The Seve Ballesteros Foundation will be the chosen charity for this month’s BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth Club.
Ballesteros sadly passed away today, aged 54, after a brave battle since being diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2008. The announcement that his foundation would be the official charity of The BMW PGA Championship was made last month as a fitting celebration for the 20th anniversary of the great Spaniard’s last victories at the famous Surrey venue.
Seve Ballesteros, who mastered Wentworth’s West Course in 1991 to secure his second PGA Championship, beating Colin Montgomerie in a play-off, and the World Match Play Championship with a 3 and 2 victory over Nick Price, launched his Foundation in 2009, a year after being diagnosed with a brain tumour.
In partnership with Cancer Research UK, the Seve Ballesteros Foundation (SBF) aims to help others with the disease and fund research to improve treatments. In its first year the Foundation raised more than £700,000 which has been invested in life-saving research.
The European Tour players requested through the Tour Players Foundation, the charitable arm of The European Tour, that his charity is supported at the Tour’s flagship event and throughout the week, fundraising activity will be taking place to benefit the SBF.
An invitational fundraising event called Olé Seve! will take place on Monday May 23, hosted by Wentworth Club owner Richard Caring and George O’Grady, The European Tour Chief Executive. The event will feature 24 teams in a shot-gun Pro-Am, followed by a cocktail party and charity auction.
The fundraising will continue with a Hit the Green competition during the Wednesday Pro-Am preceding the BMW PGA Championship, and throughout the week spectators will be asked to make donations to the SBF in exchange for the Official Championship Programme and daily Draw Sheet. Donations will be matched by the Tour Players Foundation, encouraging spectators to give generously.