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"Rally Ace Launches Charity Golf Event" Nicky Grist, co-driver of the Ford Martini Racing World Rally Team announced today his first charity golf event sponsored by Martini-Racing, in aid of the relief and development agency, GOAL. The...

"Rally Ace Launches Charity Golf Event"

Nicky Grist, co-driver of the Ford Martini Racing World Rally Team announced today his first charity golf event sponsored by Martini-Racing, in aid of the relief and development agency, GOAL.

The renowned Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, Wales, will host this event where facilities rank among the best in the world, including three Robert Trent Jones Golf courses and Europe's largest and finest luxury clubhouse. Featuring stars from the sporting world, the "Nicky Grist Golf Classic" is scheduled for Thursday, 26th July 2001 and will take the form of a stableford team competition on the testing Wentwood Hills Championship course (7,403yards).

"We are delighted to host this unique event, in such a worthwhile cause," explained Robert Church, Resort Director at the Celtic Manor, home to the Wales Open and an official candidate venue for the Ryder Cup in 2009. "It is great that stars of other world sports are following in the footsteps of the golfing greats that have already played Wentwood Hills."

Nicky, a talented golfer who plays off a handicap of 5, is keen to offer fundraising support to GOAL, "Over the years with the World Rally Championship we have had the opportunity to travel and see some of the less developed countries," said Grist, who co-drives for Colin McRae in a Ford Focus RS World Rally Car. "With the help of GOAL this event may be a means of giving something back to those less privileged."

Chris Seale, Executive Director of Bacardi-Martini Ltd who are sponsoring the event said,

"We are delighted to be part of Nicky's fundraising project and hope the fixture becomes an annual event in the busy world rally calendar." Martini first entered the world of motorsport in 1968 and Martini Racing has sponsored the Ford Focus partnership of Colin McRae MBE and Nicky Grist since 1999."

GOAL was founded in 1977 when Dublin sports journalist John O'Shea and four friends decided to set-up an aid organisation dedicated to helping the poorest of the poor across the developing world. GOAL believes that every human being has the right to the fundamentals of life, food, water, shelter, healthcare and literacy. "We are delighted that another sports personality is contributing to GOAL's fundraising efforts," said former Wimbledon Tennis Championship, Pat Cash, who is President of GOAL in the UK.

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Series Charity , WRC
Drivers Colin McRae , Nicky Grist