Saturday, 1st October, 2016

European Tour supports 30th Golf Foundation Pro-Am

Story published at 11:25, Friday, April 1st, 2016


Tthe Heritage course, a classic Jack Nicklaus layout

Tthe Heritage course, a classic Jack Nicklaus layout

Team places are now available for a celebratory 30th edition of the Golf Foundation Pro-Am at London Golf Club, Kent, in October.

This year’s event also marks 30 years of support from The European Tour, which has been at the forefront of every Golf Foundation Pro-Am since the first in 1986. Each year, European Tour Professionals have welcomed groups of amateurs to help make the Pro-Am a superb day in the diary of many golf-lovers.

This year’s Golf Foundation Pro-Am will be held on Monday, 10th October, at the highly rated London Golf Club in Kent, a European Tour Destination.

The Pro-Am has been an excellent fundraising event for the Foundation over three decades, raising nearly £500,000 for the nationally recognised charity which aims to make the benefits of golf available to any young person and help them to ‘Start, Learn and Stay’ in the sport.

The charity relies on support from all golfers as it introduces half-a-million young people to golf every year through its ‘HSBC Golf Roots’ programme, creating a pathway from school and community golf to regular play at the golf club.

Keith Pelley, Chief Executive of The European Tour, said: “We are proud to be supporting the 30th edition of the Golf Foundation Pro-Am, which raises thousands of pounds for an excellent cause. The London Golf Club, which is part of our European Tour Properties Network, is the perfect venue for this terrific event, and I hope everyone taking part enjoys playing alongside members from the European, Challenge and Senior Tours.”

The 30th anniversary event will be held for the fifth time at one of the country’s most popular golfing venues: London Golf Club, in Ash, Kent (near Brands Hatch). Players will tee-off on the Heritage course, a classic Jack Nicklaus layout which forces you to consider every shot. The Heritage has been host to The European Open and is maintained to the very best standards.

Teams of three amateurs will be supported by a Tour professional for a Stableford better-ball competition which features a range of prizes and on-course challenges. The atmosphere on the day is always very friendly as amateurs are joined by European Tour, Challenge Tour, European Senior Tour and Ladies’ European Tour players.

Attractions include a champagne breakfast before a shot-gun start, an excellent dinner and a charity auction and raffle, with all money raised on the day going to the Golf Foundation’s work.

Stephen Lewis, Chairman-elect of the Golf Foundation, said: “There is no doubt that this Pro-Am is a true highlight of the season for many business people and this time as we celebrate 30 years it is sure to be extra special. Being held at a great venue with the support of The European Tour, who have been with us since the very first Pro-Am in 1986, makes this a unique opportunity to mix some great golf with valuable networking, making new friends, while putting something back into the grass roots of the game.”

The big day is on 10th October. Bookings are for £1,000 per team. To find out more about booking a team, call 01992 449830.

Golf Foundation www.golf-foundation.org

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