Rick Wakeman’s Golf Classic in aid of Children’s Charity

Rick Wakeman (centre) is presented a cheque for 10,000euros following last year’s event at Estonian Golf & Country Club by Mait Schmidt (EGCC President) and Riho Rasmann - CEO of event sponsor Marfin Bank Estonia
Rick Wakeman (centre) is presented a cheque for 10,000euros following last year’s event at Estonian Golf & Country Club by Mait Schmidt (EGCC President) and Riho Rasmann - CEO of event sponsor Marfin Bank Estonia

The rolling green fairways of the Estonian Golf & Country Club will once again welcome rock music legend Rick Wakeman when he returns for his second Golf Classic at the renowned Tallinnvenue.

TheEuropean Tour-designed course will host the former Yes keyboard wizard and his 80 guests as they compete over the Sea Course – ranked in the Top 100 European Courses – in aid of children’s charity Sparks on Saturday, 18th June, 2011.

Following the event Rick Wakeman and his band will entertain guests into the night with a concert at the Tallink Spa and Conference Hotel located in the middle of beautiful Tallinn.

Estonian Golf & Country Club, the only European Tour course in Eastern Europe, will provide the perfect setting for those competing as The Sea Course winds its way through forests before opening out alongside the Gulf of Finland and the Jägala River, enjoying stunning views across the gulf.

The 18th hole of Estonian Golf & Country Club’s acclaimed Sea Course
The 18th hole of Estonian Golf & Country Club’s acclaimed Sea Course

“I have had the real honour of visiting Estonia at the height of summer and the height of winter, and in both cases I found Tallinn and the surrounding countryside absolutely beautiful,” said Rick Wakeman.

“I first saw the golf course when it was completely enveloped with snow, but when I saw it at the start of the season I simply fell in love with it. It is beautifully designed and a great test of golf for all standards of player. It’s certainly a course I would, and indeed have, highly recommended to friends to go and play, and to spend time in Tallinn itself.”

Last year’s event, combined with Rick Wakeman’s English golf day at Burhill Golf Club, helped to raise more than £40,000 for Sparks – a charity that helps all babies to be born healthy and stay healthy by funding high quality medical research into childhood diseases.

The Estonian Golf & Country Club will also stage European Qualifying for the Mission Hills World Cup in August.

For more information on Rick Wakeman’s Golf Classic, visit www.egcc.ee.



Eye Candy Caddies Rasie Money for Charity

Eye Candy Caddies charity golf day at Oxford’s Studley Wood Golf Club on the 6th June
Eye Candy Caddies

Studley Wood Golf Club in Oxford is to play host to a glamorous charity golf day on the 6th June from the people who are known for making golf gorgeous – Eye Candy Caddies.

Eye Candy Caddies train male and female models in golf etiquette, dress them in attractive golf attire, and they specialise in attending corporate, charity and society golf days.

Rebecca Keen, Managing Director of Eye Candy Caddies said:

“Up until now, we have only provided the Eye Candy Caddy service of delightful and glamorous golf caddies for events, but realised there was a gap in the market for golf days with a real difference, that could help raise money for charity.

“Our fun-loving attitude, coupled with our golf expertise and entertainment will ensure a day to remember, with lots of fantastic prizes to be won by the participating golfers”.

The chosen charity to benefit from this spectacular event is the Oxford based ‘Souls and Shadows Foundation’ who enhance the lives of terminally ill patients and their families through Music Therapy.

Souls and Shadows was started in memory of Oxford’s Caspar Barlow-Olsen, and on the evening of the event, the beautiful Eye Candy Caddies will be helping the golfers to dig deep to raise money for this worthy organisation in memory of Caspar.

To ensure the day goes with a swing! Every participating team will be accompanied by an Eye Candy Caddy, who will be pulling the golfers clubs along on PINK Stewart golf trolley’s, one of these fantastic trolley’s has been donated and will definitely be a prize worth winning.

The Main Ingredient, renowned private chefs to Lee Westwood, Ernie Els, Ian Poulter and Rory McIlroy (Managed by ISM), are sponsoring the ‘Nearest the Pin’ competition. The prize is a gourmet team building cookery course for six people. Golfers will also be sampling delectable canapés from the half-way house, provided by The Main Ingredient’s delightful duo – Flip & Hoops!

