Event Details

Members of the ESPN STAR Sports (ESS) football broadcasting team visited Laguna Phuket to participate in a charity golf tournament and dinner to support Laguna’s CSR initiative to improve conditions at underprivileged schools in neighbouring Phang-nga province. The golf tournament took place at the Laguna Phuket Golf Club.

The event proceeds will be spent upgrading and improving the heath and safety standards of a poor school in Phang-nga province that is in desperate need of renovation. This project has been identified and researched by the Laguna Phuket Social Committee, who manage the company’s CSR activities.

The line-up of ESS presenters and pundits who visited Laguna Phuket include:

  • Andy Penders (Football Crazy)
  • PJ Roberts (Football Crazy)
  • John Dykes (Football Focus)
  • Andrew Leci (Here We Go)
  • Paul Masefield (ex-Birmingham City player, in-house football expert)
  • Shebby Singh (Malaysian ex-footballer and renowned sports commentator)
  • Derek Currie (former Hong Kong Rangers footballer)
  • Drinie Aguilar (Game, Engine Block)
  • Ally Begg (Score Tonight, STAR Soccer Saturday)

In addition, Peter Withe played in the tournament and attended as a guest speaker during the Charity Dinner.

Fans had the opportunity to meet the ESS team either during the golf tournament or charity dinner and donate to a worthy cause at the same time.

ESPN STAR Sports Charity Golf TournamentESPN STAR Sports Charity Golf TournamentESPN STAR Sports Charity Golf Tournament
John DykesDrinie AguilarAndy Penders Andrew Leci

Tournament Results

Trophies for the 2008 ESPN Star Sports Charity Golf Tournament were handed out during the charity dinner held on the evening of Saturday 26 July.  

For more pictures of the charity dinner, please browse the image gallery (link to image gallery)

Major Prizes

4 Person Team Event Winning Team Result
Runners Up Team TEAM RADI
Thomas Engstrom
Per Engelov
Ally Beg
Surin Bamrungphol

Gross       63
Handicap 7.3
Nett        55.7
Gross Winners Team King Fisher Beer 1
Anthony Franklin
Edward Powis
Paul Ahern
Peter Withe

On Count Back

Gross       63
Winning Team TEAM PEGS
Liam Stewart
John Marinko
Geoff Smith
Lindsay Wallace

Gross       57
Handicap 5.5
Nett        51.5

Novelty Prizes

Nearest the Pin


Hole 3

 Ronan Hall

Hole 7

 Liam Stewart

Hole 11

 Barry Murrihy

Hole 13

 Martin Carpenter

Hole 16

 Evan Burford



Long Drive - Hole 15



 Anthony Franklin


 Narelle Mc Dougall



Straight Drive - Hole 4



 Andy Tait

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Charity Details

The ESPN STAR Sports (ESS) football broadcasting team visited Laguna Phuket on 25-27 July to:

Raise approximately THB 750,000 to support a charitable cause / CSR initiative:

The Laguna Phuket Social Committee have identified and researched a school in Phang Nga Province, Ban Klongsai School, which is in desperate need of renovation works to improve hygiene and safety standards.

  • Constructed in 1975, the school premises have fallen prey to damage by seasonal flooding, termites and general age.
  • Roofs and support structures are weakening and are at risk of collapse.
  • There is one functional toilet for use by all 102 students and 9 teachers and administrative staff.
  • The school library lacks even basic reading materials.
  • The computer and media room lacks working equipment.
  • Exposed electrical wiring and outlets pose a serious safety risk to the students.

The Laguna Social Committee aims to establish an ongoing initiative to support under-funded schools. Laguna will oversee the work required and arrange for our own employees to have ‘hands-on’ personal involvement in the renovation projects.


‘Developing Sustainable Communities’

Laguna Phuket is a community nestled within a community – a network of hotels, residential properties, restaurants, services and leisure facilities that provides a wealth of jobs, and a consummate lifestyle for local, regional and international audiences. In delivering this service a focus on triple bottom line performance touches all our stakeholders in our quest to deliver environmental and social benefits alongside a corresponding increase in economic performance. Our integration with the local society creates memorable, vibrant experiences for guests and staff whilst synchronously developing relationships, security and a model for sustainable tourism.

Charity Auction


During the Charity Dinner on 26 July, guests had an opportunity to bid in both Live and Silent auctions for signed sports and entertainment memorabilia plus other prizes. All proceeds will go towards the Ban Klongsai School restoration project.

