Icon of golf, Tony Jacklin CBE, who captained the European team to Ryder Cup victory in 1985, returned to the scene of his glory – The Belfry golf resort, West Midlands, to host a special Charity Invitational tournament organised by Champions (UK) plc.
The event, which was held in September, brought together famous faces from the world of sport including Ashes legend Matthew Hoggard MBE, record goalkeeper Peter Shilton OBE, rugby union star Neil Back MBE, Scottish footballer Alan McInally, West Indies batsman Gordon Greenidge MBE, Rotherham United FC’s Peter Odemwingie, England rugby union scrum-half Andy Gomarsall MBE, Scottish football manager Alex McLeish and former England cricketer Phillip Defreitas. From the world of film, brothers and sports fans Oliver and James Phelps, best known for playing Fred and George Weasley in the Harry Potter films also attended.
Following game play participants enjoyed a Champagne reception and the tournament was rounded off with a delicious three-course dinner where Tony presented prizes to the winning team and runners-up.
Hosting the evening was Sky Sports presenter and professional golfer Nick Dougherty with entertainment from popular comedian Dominic Holland. A charity auction to raise money for the Leicestershire-based charity – Rainbows Hospice which cares for children and young people with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions was also held which was hosted by popular auctioneer Charlie Ross.
Speaking of the event, Tony Jacklin said, “The Belfry is a magical place for so many reasons, it holds a very special place in my heart and whenever I go back there the memories of the 1985 Ryder Cup come rushing back. I am delighted that we are able to stage another event like this after the successful event at Wentworth a couple of years ago. We are hoping to raise a great figure for Rainbows and I would like to thank everyone involved, including our hosts The Belfry, our sponsors Farmfoods, William Hill, Glenmorangie, Bentley Leicester and all of the professionals and celebrities taking part that are giving up their time to help raise vital funds for Rainbows.”