Dalglish chasing unlikely hat-trick
Liverpool and Scotland legend Kenny Dalglish and former Aston Villa striker turned Sky Sports TV pundit Alan McInally will be seeking hat-tricks of a different kind when they compete in the 18th edition of the Footballers’ Golf Classic at La Manga Club this summer.
The duo have both won the event twice before and will be joined at the top Spanish resort by a wealth of footballing talent including other previous winners Pat Jennings and Russell Osman when the popular competition, sponsored by John Griffin, takes place from June 7-12.
Defending champion Steve Lovell will be chasing his third victory in the last four years at La Manga Club but the ex-Millwall and Wales striker faces a stiff challenge from one of the strongest fields assembled for many years.
Ex-England internationals Lee Hendrie and Joe Corrigan are set to make their debuts in the competition alongside former Northern Ireland goalkeeper Maik Taylor and past Premier League stars Steve Sedgley and Alan Neilson.
Former Liverpool, Tottenham and England striker Paul Walsh will be making his first appearance in the event for many years and he will be joined on La Manga Club’s famous fairways by other ex-England internationals including Des Walker, Dave Beasant, Ray Clemence and Steve Bull.
The golf classic features four days of competitive golf: the one-day Alan Ball Trophy and the three-day main event, which is being sponsored this year by John Griffin, non-executive chairman of Addison Lee, London’s leading minicab company, with competitors playing alongside a different footballer each day.
Entry includes five nights in the five-star Hotel La Manga Club Principe Felipe, breakfast, welcome and gala dinners and prize-giving with entertainment.
Regarded as Spain’s flagship resort, La Manga Club was recently voted ‘Best Golf Resort in Spain’ by UK readers of Today’s Golfer magazine for an unprecedented third year running.
In addition, the award-winning venue hosted the inaugural PGAs of Europe La Manga Club Pro-Am earlier this month while its position as one of Europe’s top golf destinations has been elevated further with the opening of a new Leadbetter Academy – the only such facility in mainland Spain – this spring.
Boasting three 18-hole championship golf courses, its extensive facilities also include a 28-court tennis academy and 2,000m² spa and fitness complex, a five-star hotel, four-star serviced apartments and townhouses and more than 20 bars and restaurants.
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