Charity named partner of major golf tournament

Graham Wylie and golfer Lee Westwood.
Graham Wylie and golfer Lee Westwood.

A good cause has been named charity partner of a major golf tournament heading to the region in the autumn.

The Graham Wylie Foundation has been appointed as the Official Charity Partner of the 2017 British Masters, supported by Sky Sports, which will take at Close House from Thursday, September 28, to Sunday, October 1.

Tournament host Lee Westwood has also become a Patron of the Foundation – joining AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson.

Various fund-raising efforts will be implemented in the lead up to the event with a number of initiatives taking place during the tournament week, including the Hero Pro-Am on Wednesday, September 27, with ticketing revenue from the day donated to the Foundation.

Golf fans can now book their tickets to see celebrities and professional golfers in action at the Hero Pro-Am from £15 here, with general sale tickets and hospitality packages also available online.

Foundation founder Graham Wylie said: “I’m immensely proud.

“It’s great for the golf club – we love our sport in Newcastle – so to have a big event like the British Masters here is brilliant for the region and I can’t wait to see some of the best golfers in the world at Close House.

“Lee has been the Tour professional for Close House for many years. We have a great friendship going so the fact that we have the golf coming here for the British Masters, we thought it would be appropriate to ask Lee to be a Patron of the Foundation and to assist us in raising money to help educate and inspire children in the North East.

“The defining moment was when my daughter had to have heart surgery seven years ago and that’s when I decided to start to have a look at my own charity. I have been very lucky myself in business and in life, and I wanted to give something back.

“One of the projects we are going to do is build a music therapy room in Newcastle. I’m going to donate the building and we will raise money for the refurbishment and to fit out, and then it will be used for disadvantaged or disabled children to get a better quality of life through music.”

Westwood, who has been Close House’s Touring Professional since 2011, said: “I am extremely honoured to be asked to become a Patron of the charitable Foundation.

“Graham is well known for his charitable work in the North East and I’m keen to help the Foundation flourish both with the help of the British Masters and well into the future.

“The charity is there to help and inspire children and to give people a more optimistic and better future. I’m sure a lot of people will come along.”

Hospitality packages for The Colt Pavilion are also available for the British Masters supported by Sky Sports. Prices for The Colt Pavilion, which will overlook the 18th hole at Close House, start at £275 + VAT.

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