Article first published in Forbes Monaco July 2022/ August 22.
The St. Moritz Celebrity Golf Cup returned for a second edition June 26-28. The spinoff of the biannual Monaco-U.S.
Celebrity tournament in support of the Ryder Cup European Development Trust had an impressive line-up of players from the sports, film and entertainment industries, each wearing the colors of Ukraine on Day One of the competition.
The tournament’s auction and black-tie gala at Badrutt’s Palace Hotel raised ¤150,000 to support the Golfers for Ukraine initiative and the Wladimir Klitschko Foundation. Klitschko, a pro boxer who played in the 2021 Monaco-U.S. edition (pictured), was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Both he and his brother, Vitali, the mayor of Kyiv, have pledged to fight to protect Ukraine’s capital. In February, Klitschko joined the Kyiv Territorial Defense Brigade, part of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. He donated to the auction “Dinner with Klitschko” redeemable when “the war ends and if he makes it through this.” “Since Wladimir is currently fighting in the war with his brother and could not play in our 2022 St. Moritz golf event, it was the right thing to do to support and honor his sacrifice for the people of his country,” said Susan Feaster, founder and organizer of both the Monaco-U.S. and St. Moritz tournaments. “Wladimir received the 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award for his unselfish bravery and joined us remotely from the frontlines. The bidding continued after tears were wiped away from his moving speech.”
Team Europe defended its title against Team USA at Switzerland’s oldest and most prestigious club, Engadine Golf Club, some 1,700 meters above sea level and home to two 18-hole championship courses in Samedan and Zuoz-Madulain.
Monaco was represented by Pablo Roemmers (pharmaceuticals), Keith Chapman (creator Bob the Builder and Paw Patrol), Remy Bersier (chairman of Bank Julius Baer Monaco), Graham Halsall (chairman Jewel Estates Monaco), Roberto Giorgi (honorary chairman of Fraser Yachts), Jose Marco “Pepe” Casellini (CEO Monaco Marina Management) and Joe Strubel (senior advisor and board member SphereInvest Group).
“We had several new NFL players on the celebrity Team USA this year, including brothers Josh and Jacob Martin,” added Feaster. “As well, President Obama’s deputy chief of staff and golf partner, Maurice Owens, donated several golf items of the former president for the auction to support the people of Ukraine.”