Aug 24th, 2016
Ryder Cup legends return to The Belfry
For The Tony Jacklin CBE Belfry Charity Invitational
Words: John Dean Photography: Getty Images
Powerful memories will be stirred when golfing legends and sporting celebrities gather for Tony Jacklin’s Charity Invitational at The Belfry on 6th September 2016.
The event tees off less than a month before the Ryder Cup begins and Tony Jacklin CBE is, of course, credited with making that tournament what it is today captaining the team on no less than four occasions.
The way Jacklin led his European team to victory in 1985 at The Belfry – the first time the Americans had been defeated in 28 years – has gone down in history as one of the greatest golfing achievements of all time.
This special charity event will be a fantastic celebration of Jacklin’s Ryder Cup career. Tony Jacklin commented:
“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 when we won for the first time in 28 years. 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”.
The event, organised by leading UK events organiser, Champions (UK) plc will commence with a shotgun start at 1pm. The teams will include an array of Ryder Cup legends including Phillip Price, who famously beat Phil Mickelson in the singles in 2002 at The Belfry, Bernard Gallacher OBE, who was Vice Captain under Jacklin on three occasions and went on to become a successful Ryder Cup captain in his own right. Also appearing at this year’s special event will be the current Senior Open Champion Paul Broadhurst, who has also featured in two Ryder Cups.
Among the footballing legends who will be taking part are former Celtic and Arsenal striker John Hartson, Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler and England’s most capped men’s player of all time Peter Shilton OBE, who famously kept goal over 1,000 times for such teams as Nottingham Forest, Leicester City and England.
Other sports stars who will be teeing off at The Belfry will include rugby stars Neil Back MBE and Andy Gomarsall MBE as well as Ashes hero Matthew Hoggard MBE, Gordon Greenidge MBE, Chris Woakes and Jonny Bairstow.
Sky Sports presenter and golfer Nick Dougherty will host the evening.