Celebrity Cup line-up announced

Montgomerie reveals Golf Live spectacle

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Tue, 19 Feb 2013

Celebrity Cup line-up announced

Colin Montgomerie has chosen the first stars to compete in the brand new Celebrity Cup, a new addition to Golf Live which this year takes place at The Celtic Manor.

The victorious 2010 Ryder Cup captain will oversee teams of celebrities from the worlds of sport and showbiz competing for England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales in the four nations tournament.  

Five-time Olympic gold medallist Sir Steve Redgrave and model and TV personality Jodie Kidd are the first names inked on the England team sheet, while the Welsh challenge tees off with BAFTA nominated actor and comedian Rob Brydon and TV presenter Gethin Jones.

Scotland’s first two selections are a pair of sporting greats in former British Lions captain Gavin Hastings and Liverpool Football Club legend Kenny Dalglish, while Boyzone singer and soap actor Keith Duffy is the first player to line up on the Irish side. 

With more big names to be announced in the coming weeks, The Celebrity Cup will see teams of six going head to head in a round-robin competition at the event - held between Friday May 10 and Sunday May 12 - culminating in a grand final on the Sunday afternoon.

Montgomerie said: “I know what it’s like to be involved in a big team event at Celtic Manor so I’ve picked some players who I think can handle the pressure.

“These guys are really up for the challenge and it’s shaping up to be a highly competitive but fun-packed tournament.

“There is no other event like it in golf, and for golfers to be given the chance to come along and see the interaction between the pros, the coaches and the general public and now the celebrities is fantastic.”

The Celebrity Cup will allow spectators to get up close to the stars outside of their regular sporting and entertainment comfort zones and includes a glittering gala dinner on Saturday night.

Money raised from the Celebrity Cup will be donated to the Elizabeth Montgomerie Foundation, founded in memory of Montgomerie’s mother who died of lung cancer.

Tickets are available at early bird discounts from £10 for adults and £5 for children until March 15, and hospitality packages start from £150 including VAT. For more information visit www.golfliveevent.com

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