Monaco-St Moritz Celebrity Golf Tournament Plays For Ukraine, Honors Klitschko

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Nancy Heslin   Forbes Monaco

Monaco-St Moritz Celebrity Golf Tournament Plays For Ukraine, Honors Klitschko

Wladimir Klitschko. Photo: Nicolas Gavet

The St. Moritz Celebrity Golf Cup returns for a second edition. The spinoff of the biannual Monaco-U.S. Celebrity Golf Cup in support of the Ryder Cup European Development Trust takes place this week with a line-up of players from the sports, film and entertainment industries.

Each celebrity and amateur player will wear the colors of Ukraine with a Ukrainian flag on their shirts on Day One of the competition. All proceeds from the tournament’s auction and black-tie gala at Badrutt’s Palace Hotel will support the Golfers for Ukraine initiative and the Wladimir Klitschko Foundation. Klitschko, a pro boxer who played in the 2021 U.S.-Monaco edition, will be 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 and in February, Klitschko joined the Kyiv Territorial Defense Brigade, part of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

“Since Wladimir is currently fighting in the war with his brother and cannot 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,” Cup founder Susan Feaster tells Forbes Monaco. “Wladimir will receive the 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award for his unselfish bravery and will join us remotely from the frontlines to receive his award and our gratitude for his service.”

The St. Moritz Celebrity Golf Cup plays from June 26 to 28. Team Europe will defend 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 players include 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).

Scottish rugby players Thom and Max Evans, former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel and Argentinian football icon Gabriel Batistuta will play for Europe. And on the American side, the Golf Whisperer Jerry King, Jacob Martin (New York Jets defense) and former NFL kicker, Josh Scobee who holds the record for longest drive at the tournament, will round off the team.

“We have several new NFL players on the celebrity Team USA this year including brothers Josh and Jacob Martin,” Feaster points out, “as well as President Obama’s deputy chief of staff and golf partner Maurice Owens, who will be donating several golf items of the former president for the auction to support the people of Ukraine.”

The Monaco-U.S. Celebrity Golf Cup was founded and is organized by chairman Susan Feaster, who was recruited by Pascal Grizot, Chairman of Ryder Cup France 2018, to promote and recruit U.S. partners for the Paris event. Both the Monaco and St Moritz editions are in partnership with the charitable arm of the Ryder Cup—the Ryder Cup European Development Trust—and benefit the Prince Albert II Foundation.

Since its formation in 2004, the Trust has supported over 40 projects in 40 countries with a fund in the region of €3.5 million being awarded to projects ranging from free lessons at European Tour events, disabled golf initiatives and junior and educational programs.

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Nancy Heslin   Forbes Monaco

Nancy Heslin is an established journalist and lifestyle writer. She has been the Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Monaco magazine (bimonthly in English) , since the magazine's 2nd issue . Launched in November 2018, Forbes Monaco is part of the Forbes family, with its 7 million readers and 71 million monthly website visitors worldwide.