Cape Town - South Africa’s most successful cricket captain, Graeme
Smith, has confirmed his place in a stellar field of pros and celebrities who
will tee it up for charity in the Gary Player Invitational presented by
Coca-Cola at The Lost City Golf Course at Sun City from November 12-15, 2015.
The former Proteas
cricket captain will join the global field of professionals, celebrities and
business leaders in a Union of Golf and Giving.
Smith is the most
successful cricket Test captain of all time, winning 53 of the 109 Tests in
which he led the Proteas. After becoming South Africa’s youngest captain at the
age of 22, he went on to claim the world record for captaining in the most
Smith will make his debut in the
tournament and as part of a South African sports captain’s trio including
fellow cricketer Mark Boucher and footballer Aaron Mokoena.
Boucher captained the
Proteas in four Tests and returns to the Gary Player Invitational presented by
Coca-Cola seeking his second victory after being on the winning team in 2003.
Mokoena captained Bafana
Bafana and made 107 international appearances for his country. He also played
for Blackburn Rovers, Portsmouth and Bidvest Wits. Mokoena returns hoping to
successfully defend the title he won with tournament host Gary Player in 2014.
They will be joined by
world-renowned musicians Ronan Keating and Brian McFadden, and radio and
television personalities Thomas Msengana and Johnathan Joseph, also known as DJ
The professionals in the
star-studded field include a first-time appearance by Wayne Player, the son of
tournament host Gary Player, as well as French stars Jean van de Velde and
Thomas Levet, South Africa’s Richard Sterne, and Ladies European Tour players
Emma Cabrera-Bello, Danielle Montgomery and Carly Booth.
Cabrera-Bello and Booth, a two-time winner on the Ladies European Tour, are
regular supporters of the Gary Player Invitational.
“This is such a super
mix of participants and we are truly humbled by the response we have received
from everyone. This has been such a busy year on a number of fronts and it
really means a lot that our friends have taken time out of their schedules to
be with us and help us raise money for The Player Foundation. I am sure this is
going to be one of our most memorable tournaments in history,” said GPI series
founder Marc Player, CEO of Black Knight International.
PARTICIPANTS FOR THE GARY PLAYER INVITATIONAL
PRESENTED BY COCA-COLA
Jean van de Velde
For more information on
the Gary Player Invitational, visit www.garyplayerinvitational.com and follow @GPInvitational on Twitter - #GOLFandGIVING