Prince Albert came to cheer the competitors
The first edition of the Princess of Monaco Cup took place at the Monte-Carlo Golf Club under beautiful blue skies on October 3, 2019, in the presence of Prince Albert II and Gareth Wittstock, General Secretary of the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation.
The Euro 330,000 raised through this solidarity sportive event sponsored by Richard Mille, will support a part of the renovation works of the Princesse Charlène de Monaco municipal swimming pool of La Turbie and a swimming program at Awutu-Winton High School in Ghana.
The ambassadors of the Princess’ Foundation, Charles Leclerc (F1) and Bjorn Maaseide (Beach Volley), were joined by other athletes as leaders of the 18 teams composed of 3 players each: José Cobos (football), David Coulthard (F1), Jérôme d’Ambrosio (Formula E), Richard Dunne (football), Mika Hakkinen (F1), Rudi Keil (rugby), Juandre Kruger (rugby), Tony Lloyd (golf), Diana Luna (golf), Caroline Mohr (golf), Percy Montgomery (rugby), Gilles Panizzi (rally), Stiliyan Petrov (football), Sophie Sandolo (golf), David Tanner (cycling), Mark Webber (F1).
The 18 teams played on a Scramble format, an unofficial and very friendly form of the game that is not covered under the official Rules of Golf. Two or more players form a team, with the rules emphasizing fun without the pressure of players keeping individual scores. Each player hits a tee shot on each hole, but everyone plays from the spot of the best shot, subject to certain criteria. Rules for playing in a scramble are informal, with tournament organizers modifying basic rules as they wish. For example, organizers may require a group to select each player’s tee shot at least twice. Starting from of the 18 holes, each player of the team plays a ball, and the team will choose which ball is in the best position
The trophy winners
The Power Properties team, led by M. David Tanner, claimed the first place on the podium. The teams Amalgam and Serenity lead by Diana Luna and Juandre Kruger, reached the second and the third place respectively.
(Photo: Eddie Jordan, David Tanner and members of Power Properties team, Michael Wittstock & Prince Albert II @Eric Mathon/Palais Princier)
The Official Draw
The official draw pairing the athletes to the sponsoring teams had been organized on Wednesday, October 2, at the Yacht Club of Monaco. Eddie Jordan, accompanied by Victoria Silvstedt, was hilarious as the super Master of Ceremonies, emphasizing the importance of this first edition of the charity golf tournament in raising funds for the different programs carried out by the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation. After the draw everybody was treated to a festive cocktail party.
Princess of Monaco Cup Partners
The Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation gives heartfelt thanks to its generous partners that made this event possible.
Saving lives by putting an end to drowning
Launched back on December 14, 2012, the primary objective of the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation is to save lives by putting an end to drowning.Its mission is to raise public awareness about the dangers of water, teach children preventive measures and teach them to swim.
The World Health Organization estimated that 360,000 people drowned worldwide in 2015 (1):
- – More than 40 fatalities every hour
- – More than half the victims are under the age of 25
- – Children under the age of 5 are the most affected
When a drowning is non-fatal, often the victim is left with severe aftereffects, in particular neurological.
A number of “Learn to Swim” and “Water Safety” programs have been implemented around the world in order to fight against this scourge.
The Foundation’s actions are also based on the values of sport such as discipline, self-respect and respect for others, determination and team spirit.
The Sport and Education program uses sporting activities as tools to contribute to the wellbeing and development for all children no matter their origin or circumstances.
Since the Foundation’s creations more than 590,000 people, mainly children, have benefited from these three programs in 34 countries. (2)
(1) Reproduced with the publisher’s permission – Fact Sheet N°347, May 2017, published by the World Health Organization
(2) Australia, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Canada, Chile, Dominican Republic, Fiji, France, Gabon, Ghana, Greece, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malaysia, Monaco, Morocco, Nepal, Nicaragua, Peru, Philippines, Senegal, Serbia, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, U.S.A., Vietnam and Zimbabwe.
“Good actions give strength to ourselves and inspire good actions in others.” Plato