATED: Clubs SA awards finalist John Penny is pictured at work at the Port Pirie Golf Club.

CLUBS SA awards finalist John Penny has paid tribute to teamwork and the Port Pirie Golf Club’s hard-working volunteers.

Penny was a finalist in the Volunteer of the Year category with the awards presented in Adelaide last Saturday night. 

He said while it was good to be acknowledged, these sort of achievements cannot happen without the help of other people.

“If it wasn’t for catering, our volunteers who do Friday night teas and others who do work on the course, these things cannot come about,” he said.

“It’s a whole group of people who get things to work.”

“It’s all the people coming together that make this club work.”

Penny, like so many others at the golf club, has dedicated a great amount of his time into making the club a success. 

As far as finances and membership go, the golf club is in the best position it has been in a long time and it’s all come about thanks to its dedicated volunteers.

“It gives us a good feeling seeing the club prosper,” he said.

Turn back the clock almost a decade and prosperity wasn’t the case – the club was doing it incredibly tough.

Resilience shone through and volunteers banded together to bring the club back from the brink and now every aspect of the club is run by volunteers.

Friday night teas have been hugely successful, averaging around 70 a week. Functions and hall hire have also contributed to their financial success.

Penny, who is captain, course manager and serves on the committee as second treasurer, is ably helped with his course work by Brian Key. 

His wife, Sue Penny, along with Shirley Johnson runs the catering and Carol Patterson runs Friday night teas.

“Without people like that you don’t get awards,” Penny said.

“You cannot single one person out.”

“I couldn’t do the things I do without the help of others.”