COSTA SMERALDA INVITATIONAL 2017

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COSTA SMERALDA INVITATIONAL 2017

RUGBY STAR SCHALK BRITS TOPS HOST OF CELEBRITIES AT THE COSTA SMERALDA INVITATIONAL 2017

South African rugby ace emerges on top in Sardinian Festival of Sport – Incredible weekend climaxes with charity Gala Dinner starring Pierce Brosnan and Global Gift Foundation Ambassador Pamela Anderson 

Saracens favourite Schalk Brits proved he was just as handy with a golf club as he is with the rugby ball in Sardinia; edging out a star-studded field of celebrities at Pevero Golf Club, as part of a special festival of sport at The Costa Smeralda Invitational 2017.

After receiving some crucial tips from Solheim Cup captain Annika Sorenstam – who led a clinic before the golf event kicked off – Brits surged to victory in the Sardinian sunshine, finishing ahead of football legends Gianfranco Zola and Michael Ballack, who finished second and third respectively. Sorenstam was one of the main attractions, leading a ‘Beat The Pro’ contest, sponsored by tournament presenting partner, Salesforce.

Annika Sorenstam and Golf Team winners

Other high-profile names who took part in the golf competition included former Chelsea star Roberto Di Matteo, Premier League hitman Peter Crouch, cricket sensation Brian Lara and Hollywood star James Nesbitt. On behalf of sponsor Richard-Mille, five-time Ladies European Tour winner Diana Luna was another who made a special guest appearance.

Rugby star Schalk Brits

Whilst Brits took home the honours in the celebrity golf tournament, Navid Chamdia recorded the best score of the day, scoring an impressive 36 points over the beautiful and challenging Pevero layout.

Pat Cash

Golf wasn’t the only attraction at this year’s Costa Smeralda Invitational. The third edition of the event expanded beyond a Celeb-Am golf tournament and included a tennis tournament hosted by Wimbledon champion Pat Cash, a water-skiing challenge with fashion designer Melissa Odabash and a cycling tour.

Global Gifters Pamela Anderson

The Costa Smeralda Invitational concluded with a glitzy Gala Dinner in aid of the Global Gift Foundation, where several high-profile Global Gift Foundation Ambassadors were in attendance, including TV stars Pamela Anderson, Alesha Dixon and actor Craig McGinlay. Former James Bond actor Pierce Brosnan was another major name to don the red carpet at the stunning Cala di Volpe hotel. The dinner finished with an auction hosted by British entertainment presenter Denise Van Outen to help raise money for women, children and families in need around the world.

Pierce Brosnan

Other celebrity guests who took part in the fun-filled golf event at Pevero Golf Club were Bayern Munich legend Hasan “Brazzo” Salihamizic and Scotland rugby stars Max and Thom Evans. Sandrine Testud, the former French tennis star, British comedian Dom Joly and TV and radio personality Jamie Theakston completed a star-studded line-up.

Celebrity guest list

Annika Sorenstam and Mike McGee

Michael Ballack, Pat Cash, Schalk Brits, Roberto Di Matteo, Peter Crouch, Max Evans, Thom Evans, Dom Joly, Brian Lara, Diana Luna (on behalf of Richard-Mille), James Nesbitt, Hasan Salihamizic, Annika Sorenstam, Sandrine Testud, Jamie Theakston, Denise Van Outen, Gianfranco Zola Global Gifters Pamela Anderson, Alesha Dixon, Craig McGinlay.

Solheim Cup captain Annika Sorenstam and Scotland rugby star Thom Evans