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The date for the 2019 Tournament has already been set as 16/17 September; a note for your diary!
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PETER ALLISS is issuing an invitation to Golf Clubs and businesses in Ireland to play in his own special charity tournament – and helping many disadvantaged youngsters 'drive' towards a brighter future!
To many he is, quite simply, 'The Voice of Golf', the man who has brought insight, colour and quirky good humour to the television coverage of his sport for the BBC, for leading American networks and for audiences across the world.
For decades he has used his celebrity to further many good causes, but few have benefitted more from his time and enthusiastic commitment than the Alliss Masters Wheelchair Crusade, a project whose aim is to provide powered wheelchairs for those who cannot stroll the fairways at will.
"There are not enough words for me to express my delight in joining forces with my golfing friends in Ireland to extend the range of Clubs and businesses engaged in competing in my Alliss Masters Wheelchair Crusade," he said in Belfast today.
"Knowing the Irish and their boundless enthusiasm as I do success is a foregone conclusion," said the veteran who has helped raise an astonishing £7 million since he lent his name to the peterallissmaster.org charity in 1988.
"Back in the early days a powered wheelchair (PWC) cost about £300, today we need to raise over £3,000 for each one, and it never ceases to amaze me when I see the generosity of golf clubs, business and other organisations who put their shoulder to the wheelchair, so to speak, and provide those less fortunate with the mobility to live their lives as independent young men and women."
The Peter Alliss Masters will take place at Hampshire's idyllic Old Thorns resort on 16/17 September, 2019, next year, with those who purchase the specially-created Irish Packages able to enjoy two days golf, fine wining and dining, and compete for the coveted men's PAM green jacket and ladies' green pashmina.
The highlight of the week is the presentation of the powered wheelchairs to the delighted youngsters who'll have their families there to share a wonderful occasion.
Peter is particularly thrilled at the prospect of some of these wheelchairs being presented at The Open Championship at Royal Portrush in July next year, and there can be no greater incentive to add lustre to what will be Ireland's biggest-ever sporting event than to be part of a very unique week of golf in Northern Ireland
"I have a great affection for Royal Portrush and have been treated superbly on my visits to that famous club, and I'm delighted to see it back on The Open Championship rota after a 67-year break," said Alliss.
He has asked Michal Moss, President of the Irish Golf and Cub Managers Association, to head up this extension of the long-established scheme, and the Peter Alliss Irish Masters was formally launched today. Recently honoured for his services to the game and to charity during his 39-year career as Secretary Manager at Portstewart Golf Club, Moss is excited by the initiative.
"And as we invite clubs, businesses and individuals from Ireland to join us in the Peter Alliss Irish Masters charity project it would be so fitting if some very special young people were to receive their new chairs in front of our competitors, friends, family and the most amazing crowds expected on the stunning Causeway Coast," said Michael.
"Rory, Darren, Padraig and the Irish professionals on show will have eyes on Franceso Molinari's grip on the famous Claret Jug – while a lot of us will be able to feel we've been able to provide a life-changing prize for some very deserving people" he said. "We've contacted golf clubs in Northern Ireland, and some of the top clubs in the Republic, and we know how generous the sporting community in Ireland is and I'm convinced we'll have tremendous support for the work done by Peter and his team in their Wheelchair Crusade.
"The Peter Alliss Irish Masters offers a variety of ways in which groups and individuals can contribute, and as well as raising funds for these powered wheelchairs there is the unique opportunity to play in the Masters event in Hampshire next year and to enjoy some lavish Old Thorns hospitality. Peter's wife Jackie is the tournament Director, and she has been tireless in her efforts to 'grow' the charity and provide these superb wheelchairs for those disadvantaged young people who have really bloomed with the freedom and mobility they offer," said Moss.
"We know the very name 'Peter Alliss' will bring the Irish golfing family to the charity, but we hope that our reach will go beyond that, to the general public in Ireland which will be inspired by the aims and achievements of the last 40 years," said Moss.
"All the details of the new Peter Alliss Irish Masters can be found on peterallissmasters.org and we can't wait to hear from all those in Ireland we know will want to be involved."
2018 PAM Leaflet A4 - D7.pdf