The European Tour has been supporting Sport Relief since its launch in 2002 and raised £19,500 at the recent BMW Championship – The Players’ Flagship in May.
This week, title sponsors Barclays, host venue Loch Lomond Golf Club and The European Tour have all pledged their support to Sport Relief 2006. The system for raising the money sees the sponsor, the venue and the Tour each donate £250 per shot for the lowest score to par in every round.
Johan Edfors and David Drysdale helped raise £4,500 after both carded six under par 65s in the first round at Loch Lomond, with Thomas Björn and Andres Romero going a stroke better in the second round with a pair of 64s that generated £5,250 for the cause.
Benn Barham and Raphaël Jacquelin then added another £4,500 following their third round 65s. After a marvellous final contribution of £6,000 from The Barclays Scottish Open champion Johan Edfors of Sweden the total amount raised at Loch Lomond reached £20,250. Adding the £19,500 from the BMW Championship takes the current, 2006 total to £39,750.
The European Tour Sport Relief Challenge has raised a total of £111,442 since it began in 2002.
In addition to the Tour’s Sport Relief Challenge, Barclays also ran a competition with BBC Radio 5 Live that will see two thirds of the money raised from entry fees to the competition going to Sport Relief.
Sport Relief is produced by Comic Relief, in association with BBC Sport, and brings the worlds of sport and entertainment together to raise much needed cash to help vulnerable people leading tough lives here at home in the UK, and in the poorest countries in the world. Since its launch in 2002 it has raised over £30 million.
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