Star-Studded Worplesdon Charity Pro-Am Raises £50,000
Belgium's Thomas Detry claimed a one-stroke victory, but charity was the winner at the Worplesdon Golf Club Charity Pro-Am, organised by Andy Sullivan and Paul Waring, where a collection of stars from across the European Tour, Staysure Tour and Ladies European Tour competed to back Dan’s Fund for Burns, who provide support to people with burns, and the Rainbow Trust’s Covid-19 Emergency Appeal, which supports seriously ill children and their families.
Both the Silent Auction and Raffle, which remain open for entries, bids and donations until Friday 3rd July, feature some incredible prizes from rounds of golf, equipment and a variety of memorabilia, with all proceeds split equally between the two charities.
The Pro-Am was promoted by Waring and Sullivan’s management group Wasserman, who helped put the event together after the English duo decided to turn their original idea of a golf day for professionals into a tournament that would benefit two charities and provide a unique opportunity for amateurs to play alongside some of the UK’s leading professional golfers.
“We saw that recreational golf would be back before tournament golf, so we had an idea of putting on a little tournament between us all,” Waring explained on the Sky Sports Golf Podcast ahead of the event.
“But then we thought we (could) do it for charity and do a Pro-Am. We started looking into it, and our management company at Wasserman helped us develop the idea.”
Speaking about the charities they chose to support, Sullivan explained that one of the causes is particularly important to him.
“Dan’s Fund for Burns is close to my heart,” said Sullivan. “My friends have been involved in that charity with their child and they’ve done a fantastic job (for them). Rainbow Trust’s Covid-19 emergency appeal helps families as well, recovering from Covid.”
“Yes, we want to go out and play competitive golf but, if we can go out there and for charities to benefit from that, it’s all the better and helps everyone out.”
The day featured a number of leading professionals from the European Tour, Staysure Tour and Ladies European Tour, including Paul Broadhurst, Thomas Detry, Ross Fisher, Colin Montgomerie, Lee Slattery, Georgia Hall and Charley Hull, who went on to play in the Rose Ladies Series event at Moor Park Golf Club later that afternoon. Joining these top professionals was also Mike Browne and George Groves, the World Number 1 EDGA professional and amateur respectively.
It was Detry who took home the spoils in superb conditions with a seven under par round of 64 at Worplesdon, beating nearest challengers Steven Brown, Sam Broadhurst (am) and Jake Burnage by one stroke. The winning team fired an impressive best ball 59 (-12) and was led by professional, Dale Whitnell.
As for the hosts, Sullivan carded a respectable one under par 70, while Waring was sadly forced out of the tournament with a back injury but enjoyed the day fulfilling his hosting and media duties.
The tournament was proudly supported by seven key partners and sponsors, namely Farmfoods, KP Snacks, Rosan Helmsley, Yorkshire Education, Surrey Downs Financial Services, 18Birdies and KJUS.
For more information on Wasserman visit https://www.teamwass.com.
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