World Ranked No:1 golfer George Groves and Mike Browne (ranked 9) flew the flag for EDGA golfers with disability in the Worplesdon Charity Pro-Am on Thursday (June 25), which boasted a star field.
The two EDGA players were invited to play by organisers Wasserman Media Group in the RSM team, for a charity golf day for two deserving health causes, The Rainbow Trust Emergency Covid 19 Appeal and Dan’s Fund for Burns. The event, which observed social distancing at all times, was hosted by RSM ambassadors, European Tour players Andy Sullivan and Paul Waring, and played in brilliant sunshine.
In a field containing European Tour, Staysure Tour and Ladies European Tour stars keen to help raise charity funds, including Georgia Hall, Colin Montgomerie, Charley Hull and Ross Fisher, George Groves and Mike Browne clearly relished the opportunity to support team RSM, as this leading audit, tax and consulting firm is a valued sponsor of EDGA, the international body that helps people with a disability to thrive through the power of golf.
This valued partnership led to Paul Waring becoming an ambassador for EDGA in April; he has been highly supportive of EDGA in recent times in the media and he was only too happy to walk a few holes with George and Mike on the beautiful Worplesdon course in Surrey.
Paul interviewed George for RSM’s video media and offered encouragement to the two players on the fairways and greens.
Paul said: “Tour professionals like Andy and I really admire the shotmaking and skill levels of the EDGA players and it was fascinating to see how George Groves and Mike Browne adapted to the challenges today in really hot weather. I was so impressed.
“It was also great to see them playing as part of the RSM team; helping to continue this important partnership as RSM supports the aim of EDGA to welcome 500,000 more golfers with a disability into the game.”
George Groves said later: “Paul was fantastic again with us today, full of encouragement, and it’s great that he is supporting EDGA and its players in this way. He is helping all golfers with disability by really helping to raise our profile.”
Even before his fairway interview, World No:1 George was much in demand, giving TV and video interviews to Sky Sports and Golf Monthly.
George and Mike said they had been challenged by a lack of golf practice in the lockdown period due to the Covid-19 pandemic, as neither had much space outside at home for genuine practice.
Mike Browne said: “I have missed golf, including the practice and sociability, but I have also missed tournaments like this where you are really tested. I have missed the competition so it is wonderful to be here today. I am sure everyone is hugely grateful to both Paul and Andy for hosting this exceptional event, which is also raising funds for two very worthy causes.”
The Worplesdon Charity Pro-Am was raising funds for two key charities: The Rainbow Trust children’s charity and Dan’s Fund for Burns