Gary Player: Celebrating golf and giving – I can’t thank people enough

The recent Gary Player Invitational at Wentworth continued our efforts to raise $100m for underprivileged children, education and communities around the world.

THE day after Shane Lowry triumphed at Royal Portrush, winning The Open in spectacular style, a gathering of golfing royalty joined representatives of the business world at Wentworth Club for the 2019 Berenberg Gary Player Invitational where there was one common cause – Golf and Giving. 

Significant funds were raised during the event to support underprivileged children and communities as a total of 72 players teed it up at the course I designed – the Edinburgh Course – at Wentworth to compete for the iconic Baobab Trophy. 

Among the all-star field were eight Ryder Cup legends, eight Major champions and a host of PGA Tour, European Tour and Ladies European Tour stars. Tom Watson, Fred Couples, Colin Montgomerie, and Thomas Bjorn all came out to support the cause and with such a superb cast taking to the course it was the team led by Alvaro Quiros and Julia Engstrom that claimed the victory to take the spoils. 

Engstrom commented: “What a day it has been. It’s been truly inspiring to be surrounded by so many legends of the game and to share the common cause of Golf and Giving. It’s a unique event and it was the cherry on top of the cake to take home the trophy with Alvaro Quiros and the rest of our team.”

The Player Foundation continues its quest to raise a total of $100 million for underprivileged children, education and communities, a feat that is being aided through the support of sponsors such as Rolex, Lavazza, SAP and title sponsor Berenberg, the world’s second oldest bank. This year’s event marked the eighth year of Berenberg’s title sponsorship of the event at Wentworth. 

David Mortlock, Head of Berenberg’s Investment Bank, said: “It’s always an easy decision for us to continue to support this Gary Player Invitational series. Our work with the Black Knight team and Gary Player on this event in particular, impacts the lives of so many people, and his commitment to helping others is nothing short of inspirational.”

The next stage of the series is the Gary Player Invitational at GlenArbor Golf Club in New York on the 6th-7th October, and the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others, is something we all should all really take advantage of when the opportunity presents itself.

That is what we have with the Gary Player Invitational Series and the funds raised will, undoubtedly, make a difference to so many young lives. I can’t thank all our sponsors and guests enough for their support of another remarkable event.

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