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Nelson Mandela Invitational Tees Off
Nov 14, 2003 | Filed Under: The Player Foundation
ARABELLA GOLF ESTATE, SOUTH AFRICA (14 November 2003) - The Nelson Mandela Invitational tees off today with a Pro-Am in which celebrities, businessmen, media and sponsors’ guests will join forces with top golfers to play on the highly acclaimed course at Arabella Country Estate near Hermanus in the Western Cape of South Africa.
The Nelson Mandela Invitational presented by Coca-Cola and hosted by Gary Player is fast becoming South Africa’s premier charity event. Over the past three years, more than R5 million has been raised for the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund and the Gary Player Foundation - both of which provide support structures and initiatives that improve the lives of the children and youth of South Africa.
The Nelson Mandela Invitational features an exclusive 32-man field comprising eight fourballs. Each fourball consists of a senior professional, a regular tour professional, a celebrity and a businessman who compete against each other in a Fourball Alliance, two scores to count, format over 36 holes, with 18 holes being played each day.
In addition, the regular and senior tour professionals in each fourball team up and play betterball medal over 36 holes for a winner-takes-all check for R250 000.
South African golfers Tim Clark, Hennie Otto, Irvin Mosate, Charl Schwartzel , Richard Sterne, Omar Sandys and Scotland’s Andrew Coltart and England’s Lee Westwood form the eight members of the regular tour professional section of the field. The senior professionals are Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, New Zealand’s Bob Charles, Simon Hobday, Hugh Baiocchi, John Bland, Mokgeteng Mashego, Vincent Tshabalala and John Fourie.
Celebrities Samuel L. Jackson, Jodie Kidd, Danny Sullivan, Barry Richards, Leonard Thomas, Alec Stewart, Bob Skinstad and Mark Boucher are joined by businessmen Carl Ware, Peter Hughes, Doug Jackson, Zanosi Kunene, Ross Calder, Thomas Steinmetz, Hugh Connerty, Peter Vundla and Johann Rupert.
This will be the first time that Arabella will host the event and the estate’s staff have worked around the clock to have everything in superb condition. Director of Golf John Bumpsteed summed up the feelings of the Arabella staff: “This is without doubt the most exciting event I have ever had the privilege of being involved in.”
Tournament host Gary Player who arrived yesterday was in an exuberant mood having completed his first look at the course: “We couldn’t hope to play a better golf course. The condition is magnificent, the views spectacular. This is paradise.”