At a black tie gala on Sunday night at the Monaco Yacht Club, HSH Prince Albert II unveiled the cup at the first ever amateur Ryder Cup.
It was the nail-biting moment Team USA and Team Europe had been waiting for all day. Whichever end of the Laurence Jenkell-designed trophy was facing up, either the Star Spangled Banner or 12 yellow European Stars flag, would reveal which team won the first US-Monaco Celebrity Golf Cup.
With an official drum roll by Team USA member Adrain Young of No Doubt, Prince Albert, on stage with Chairman of Ryder Cup France 2018 Pascal Grizot, Susan Feaster, Chairman Monaco US Celebrity Golf Cup, and Rattan Chadha, owner of Royal Mougins Golf Club, the trophy revealed a Team USA win as the room erupted in cheers. Finally tally: Americans 10, Europe 5.
Two-time Super Bowl Champion Joe Theismann headed Team USA while Pascal Grizot captained Team Europe, as fifteen teams hit the greens at Royal Mougins Golf for a two-man scramble Sunday. Shane Heminway, founder of Monaco Star Events and playing for Team USA, had the bragging rights of an unprecedented hole-in-one.
Team USA included Steve John, CEO of Pebble Beach Pro-Am; Thomas Keller, American chef; Doc Rivers, Head Coach LA Clippers; Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver; Brad Lewis, Producer/Director (Pixar’s Academy Award winning “Ratatouille”); Jerry King, The Golf Whisperer; Jeremy Roenick, NHL highest scorer and Mike Powers, President of Monaco-USA.
On the star-studded European side, Nicolas Colsaerts, golf professional Member of the ET – Winner of Ryder Cup 2012; Johan Neeskens, Dutch 3 times European Football Club Champion; Ilie Năstase, Romanian former world N 1 professional tennis player; Joe Miller UK-World drive champion; Christophe Pinna, French Multi-time Karate World Champion; Marco Simone, international footballer and coach and Jerome Alonzo, French footballer – ex-goalkeepr of Paris Saint Germain Football club.
As a kick-off to Ryder Cup 2018, the event benefitted the Ryder Cup European Development Trust to promote golf development at the grassroots for beginning players and for youth, ranging from free lessons at European Tour events to disabled golf initiatives, as well as junior and educational programmes.
The black-tie dinner for over 200, which included a special presentation to Prince Albert of monogramed golf bags for Monaco’s future golfers, Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella, followed an action-packed weekend of events for players, including a cocktail hosted by Monaco Life on Saturday night at Stars’n’Bars.
Royal Mougins Golf & Resort, Prime Golf Academy, BMW North America, Taylor Made USA, Verve, Vin-X, Moni, Motor Villages, Chateau Cheval Blanc were other key sponsors of the US-Monaco Celebrity Golf Cup.
Article first published June 20, 2016.