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Ryder Cup legends return to Belfry to join Tony for celebrity-packed charity tournament

Friday, September 2, 2016

Powerful memories of that momentous Ryder Cup victory for the European team in 1985 – when the American team was beaten for the first time in 28 years – will be rekindled when golfing legends and sporting celebrities gather for Tony Jacklin’s Charity Invitational at The Belfry on 6 September.

Tony will be tournament host at this special charity event, which takes place less than a month before the 2016 Ryder Cup begins, and will present prizes to the winning team and the runners up. Tony is, of course, credited with putting the Ryder Cup on the map and his performance as player and captain over the years is the stuff of legend.

A shotgun start at 1.00pm will see some of the biggest names in sport and entertainment tee off at Tony Jacklin’s Charity Invitational, which is organised by leading UK events organiser Champions (UK) plc. These will include Phillip Price and Bernard Gallacher OBE, who was Vice Captain under Tony on three occasions and went on to become a successful Ryder Cup captain in his own right.

Also taking part in Tony Jacklin’s Charity Invitational will be legendary Leicester City, Nottingham Forest and England goalkeeper Peter Shilton OBE, rugby’s Neil Back MBE and Andy Gomarsall MBE and from the world of cricket Jonny Bairstow, Chris Woakes, Gordon Greenidge MBE and Ashes hero Matthew Hoggard MBE.

When the golf has finished, players and guests will attend a champagne reception and enjoy a glorious three-course meal as part of a star-studded evening. This will be followed by a special auction – hosted by expert auctioneer Charlie Ross – where funds will be raised for the Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People. Golfer and Sky Sports presenter Nick Dougherty will host the evening and comedian Dominic Holland will provide the entertainment.

Tony said: “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. 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.”

For more information about Tony Jacklin’s Charity Invitational contact Benny Lawrence at Champions Celebrity on 08453 31 30 31 or email