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Laguna Phuket invites ESPN STAR Sports to Play Golf for Charity

Media Release
06-Mar-2009

Presenters from ESPN STAR Sports (ESS) will visit Laguna Phuket during 27 - 29 March to support its corporate social responsibility initiative to raise awareness for the Special Olympics Thailand and benefit aspiring athletes aiming to participate in the Southern Regional Games in June.


This month’s event follows the success of last year’s Charity Golf Tournament and Dinner in July 2008, where THB 750,000 was raised, with the help of ESPN STAR Sports’ presenters, and donated to improve conditions at an underprivileged school in neighbouring Phang-nga province.


This year’s event proceeds will support the southern regional Special Olympics teams with particular focus on the Phuket team. The support from Laguna Phuket will provide more opportunities for students to take part and help ensure that aspiring athletes from this region have a chance to compete in the national and potentially World Special Olympic Games.


The line-up of ESS presenters and pundits visiting Laguna Phuket include ESPN’s Football Focus’ presenter John Dykes and Andrew Leci of Football Forecast. They will be joined by resident football analyst Steve McMahon, former Liverpool midfielder and England international, , football experts ex-Birmingham City’s Paul Masefield; former Malaysian national player Shebby Singh and former Hong Kong Rangers footballer Derek Currie. Also joining the line-up is ESPN SportsCenter anchors Christy Simpson and Colette Wong. STAR Sports’ presenters Andy Penders and Jamie Yeo from Nokia Football Crazy’s, and football analyst PJ Roberts., will be at the event with Score Tonight’s Debbie Lin and Georgina Chang from the tennis magazine
programme ACE.


Newcomer to the event McMahon, will be playing in the golf tournament on Saturday 28 March at Laguna Phuket Golf Club, and be a guest speaker at the fundraising dinner at Sheraton Grande Laguna Phuket. Fans will have the opportunity to meet the ESS team and donate to a worthy cause at the same time. For those not participating in the golf tournament, dinner tickets can be purchased for THB2500 per person including wine and sponsored Kingfisher Beer. On Sunday 29 March the presenters will be attending a ‘Football Fun Day’ at the British International School, where they will conduct football clinics for students and Special Olympics
athletes and have a friendly match kicking off at 11am.


To enter the golf tournament, (a four-person Texas Scramble format), golfers may choose either a Corporate or Standard Team Package. The Corporate Team Package, priced at THB 30,000, entitles three golfers to play in a team with an ESS presenter/pundit. The Standard Team Package, available at THB 28,000, is for a team of four golfers. Both packages include green fees, caddy fees, snacks and drinks prior to tee-off; dinner tickets; prizes; logo on event banners and backdrops. Co-Sponsor and Non-Golfing sponsorship packages inclusive of dinner tickets are also available. Dinner only tickets are priced at THB 2,500 per person, inclusive of wine and beer. Golf Team Packages and dinner tickets will be sold at the Laguna Phuket Golf Club proshop, tel. +66 76 324 374.