Dai Rees, Barry / Aberdare - Golf
His farther was the Professional at Aberdare's Golf Club and Dai Rees became assistant professional at the age of 16.
Born in Barry the family moved to Aberdare and Dai always remembered his time in the Valley though he was to travel widely and become one of the great golfers of his generation. His first professional tournament was in 1939. Yorkshire was the venue in an event run by the Evening News.
He was to appear in the Ryder Cup 10 times (5 as captain). His team gained a memorable victory in 1957. He became BBC Sports Personality the same year and captained the Professional Golfers Association from 1967 to 1976. In 1958 he was honoured with an MBE.