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NGCC create the largest –ever online auction to help UK injured soldiers

Story published at 10:50, Wednesday, January 13th, 2016


NGCC AuctionThe National Golf Club Challenge (NGCC) – organisers of the UK’s largest amateur charity inter-club golf event has announced the release of their 1st Online Auction of 2016, supporting the vital work of On Course Foundation. The National Golf Club Challenge Online Auction can be viewed at www.ngccauction.com

The Online Auction features a massive array of prizes, the likes of which have never been seen before in any golf themed auction within the United Kingdom.

Prizes include Golf Equipment from some of the leading manufacturers such as Ping Europe, Titleist Europe, Callaway Europe, Nike Europe, Motocaddy, Stewart Golf, Bushnell and many more. A huge selection of Golfing Memorabilia kindly donated by some of the World’s Top Golfers and Caddies including Tiger Woods, Tom Watson, Justin Rose, Lee Westwood, Marc Warren, Oliver Wilson, Melissa Reid, Ian Poulter, Jamie Donaldson, Jack Nicklaus, Colin Montgomerie, Sandy Lyle, Sam Torrance, Phil Mickelson, Mark Fulcher, Terry Munday and Dominic Bott to name just a few.

The prize list continues; fabulous donations from David Robinson Jewellers and Etiqus Watches, Golf Breaks at some of the most prestigious Golf Resorts in the World such as The K Club in Ireland, Donnafugata Golf Resort & SPA in Sicily, The Old Course Hotel together with stunning Golf Holidays from Your Golf Travel & Golf Escapes Ltd. Rounds of Golf with European Tour Players and Celebrities including Oliver Fisher, Melissa Reid, Kevin Keegan and Matt Le Tissier. Golf themed experiences such as The Glenbrae Knitwear ‘Ultimate Golf Experience’ and Golf Lessons with the likes of Sky Sports Presenter, Mr Tim Barter.

The most impressive element of the auction is undoubtedly the sheer number of Four Balls on offer, in total over 600 Golf Clubs from across the World donated 4 Balls to help raise funds, so On Course Foundation can continue their vital work to support Injured UK Service Personnel.

Golfing experiences not to be forgotten; from the exhilarating Links Golf of Carnoustie, Archerfield, Dunbar & Turnberry in the home of Golf to the rugged beauty of Trevose on the Cornish Coast, the delightful Royal St Georges in Kent, and on to the breathtakingly beautiful links of Old Head & Waterville in Ireland.

Inland golf experiences include the exquisite Centurion Club in Hertfordshire, the unforgettable 2010 at Celtic Manor, the perfectly manicured Bearwood Lakes in Berkshire, the wonderful Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa and the sensational ‘full house’ of Marriott Golf Venues across the UK.

Outstanding Worldwide golfing experiences include a large selection of some of the finest golf that South Africa has to offer, the sensational Gloria Resort in Turkey, the outstanding Apes Hill Golf Club in Barbados and the stunning Al Badia Golf Club in Dubai.

The full 4 Ball ‘Roll of Honour’ of Golf Clubs can be seen via this link www.ngcc.co/auction/clubs.php.

Stacey Jeffries, NGCC Event Director commented, “Arguably this Online Auction (NGCC’s 1st supporting On Course Foundation) is now the largest auction EVER assembled within Golf, definitely in the UK, maybe even the World. The auction is set to raise a huge amount to help the outstanding work of On Course Foundation, but for me this was never the main aim when I set about assembling this Auction back in October 2015”.

Stacey continued; “In my time working to support our Injured Service Personnel (Over 8 years now) it has become clear to me that it is not the funds, facilities or opportunities that they most value; it is the support of the public and their public display of it. This auction really does express to our heroes how golf cares deeply about them and their sacrifice in protecting the blanket of freedom we sleep under every night has not and never will go unnoticed. I sincerely hope we have made them proud.”

Stacey went on to say, “I can honestly say I have contacted, individually, via email, every Golf Club and Industry Colleague within UK Golf. The reaction has been simply outstanding, it speaks volumes that nearly a third of UK Golf Clubs have donated a 4 ball for the auction and so many others have donated some outstanding prizes. The main reason why we have been able to achieve this wonderful ‘statement’ to honour our injured Service Personnel is testament to so many Golf Club Managers/ Secretaries and Golf industry colleagues believing that united in supporting our Military Heroes who have suffered life changing injuries, we actually do get to make an enormous difference to help them rebuild their lives”.

NGCC Patron, Lee Westwood OBE commented: “The National Golf Club Challenge team has done a truly outstanding job putting together this fabulous Online Auction, to support On Course Foundation. I am pleased and so proud to see how the game we all love has united in this unprecedented way, to make a significant contribution to the lives of our Heroes, as they continue to work to rebuild their own lives after suffering life-changing injuries, protecting our way of life.”

Lee went on to say: “I would urge the Golf Club managers & Secretaries around the UK who haven’t already donated a 4 ball to get in touch with Stacey & unite with the hundreds of clubs who already have. Each 4 ball donated really does make a massive difference.”

National Golf Club Challenge Online Auction www.ngccauction.com

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