Berenberg Gary Player Invitational Announces Participant Line Up For New York Charity Event

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Gary Player, Bernhard Langer, Lee Trevino, Branden Grace, Cristie Kerr and Paige Spiranac to play at GlenArbor Golf Club

Berenberg Gary Player Invitational

Black Knight International and title sponsor Berenberg today announced the outstanding line-up celebrating the Union of Golf and Giving at the Berenberg Gary Player Invitational on October 1-2, following the Presidents Cup. The event will take place for the third consecutive year at GlenArbor Golf Club in Bedford Hills, New York.
 
The all-star participant list includes Presidents Cup player and the first male golfer to score sub-63 in a major, Branden Grace; two-time Masters champion and winner of 10 senior major championships, Bernhard Langer; and 19-time winner on the LPGA Tour, including two major championships, Cristie Kerr.
 
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 2018 Masters qualifier, Tony Finau will also join the event.
 
In addition, rising golf talent Paige Spiranac will be participating alongside other top players from the PGA, LPGA and Champions tours including: Tom Watson, Lee Trevino, Morgan Pressel, Bill and Jay Haas, Blair O'Neal, Billy Horschel, Tom Lehman, Mike Weir, Alison Lee, Trevor Immelman, Kristy McPherson, Gerina Piller, Nicole Hage, Mallory Blackwelder, Victoria Elizabeth, Victoria Lovelady, Briana Mao, Ginger Howard, Juli Inkster and Alexandra O’Laughlin.

“We are incredibly grateful for all of the participants who are taking the time to help support The Player Foundation,” said Gary Player. “We look forward to the gathering of our golf friends and colleagues all for a great cause.”

“We are proud to call Gary Player our Brand Ambassador, as he is truly a great Ambassador for the game of golf,” says Hendrik Riehmer, 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 Berenberg 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 $63 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 2025 to the support of children’s charities, the betterment of impoverished communities and the expansion of educational opportunities.

ENDS

For more information please contact:

Bo Wood – Black Knight International
b.wood(at)garyplayer(dot)com
+ 1 864 477 2720

Meagan Fester – Black Knight International
meagan(at)garyplayer(dot)co(dot)za
+27 21 448 7777

Notes to the editors:

BGPI 2017 Participants

1.    Gary Player
2.    Branden Grace
3.    Bernhard Langer
4.    Tom Watson
5.    Jeff Sluman
6.    Mark O'Meara
7.    Bill Haas
8.    Lee Trevino
9.    Billy Horschel
10.    Tom Lehman
11.    Mike Weir
12.    Trevor Immelman
13.    Jay Haas
14.    Tony Finau
15.    Larry Mize
16.    Kristy McPherson
17.    Morgan Pressel
18.    Cristie Kerr
19.    Gerina Piller
20.    Alison Lee
21.    Blair O'Neal
22.    Paige Spiranac
23.    Nicole Hage
24.    Mallory Blackwelder
25.    Victoria Elizabeth
26.    Victoria Lovelady
27.    Briana Mao
28.    Ginger Howard
29.    Juli Inkster
30.    Alexandra O’Laughlin

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 five 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 Abu Dhabi, 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 $63 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 is one of Europe’s leading privately-owned banks. With headquarters in Hamburg and strong presences in Frankfurt, London, New York and Zurich the bank works from offices across Europe and America. Berenberg delivers its expertise through four divisions – Wealth Management, Asset Management, Investment Banking and Corporate Banking.

Berenberg is lead by Managing Partners who are fully responsible for the bank. In its 427-year history there have been only 38 of them. In the last ten years, Berenberg doubled its staff to 1,500 professionals to deliver a modern and efficient service, while maintaining a firm connection with its heritage and traditions.

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