Villegas Golf Ltd, run by Rodrigo Villegas have supported the event, by providing a wonderful golfing holiday to Antequera, a four star resort, and access to some of the most stunning golf courses in Andalusia.

The day has also secured the support of The Golf Plaza, a virtual golf and custom fitting centre based just outside of London. They are providing every golfer on the day an extensive one hour custom fitting session at their base in Surbiton. Your equipment and game will be analysed using their high tech fitting software and adjusted accordingly if required.

To conclude this fun packed and exciting day, we have a vibrant and fun musical extravaganza provided by The Electric Dolls. The Dolls double up as caddies throughout the day, so they have musical talent as well as golf expertise!

“We are so lucky to have secured such a wonderful selection of prizes for participating golfers, from such fabulous companies” said Rebecca. “This is a result of all the hard work Eye Candy Caddies has put in to providing a professional and respectful service to bring an extra bit of glamour to the game of golf! We would like to thank all our sponsors for making this possible”.

“This really will be a great golfing day to remember” concluded Rebecca, “and we would love Oxford golfers to come and join us and get involved, you can participate as an individual, or put your own team together and have some fun whilst raising money for this very worthwhile cause”.



Putts4Charity reaches milestone at the Madrid Masters

The Genworth Putts4Charity campaign reached a new milestone last Friday, announcing that it had raised €500.000 for charities across Europe.

Putts4Charity helps raise funds for good causes by challenging the general public to make a successful “one putt” on specially constructed greens at various stops along The European Tour. For each successful one putt made at the Madrid Masters, the Genworth Foundation makes a €1 donation to charity. Similarly, every one putt made by professionals competing in the tournament will raise €2, helping to boost the total even further.

This exclusive web video shows top golfing professionals including Sergio Garcia and Gonzalo Fernandez Castano performing big money putts and talking about the great cause that will benefit from this year’s funding, the SOS Children’s Villages.


Kwiat & Cristie Kerr design ‘Birdies For Breast Cancer Collection’

New York diamond brand Kwiat has partnered with top women’s golfer Cristie Kerr to design an exclusive collection to benefit the Birdies For Breast Cancer charity.

The partnership officially launches at the Wendy’s Challenge, which takes place at the Rio Secco Golf Club in Las Vegas on December 19th 2009 and will continue through 2010.

The Birdies For Breast Cancer Collection is inspired by Kwiat’s signature Platinum Star Collection and includes a pair of delicate drop earrings as well as a pendant of the same design.

Cristie Kerr will wear both pieces on tour through 2010. She says of the new partnership:

“I am delighted to have Kwiat join us in our mission to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer. The earrings and pendant that they created are truly stunning. Our hope is that these subtle pieces will serve as a reminder of those we have lost to the disease, and hope for the future.”

Following the launch at Wendy’s Challenge the collection will debut to the public at Kwiat’s Madison Avenue flagship boutique. The collection will later be made available at Kwiat in Las Vegas and all other Kwiat retailers.

Kwiat will be donating 10% of all proceeds directly to benefit Birdies For Cancer.

Lee Westwood takes on Golf Foundation Charity role

lee westwood top european player
lee westwood top european player

Lee Westwood has agreed to become an ambassador for the Golf Foundation Charity, the world number four will support Golf Roots, the national project that aims to improve the playing and personal skills of  all young people.

For the last eight years Westwood has supported the Golf Foundation’s ‘Charity Challenge‘ and this year he was awarded with the organisations ‘Spirit Of Golf’ award at the British Open in July.

Mike Round, chief executive of the Golf Foundation, said:

“Lee Westwood has been a great inspiration to many young golfers and we are all delighted that he has agreed to become a Golf Roots ambassador. Through his links with our charity and the clear enthusiasm he shows for junior golf, Lee has also inspired the whole team behind the Golf Roots project, which is a highly important one for the future of the game.

Golf Roots introduces golf skills and the game’s ‘skills for life’ to youngsters from all backgrounds and abilities, in schools and golf clubs and through special initiatives in city areas.”

Europe’s number one player Lee Westwood said:

“The Golf Foundation has helped thousands of youngsters, me included, over the years and I am delighted that they consider me worthy of carrying the title and their good name forward.”