News Digest - 28/09/2007

US Amateur Champion Colt Knost continues his fantastic year while Ian Woosnam is offering a once in a lifetime chance to caddy for him at Augusta.

Knost wins Inaugural McCormack Medal

Colt Knost of Pilot Point, Texas, is the inaugural winner of the Mark McCormack Medal. As the No 1 player in the R&A World Amateur Golf Ranking at the end of Week 38, Knost is the winner of the award for 2007. He has enjoyed a successful summer in the amateur game, winning both the US Amateur Public Links Championship and the US Amateur Championship this year.

Knost was part of the winning United States Walker Cup team at Royal County Down, where he was the only player to go without a defeat in all four matches

The Mark H McCormack Medal was introduced earlier this year to recognise Amateur Golf?s leading players.

London Air Ambulance Annual Charity Golf Challenge

London Air Ambulance is inviting golfing enthusiasts to their annual charity golf challenge at Foxhills Club & Resort in Surrey on Monday 1st October.

This exciting event will raise money for the London Air Ambulance, a registered charity.

Enter into a four ball with friends or go it alone and be in with a chance of winning some fantastic on course prizes such as an Alfa Romeo Spider and a golfing holiday for two to Portugal. This day at Foxhills offers top quality golfing greens built on the beautiful well-forested terrain of the Surrey-Berkshire border country and finishes with a Champagne Reception and three course dinner. Tickets start from £200+Vat for individual players.

So come on?club together and raise some money for a good cause, this will be one golfing extravaganza not to be missed!

For more information on this event please contact:

Beth Milsom, Abbie Ting or Louisa Herbert at Publicasity on

020 7632 2400, ating@publicasity or or visit

Men Vs Women

On Sunday September 23rd, four of the UK?s leading golfers swung by The Luffenham Heath Golf Club in Rutland, for a thrilling battle of the sexes fourball match, featuring top class shot-making and numerous birdies, the match went all the way to the 18th hole and ended up a 1-up victory to the men who finished with a better-ball score of 64 (six-under par) to the women?s 65.

The battle of the sexes thriller was between Britain?s most successful amateur golfer Gary Wolstenholme, from Leicestershire, and England international Stephen Lewton who took on Ladies European Tour Winner Rebecca Hudson and English women?s international Emma Duggleby around a newly extended and upgraded course, ranked among the UK?s top 120 courses.

UK Celebrities help Glendales Charity Cause

Glendales Golf charity day was hosted by former England Rugby star, Tim Stimpson at Richmond Park Golf Course on 14th September raising 5,000 for UK children?s charity Sparks.

Tim Stimpson captained a team of celebrities around an 18-hole golf course along with comedian Joe Goodman and former cricketer Roger Tolchard.

Fourteen teams took part in the day and funds were raised through team entry fees and a charity raffle at the event.

All proceeds from the event went to Glendale Golf?s official charity, Sparks, who fund pioneering research that impacts the life of babies and children. Their aim is to enable all babies to be born healthy and stay healthy. Sparks goal is to fund vital research into different areas affecting babies throughout the UK.

The ?Master? of all caddying experiences

Masters and Ryder Cup legend, Ian Woosnam, is offering a once in a lifetime chance for one lucky individual to caddy for him on the Par 3 course at The 2008 Masters in Augusta.

Ian Woosnam, Ambassador for Welsh golf, is donating this opportunity in support of Welsh cancer charity Tenovus, the official charity to Ryder Cup Wales 2010 Ltd, which will be auctioned off next month to the highest bidder at the Ryder Cup Annual Gala and Awards Dinner on Thursday, 25th October.

Ian Woosnam is confident that golf fans will be interested in the prospect of attending such a prestigious event and sharing the experience with him

Claudia McVie, Chief Executive of Tenovus, is delighted that money raised as a result of the auction, together with various other fundraising activities, will have a lasting effect for the people of Wales and she also went on to thank Ian Woosnam

HSBC Match Play

The field for the HSBC World Match Play Championship has now been confirmed, Henrik Stenson and Soren Hansen have secured the final two places in the field as the leading two European Tour players

The following players have qualified and accepted their invitations to complete the largest prize in golf of £1 million at the West Course of the Wentworth Club 11-14 October:

Defending Champion: 1.Paul Casey,

2007 HSBC Major Championship Ranking: 2. Padraig Harrington (IRE),

3. Angel Cabrera (ARG), 4. Ernie Els (SA), 5. Woody Austin (USA),

6. Justin Rose (ENG), 7. Retief Goosen (SA), 8. Rory Sabbatini (SA),

9. Jerry Kelly (USA), 10. Andres Romero (ARG), 11. Niclas Fasth (SWE),

12. Hunter Mahan (USA)

HSBC European Tournaments Ranking: 13. Anders Hansen (DEN),

14. Colin Montgomerie (SCO)

Now in its 44th year, the tournament is now officially sanctioned by the European Tour with the results counting towards the European Tour Order of Merit and Official World Golf Ranking Points. Total prize money will be £2,440,000.

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