Bradley Park members staged a farewell dinner for retiring Professional Parnell Reilly, who was Director of Golf for 33 years.

The evening celebrated his glittering career and achievements, and also to raise money for the PGA benevolent fund.

During the evening, various gifts were presented to Parnell, including a photo book filled with pictures of recording his years at the club.

The MC, Richard Kaye, introduced Bradley Park captain Royce Subham who spoke fondly about the ex-PGA Captain and his experiences and how he remained down to earth, even when he became Captain of the PGA.

Parnell Reilly's retirement party after 33 years at Bradley Park Golf Club, held at the club. Picrured handing over a cheque for £5,000 are Parnelly Reilly, left, and Sandy Jones, chief executive of the PGA.
 

Parnell held a question and answer session and spoke of his PGA trip to Afghanistan as well as the best and worst moments of his career. His best moment was receiving the phone call from Sandy Jones, PGA chief executive, asking him to become PGA Captain 2007 and 2008, and also taking the Ryder Cup around Wales in a helicopter.

There was a video clip with a personalised message from Colin Montgomerie, who had a chipping lesson with Parnell when he was a teenager and accompanied him in Afghanistan. He congratulated Parnell on his career and wished him luck in his retirement.

There were some interesting items up for auction, including a Ping Bag with many pros’ autographs, a framed Masters Flag autographed by Sir Nick Faldo and a framed photo of the 2012 Ryder Cup Team autographed by all 12 players.

This photo was keenly fought over by Bradley Park president Keith Waddington and Crosland Heath’s Tony Boothroyd, whose £775 bid finally prevailed. The final speech was given by Sandy Jones, who talked about the history of the Ryder Cup and the etiquette and joy of the game of golf. He complimented Parnell on his successful years as PGE Captain and the way he conducted himself.

Parnell Reilly's retirement party after 33 years at Bradley Park Golf Club, held at the club. Pictured with the Ryder Cup: left to right, Parnell, Sandy Jones of the PGA and Crosland Heath's Tony Boothroyd
 

The icing on the cake of this memorable evening was the Ryder Cup, which Sandy Jones brought with him, and everyone present was able to have their photo taken with this iconic trophy.

At the end of the evening, a cheque for £5,000 was presented to the PGA Benevolent Fund.

Parnell will carry on coaching and will continue to be involved with the PGA and on the board of the buying group TGI.