Mittwoch, 17. April 2024 

golf | | 03.02.2020

supported by Jos Mara Olazbal, Costa Navarino and IAGTO

Global Golf4 Cancers Greek

From Ancient Olympia to the International Olympic Academy Golf Course Nick Edmund, a four-time head and neck cancer survivor and founder of Global Golf4 Cancer (GG4C), is about to undertake an epic challenge for charity and carry his golf clubs from storied Ancient Olympia to Costa Navarino the Mediterraneans sustainably driven destination, located in Messinia in the southwest Peloponnese of Greece. With the Ionian Sea accompanying him for much of his golf walk, Edmunds journey on foot from November 7 to 16 will take him from the 776 BC birthplace of the Olympics, via the four Ks Krestena, Kakovatos, Kalo Vero and Kyparissia to Filiatra and Marathapoli, and finally on to Costa Navarino and to Navarino Hills, venue of the worlds first International Olympic Academy Golf Course. On reaching his final destination, he will play the fourth hole with two-time Masters champion Jos Mara Olazbal, the designer of the acclaimed par-72 layout. The pair will then symbolically raise the Global Golf4 Cancer 4-Flag in honour of cancer fighters worldwide, with the flag flying on the green of the par-four hole for the duration of the Olazabal & Friends Charity Pro-Am tournament, which is taking place from November 17-18. The event provides golf fans with the exclusive opportunity for an up-close and intimate experience with Olazbal and a collection of his professional friends including fellow Spanish golf legend Miguel ngel Jimnez, with the pro-am being played on the two new courses at Navarino Hills that were designed by Olazbal and opened in 2022. Explaining the special significance of walking from Ancient Olympia to Costa Navarino, Edmund said: Since Global Golf4 Cancers mission is to encourage the golf community to pick up the baton and support cancer fighters and cancer fighting organisations in whatever way possible, I cannot imagine a more inspiring or appropriate place to help convey this than Ancient Olympia and its adjacent landscape. Just as Olympians have the opportunity to carry a torch, so golfers can fly the flag for a cause. I may be a little biased, but I am not sure if there is a more important cause than the battle against cancer. Peter Walton, CEO of IAGTO, a founding partner of Global Golf4 Cancer, said: IAGTO has supported GG4C since its inception, and we believe in the enormous impact the global golfing community can make to help bring cures closer for a disease that affects one in four of us. I have lost count of the vast distances Nick has covered, both golf-walking and travelling throughout the world these past six years to help spread that message, and this Greek Odyssey is yet another milestone. The support of Jos Mara Olazbal and three-time IAGTO award winning Costa Navarino is tremendous, and greatly appreciated.
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