The first Virgin International 36-hole Golf event has been held as part of Virgin Atlantic’s focus on sports travel. It was attended by representatives from England, Ireland, Japan, USA, South Africa, Europe and China.
Ireland emerged as the early leaders during the first day of the event which was held at the London Club. Ireland got 102 Stableford team total points where all scores of the three tram members were counted.
All the participating team were hosted at the Royal garden Kensington of London and were coached out to the venues. The prestigious Stoke park Golf course was the second day venue of the golf event.
Former tour professional and now Sky commentator Ross McFarlane gave a short game and putting lesson to the teams before they went out.
England won the inaugural championship which was vied for by China, Ireland and England within three points of each other. Virgin Atlantic’s Paul Wait awarded the trophy to the England team composed of David Giles, Graham McKenzie and Phil Cook after the celebratory dinner.
Wait said: “We have been working on this concept for some time as an extension of our well established Champion of Champions event held here in England.
“At Virgin we have tried and succeeded in working with the grass roots of sports. In golf we work with the PGA and club professionals making sure that when they think of flights the first thought is to travel with us. This week’s event extends that concept across our international network and I am delighted that we have eight teams from around the globe who have competed for what we hope will be a very longstanding occasion.”