As The Race to Dubai moved towards a thrilling climax on Sunday, every birdie and eagle made by the 56-strong field in the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, benefitted the Special Needs Families Group in Dubai to the tune of $8.400 after round one.
In all, 164 birdies were made at $50 each along with a pair of eagles, worth $100 each during the first day’s play at Jumeirah Golf Estates, in the Birdie Pledge which sees all proceeds go to the SNF Group, which has been supported by the Championship and the charitable arm of The European Tour, the Tour Players Foundation.
Lesley Khan, Annabel Sauvignan and Natasha Fichardt from The European Tour Wives Association hosted a number of the students at Jumeirah Golf Estates, with Simon Khan, Gregory Bourdy and Felipe Aguilar joining the group for golf-specific arts and crafts activities following a picnic in the championship village.
The group were also joined by Tour Players Foundation Trustee, Jonathan Orrand European Tour Executive Richard Hills for a photocall with the players, their wives and the students who thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to mingle with some of the leading Tour professionals.
With $50 for every birdie, $100 for every eagle and $500 for that rarest of birds – an albatross – counting towards a very worthy local charitable cause, the SNF Group should benefit from in excess of $35,000 by the time The Race to Dubai champion is identified on Sunday afternoon.