The following is a list of items which were available in the charity auction:

  • 2 pairs of match tickets for 08/09 Premier League Games
  • 2 Tickets to SingFest on 2&3 Aug + 2 return HKT-SIN flights & 2-nts at Mandarin Oriental.  Asia's premier music festival features Simple Plan, Travis, Lostprophets, Crowned King, New Found Glory, Melanie Subono + more. Winner can meet with the star of their choice on both days!
  • 2 Tickets to the FA Community Shield match: Manchester United Vs Portsmouth at Wembly Stadium on 10 Aug 08 
  • 2 Behind the Scenes Passes to the filming of Super Sunday + 2-nts at the St. Regis Singapore
  • 2-nts in a 2-bdrm Banyan Tree DoublePool Villa inc. in-villa breakfast & in-villa BBQ for 4 pax + 3-hr Tranquility Hydro Mist spa session for 2 pax.
  • Manchester United signed, 2007/08 team Jersey, winners of Premier League.
  • Rolling Stones signed Fender Electric Guitar.
  • Tiger Woods signed and framed US Masters Flag.
  • Andrew "Freddie" Flintoff signed and framed action photo.
  • 007 James Bond - the hottest yet! Daniel Craig Casino Royale signed and framed pic
  • Carl Lewis signed and framed 2 photo piece. He is maybe the Greatest Track & Field star ever known!
  • Cristiano Ronaldo signed and framed 2 photo piece, Portugal and Manchester United Megastar!
  • David Beckham signed and framed jersey. Incredible value for the World's hottest star - LA GALAXY!!
  • Fernando Alonso signed F1 Renault 2 photo piece of 2005, 2006 World Champ!
  • Italy Jersey signed by the 2006 World Cup winning squad. Beautifully framed & extremely rare
  • Jack Nicklaus signed, framed triple photo piece. 'Golden Bear' 16 times Major winner
  • John Terry signed and framed Boot! Chelsea and English Superstar!
  • Lance Armstrong signed very large photo, winning his record breaking 7th Tour de France!
  • Mark Ella signed and framed photo. The originator of the Running Rugby game
  • Michael Jordan signed, framed triple photo piece! 6 World Championships and the Greatest Player of All-Time!
  • Michael Schumacher signed and framed triple photo piece. 7 Times World Champions!
  • Muhammad Ali framed Boxing Glove. Fantastic Box frame, hand signed by 'The Greatest'!
  • Padraig Harrington signed and framed Irish Golf Champion. Winner of the British Open in 2007!
  • PELE signed, framed original 1960's Jersey. Just 250 made, w/photo of Pele signing! Nearly Sold Out
  • Rafael Nadal signed and framed 2 photo piece. Winner of an amazing THREE French Opens in a row!
  • Robbie Fowler signed and framed photograph. English Soccer Superstar.
  • Steven Gerrard signed and framed photo. The Liverpool Captain and Heart of England team
  • Vijay Singh signed photograph. One of golfing's best!
  • Banyan Tree Phuket's Executive Chef to cook dinner for 6 people in your own home inc. food for set menu & 1 waiter

Manchester United signed, 2007/08 team Jersey, winners of    Premier League & dethroned Chelsea!
Manchester United signed,
2007/08 team Jersey
Rolling Stones    signed Fender Electric Guitar. The best item we have! Jagger, Richards,    Watts, Wood
Rolling Stones signed
Fender Electric GuitarTiger Woods signed and framed US Masters Flag. Incredibly close to another Masters Win in 2008!
Tiger Woods signed
and framed US Masters Flag
Some of the wonderful items available for auction during the Charity Dinner


Pledge Your Support

Ban Klongsai School

The students of Ban Klongsai School need your help.

The ESS Celebrity Golf Tournament and Dinner is intended to raise money to help restore the Ban Klongsai School in Phang Nga province.  Everyone’s help is needed as the total funds required to complete all renovation works is approximately 3 million Baht. 

If you were unable to attend the  main charity event on 26 July 2008, it is still possible to get involved with the reconstruction of the school by pledging a donation.

Please fill out the form below with your contact information and pledge amount.  Laguna Phuket will contact you with details on how to submit your pledge.

Laguna Phuket, Laguna Phuket Golf Club, ESPN STAR Sports, the children of Ban Klongsai School and their families all thank you for your support.

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Celebrity Golfers:   Peter WitheJohn DykesDrinie AguilarAndrew LeciAndy PendersPaul Masefield
Shebby SinghAlly BeggPJ RobertsDerek Currie
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