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Tee it up with some of sport’s big names

Back again: Tolliver will be part of the new event next month

Some recognisable names in sports are heading to Bermuda next month to compete in the Pro Sports World Championship of Golf.

The event, which runs from September 8 to 10 at Port Royal Golf Course, will bring together big name athletes from the basketball, ice hockey, American football and baseball.

Grant Fuhr, the NHL Hall of Famer, Josh Beckett, the former Boston Red Sox pitcher, and Billy Joe Tolliver, the former NFL quarterback, are among the stars who will lead teams of golfers through a fierce competition that pits America’s big leagues against one another.

Spectators can also expect to see other big names such as: Mark Mulder, who played in the major leagues for the Oakland Athletics and St Louis Cardinals, James Wisniewski, a former defenseman with the Chicago Blackhawks, Donny Marshall, of the Cleveland Cavaliers, and Mark Rypien, the former Washington Redskins quarterback, who was named MVP in Super Bowl 26 when the Redskins beat the Buffalo Bills 37-24.

“In addition to the battle between pros, this is a rare opportunity for local golfers to play in the same foursome as a sports legend,” Brady Whittingham, the event’s director, said. “Super Bowl, World Series and Stanley Cup Champions, as well as Hall of Fame inductees, will be playing at Port Royal.

“Even if you don’t enter the Pro Am, it’s definitely going to be something special for spectators because these players are exceptional golfers and still extremely competitive no matter what sport they’re playing.”

The Pro Sports World Championship of Golf is a sister event to the NFL Players Invitational that attracted a number of NFL greats to the island earlier this year, including Jerry Rice. Both events are partially funded by the Bermuda Tourism Authority.

“Event organisers have a clear ability to attract high calibre golfers from the world of professional sports,” said Pat Phillip-Fairn, chief product and experiences development officer at the BTA. “Our job now is to provide them with a quality experience so that they become advocates for Bermuda’s golf tourism product as they travel around the world and engage with sports fans.”

The Pro Sports World Championship will kick off on Wednesday, September 8 with a series of practice rounds followed by a welcome reception.

The first and second rounds of the Pro Sports World Championship will take place on Thursday and Friday followed by the Gala Friday evening and the Pro Am on Saturday.

More information about how to register to play or attend events is available at www.bermudagolfclassic.com

Proceeds from the event will benefit Family Centre.