A series of charitable initiatives during Celebrity Pro-Am Day at the BMW PGA Championship 2015 at Wentworth Club ensured that Teenage Cancer Trust, the event’s Official Charity, benefitted to the tune of £35,681.
Thanks to the generosity of the professional players competing in The European Tour’s flagship event, Teenage Cancer Trust began the week by banking £24,500 from the 49 pros playing in the Celebrity Pro-Am, who all donated their £500 appearance fee to the charity.
Their amateur partners from the worlds of sport, entertainment and business, also chipped in with £2600 from the traditional ‘hit the green’ competition at the par three 14th hole over the challenging West Course.
The pros and celebrities joined forces to launch the second edition of the Mega Putt Challenge, sponsored by Scotty Cameron, which was such a success as one of the focal points of the Championship Village last year. ITV’s Bafta winner, Declan Donnelly – one half of Ant and Dec – took time out before his Pro-Am round to join fellow Geordie and footballer turned pundit Alan Shearer, to launch the 2015 version.
Extended by 12 inches to 61 feet to represent the number of PGA Championships since its inception in 1955, the Mega Putt Challenge involved ‘Dec’ and Shearer taking on Titleist staff players and Scotty Cameron putters users, Brooks Koepka and Peter Uihlein, in a ‘USA v Newcastle’ style contest with each player taking three attempts at holing the putt, a miniature replica of the first hole of the West Course.
The Tour Players Foundation, the charitable arm of The European Tour, then set the ball rolling by donating £1985 to the Mega Putt Challenge fund to acknowledge the professional and celebrity involvement in the launch. Members of the public, who donated £5 for three attempts to go into a daily draw to win a Scotty Cameron putter for a hole-in-one, also contributed £982 to Wednesday’s takings from the Challenge.
Programme donations swelled the coffers by £4,789 while finally, on a superb day for Teenage Cancer Trust’s fundraising activities, a further £1807 was raised from tournament supplier, Lindt Chocolate, who kindly decided to donate their entire day’s takings to the Official Charity.