The golf tournament taking place at Costa Navarino 21-24 February 2018, will be supporting the “SOS Children's Villages” Charity Association
A week to go until the international golf tournament Messinia Pro-Am organized by Costa Navarino, takes place 21-24 February in Messinia, Greece.
Amateurs and professionals from 21 countries and four different continents are joining the competition, which is is expected to be higher than last year, as more than half of the participants are European Tour Players.
Besides top professional golfers participating, three names will draw the attention at the tournament. Scottish golfer Gordon Brand Jr, former basketball legend Joe Arlauckas and one of Scotland's former rugby players and golf enthusiast Thom Evans, will join the event.
Gordon Brand Jr belongs to the golfing elite with many tournament entries, counting 8 wins at the European Tour, 2 wins at the European Senior Tour and 2 wins at the Ryder Cup. Former basketball star Joe Arlauckas enjoys golf as an amateur player and counts many titles in his basketball career, a highlight being the European Championship in 1995 with Real Madrid.
The 2nd Messinia Pro-Am will be supporting the SOS Children's Villages Greece Charity Association, in two ways: a) On the second day of the tournament, the charity Bowling game “A good cause to STRIKE”, will offer players of the tournament the opportunity to play twice. For the total number of pins knocked down, an equal amount of money will be donated to the “SOS Children's Villages” by Captain Vassilis & Carmen Konstantakopoulos Foundation; b) Throughout the tournament, online donations can be made through the website of the Messinia Pro-Am.
The teams will be competing for the 2nd biggest prize fund given in golf tournaments in Europe. The total amount to be distributed is €50,000. The tournament will also award the top 5 best-performing teams, the 3 best professional golfers, while a hole-in-one award will also be given this year. Moreover, for the first time this year, golfers will be able to get real-time updates on team and individual scores, even on their golf buggies, with the Messinia Pro-Am new live score service.
This year’s event programme has numerous surprises for the golfers, including three thematic social events with live music. The “All That Jazz” Welcome Cocktail Reception, the “Rock 'n' Roll” Charity Night as well as the “Shiny” Gala Dinner and Prize Giving Ceremony presented by two actors of Greek origin enjoying an international career, Manos Gavras and Elena Charbila.