Cape Town - The Gary Player Invitational presented by Coca-Cola will
celebrate its 15th anniversary as South Africa’s premier charity golf
tournament when professional golfers, celebrities and business leaders gather
for this year’s tournament at the Lost City Golf Course at Sun City from
As a “Union of Golf and Giving”
that stretches around the globe, the South African charity event concludes the international
Gary Player Invitational series which also stages events in the USA, Europe,
China, and Abu Dhabi.
Professional golfers are paired
with celebrities and business leaders in the event that aims to give golf a
heart as it raises money for charities supported by The Player Foundation. The
official beneficiaries of the Gary Player Invitational presented by Coca-Cola
are the Wildlands Conservation Trust in partnership with Qhubeka, as well as
Wings and Wishes.
To date, the series has raised
over R600 million for charity, a core component of what the golfing icon and
Grand Slam champion hopes will be one of his greatest legacies.
“I have achieved all and more
than I ever dreamt for on the golf course, but I count what The Player
Foundation has been able to accomplish with the help of our Gary Player
Invitational series as one of the most important and fulfilling achievements of
my life,” said tournament host and golf icon Gary Player. “I want my epitaph to
say, ‘Here is a man who was interested in his fellow man, education and health.
And he bettered the lives of those less fortunate. Surely that is the greatest
legacy a man can leave? I count my blessings that my career has allowed me to
do this and that we have had the support of all our generous sponsors to help
make this possible.”
Coca-Cola remains one of the
longest standing supporters of the Gary Player Invitational’s drive to improve
the lives of the poor and provide a sustainable future for them through a focus
on Women, Wellness and Water.
“We are always proud to be
associated with the GPI. Coca-Cola has been creating jobs and economic
opportunity while bringing people together for good causes and good times –
from recycling programs to fitness programs and women’s empowerment
initiatives. It’s in our DNA to make a lasting difference in communities around the world.
To ensure we continue to make a positive impact on people, communities and the
environment over time, we are embedding sustainability into our business and
making it a part of
everything we do and the GPI is one
platform that allows us to do this,”
said Therese Gearhart, President of Coca-Cola Southern Africa,” said Therese
Gearhart, President of Coca-Cola Southern Africa.
For more information on the Gary
Player Invitational, visit www.garyplayerinvitational.com
and follow @GPInvitational on Twitter.