While most PGA and LPGA participants effortlessly navigated their way around the Gary Player designed GlenArbor Golf Club at the Berenberg Gary Player Invitational on October 2, some found a new level of competition when the Black Knight challenged participants to the event’s first-ever Tongue Twister Challenge.
Joining the 18-time Major Champion earlier this week in Bedford Hills, NY for a star-studded session of golf was Presidents Cup player Branden Grace, eight-time Major winner Tom Watson; six-time Major winner Lee Trevino; Masters Champions Bernhard Langer, Mark O’Meara, Trevor Immelman, Larry Mize and Mike Weir; and 19-time winner on the LPGA Tour, Cristie Kerr. Other participants included Morgan Pressel, Bill Haas, Jay Haas, Billy Horschel, Tom Lehman, Jeff Sluman, Juli Inkster, Alison Lee, Hunter Mahan, Chris DiMarco, Kristy McPherson, Gerina Piller, Nicole Hage, Mallory Blackwelder, Victoria Elizabeth, Victoria Lovelady, Briana Mao, Ginger Howard, Blair O’Neal and Alexandra O’Laughlin.
Participants were asked to pronounce holes along the course named after wild animals native to Player’s homeland, South Africa. Though the players breezed through the first hole “impala,” several fumbled with words such as “duiker,” “nyala,” “gemsbok,” “wildebeest,” “tsessebee” and “rooi hartebeest.”
Fellow South African Branden Grace helped facilitate and moderate responses from teammate, LPGA player and model Blair O’Neal.
The Tongue Twister Challenge added yet another special element of fun to a great day on the golf course. The Berenberg Gary Player Invitational is the most successful charity golf event in the world, and aided The Player Foundation in reaching its goal of raising $100 million for charities worldwide by 2025.
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