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Golf | SA

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Football legends rally for charity



Football legends Kenny Dalglish and Sir Ian Wright will join in South Africa’s biggest golf charity drive at the Gary Player Invitational, presented by Coca-Cola, at the Zimbali Country Club in KwaZulu-Natal this week.

Former England international Wright makes his debut in the country’s premier charity golf tournament, while Scottish football icon Dalglish has displayed his golfing prowess in four previous appearances, but the former Liverpool coach will be looking to improve on his previous best team finish of fourth alongside tournament host Gary Player and professional Rory Sabbatini.

Wright and Dalglish, as well as American actors Angie Everhart and Bold and Beautiful star Jack Wagner, and former Westlife singer Brian McFadden, will share centre stage with some of the game’s top professionals, led by South Africa’s legendary Grand Slam winner, Player.

This year’s participants include KwaZulu-Natal’s favourite golfing son Tim Clark, a two-time SA Open champion and winner of the 2010 Players Championship, former Ryder Cup captains Sam Torrance and Ian Woosnam and Champions Tour Major winner Roger Chapman.

The Player Foundation hosts four annual charity tournaments around the world as part of the Gary Player Invitational Series. The global series, which tees off in the USA and travels to Europe and China and culminates in South Africa, has raised an astonishing R400 million worldwide and is quickly approaching the R500 million milestone on the eve of its 30th anniversary in 2013.

The Zimbali event concludes this year’s global series and closes out another recording breaking fundraising year. The South African event alone has raised over R25 million for children’s charities in this country.

Each celebrity and professional will partner two businessmen in the 36-hole tournament to make a difference in the lives of this year’s beneficiaries – the Wildlands Conservation Trust in KwaZulu-Natal and Wings and Wishes, which transports critically ill children to the Red Cross Children’s Hospital in Cape Town.

The tournament is open to the public on Saturday November 24 and Sunday November 25. Tickets are R75 a day and are available from Computicket. Entry for children under 18, accompanied by an adult, is free. The tournament starts at 10am on Saturday and at 9am on Sunday.

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