Berenberg Gary Player Invitational Confirms Celebrities, Golfers and Athletes for New York Event

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Annika Sorenstam, Tom Lehman, Jason Dufner, Hunter Mahan, Natalie Gulbis headline field at GlenArbor Golf Club

Gary Player Invitational 2013

"We are thrilled to see such a tremendous support for our upcoming event at GlenArbor and look forward to a fun couple of days with our friends from the golf, sport and entertainment worlds," said Gary Player.

Black Knight International and title sponsor Berenberg have announced the spectacular line-up celebrating the Union of Golf and Giving at the Berenberg Gary Player Invitational on October 11 and 12, 2015, at GlenArbor Golf Club in Bedford, New York.

The all-star field includes the only golfer in history to have been awarded Player of the Year on all three PGA Tours, Tom Lehman; 2013 PGA Championship winner Jason Dufner; and ninety-time international tournament winner and LPGA legend with the most wins to her name, Annika Sorenstam.

Recent World Golf Hall of Fame inductee Mark O’Meara; 1987 Masters Champion Larry Mize, six-time PGA Tour winner and PGA Champion, Jeff Sluman; and Hunter Mahan, two-time World Golf Championships event winner will also join the event.

In addition, Kira Kazantsev, the newly crowned Miss America 2015 will be participating alongside other top players from the PGA, LPGA and Champions tours include: Tony Finau, Alison Walshe, Retief Goosen, Natalie Gulbis, Chi Chi Rodriguez, Rich Beem, Dottie Pepper, Ian Woosnam, Emma Cabrera-Bello, Brooke Henderson, Danielle Montgomery, Paige MacKenzie, Kristy Macpherson, Brittany Henderson and Amanda Blumenherst.

“We are thrilled to see such a tremendous support for our upcoming event at GlenArbor and look forward to a fun couple of days with our friends from the golf, sport and entertainment worlds,” said Gary Player. “I’m delighted that each of these individuals are willing to take time out of their busy schedules to raise money for The Player Foundation.”

The Gary Player Invitational, sponsored by Berenberg, the German private and investment bank that was founded in 1590, forms part of the world-leading charity golf event series, which has raised more than $60 million for charities worldwide. The benefiting charity for the U.S. event will be The Player Foundation, whose goal is to donate $100 million by 2020 to the support of children’s charities, the betterment of impoverished communities and the expansion of educational opportunities.

For more information please contact:

Lea Lamprecht – C&R Communications
+ 1 310 664 8840

Bo Wood – Black Knight International
+ 1 864 477 2720

Meagan Fester – Black Knight International
+27 21 448 7777

Notes to the editors:

BGPI 2015 Participants

1.    Gary Player
2.    Tom Lehman
3.    Mark O’Meara
4.    Larry Mize
5.    Jeff Sluman
6.    Brittany Henderson
7.    Hunter Mahan
8.    Jason Dufner
9.    Chi Chi Rodriguez
10.    Rich Beem
11.     Ian Woosnam
12.     Annika Sorenstam
13.     Dottie Pepper
14.     Natalie Gulbis
15.     Amanda Blumenherst
16.     Emma Cabrera-Bello
17.     Brooke Henderson
18.     Kira Kazantsev
19.     Paige MacKenzie
20.     Danielle Montgomery
21.     Retief Goosen
22.    Tony Finau
23.    Alison Walshe
24.    Kristy McPherson

About Black Knight International
Established in 1983 by Marc Player, Black Knight International is a global holding company for The Player Group and the constantly expanding family of Gary Player® brands. With a powerful presence in North and South America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa, Black Knight is a multicultural and multilingual company offering branded services for the leisure and real estate industries. This rapidly growing firm is diverse and infused with the same tenaciousness and drive as Gary Player, world renowned iconic golfer. The holding company divisions include: Gary Player Design, Player Real Estate, Black Knight Enterprises, Black Knight Solutions, Black Knight Capital, Gary Player Academies, and The Player Foundation.

About The Player Foundation
The Player Foundation was established in 1983 by Marc Player. What began as an effort to provide education, nutrition, medical care and athletic activities, for a small community of disadvantaged children living on the outskirts of Johannesburg, South Africa has now blossomed into an organization that circles the globe bringing aid to underprivileged children and impoverished communities.

The Foundation is funded primarily by six Gary Player Invitational events presented through Black Knight International. Pairing celebrities and professional golfers from the PGA and Champions Tours with businessmen and international sports figures, the annual tournaments are staged in the United States, China, Europe and South Africa. The proceeds of these tournaments and other special events provide funding for an ever- expanding number of institutions around the world, including the Blair Atholl Schools in South Africa, the Pleasant City Elementary School in Palm Beach, the Masizame in Plettenberg Bay, South Africa, and AIDS infected children in Baoshan, a drug-infested city located on the China-Burma border. Since its establishment, The Player Foundation has donated more than $60 million to the support of children’s charities, the betterment of impoverished communities and the expansion of educational opportunities throughout the world.

Gary Player, acknowledged as a world-class humanitarian, believes that the strength of our future depends upon the abilities of our children. “I have found that the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others does not thrust itself upon us,” Player says, “But we do not need to look hard for it either. When you spot the chance to give back to the world, act on it. You will have made life better, for others, and for yourself.”

The Gary Player Foundation is a non-profit 501 C (3) organization managed by Black Knight International in Palm Beach, Florida.

About Berenberg

Berenberg was established in 1590 and today we are one of Europe’s leading privately owned banks. With our headquarters in Hamburg and strong presences in Frankfurt, London, New York and Zurich we work from 19 offices across Europe, America and Asia. We deliver our expertise through four divisions – Private Banking, Investment Banking, Asset Management and Corporate Banking. Our Managing Partners lead Berenberg’s 1,250 professionals in their commitment to delivering a modern and efficient service, while maintaining a firm connection with our heritage and traditions.

“We are proud to call Gary Player our Brand Ambassador, as he is truly a great Ambassador for the game of golf,” says Dr. Hans-Walter Peters, Managing Partner of Berenberg. “This must be measured not just in terms of his career achievements as a Grand Slam Champion, but also in driving such outstanding philanthropic initiatives as the Gary Player Invitational series. The event’s great virtues and its ability to give so much back to charity is one of the many reasons we have chosen this sponsorship as an important business platform for years to come.”

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