Thursday, 10 August 2017
Alan Shearer and Les Ferdinand  (Getty Images)
Alan Shearer and Les Ferdinand (Getty Images)

Former Newcastle United and England footballer Les Ferdinand will be reunited with his strike partner Alan Shearer when he tees it up in the Hero Pro-Am at Close House on the eve of the British Masters supported by Sky Sports next month. 

Ferdinand formed a deadly partnership with Shearer in the famous 1996/97 Newcastle side dubbed ‘The Entertainers’ which just missed out on winning the Premier League title. 

After netting 41 Premier League goals in two seasons on Tyneside, Ferdinand left to join Tottenham Hotspur – who face Newcastle in the opening game of the new season on Saturday – in 1997, but he remains a firm fans’ favourite in the north east. 

He will return to the region next month to join Shearer and some of the European Tour’s leading golfers, including tournament host Lee Westwood and Masters champion Sergio Garcia, in the line-up for the Hero Pro-Am on Wednesday September 27, which takes place a day before the start of the British Masters supported by Sky Sports. 

Tickets are available here with all proceeds from the Hero Pro Am going to the tournament’s Official Charity, the Graham Wylie Foundation, which was set up by Close House’s owner to inspire and educate children across the North East region. 

Ferdinand said: “I always love going back to Newcastle. The fans love their sport and we always had great support from them whenever we played so I’m sure that will be the case at Close House. 

“I really enjoy my golf and it will be great to be competing alongside Alan again, so I’m sure it will be good fun out there. Hopefully we can raise plenty of money for Graham’s foundation too along the way.”

The British Masters returns to the North East for the first time in 45 years from September 28-October 1, with Close House playing host for the first time in the event’s 71-year history. 

Fans have already been getting behind the tournament, with all 10,000 free tickets for Thursday’s first round snapped up in less than 30 minutes.  

Tickets for the Hero Pro-Am are on sale for £8 and can be purchased here, as can tickets for all four rounds of the British Masters. 

Hospitality packages for The Colt Pavilion are also available for the British Masters supported by Sky Sports.
Prices for The Colt Pavilion, which will overlook the 18th hole at Close House, start at £275 + VAT
For further information or to request a brochure call 01344 840 681 email enquiries@europeantourhospitality.com

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