The Countdown is on. There is only 17 days to go before over 200 golfers descend on the NSW Hunter Valley to take a coveted spot in an event they wait for all year, The Jack Newton Celebrity Classic.
Preparations are being made at the stunning Cypress Lakes Resort. The greens and the poolside marquee are getting some extra special attention. This is the one time of the year, when the stars of the scene, stage, business and sporting fields combine to create the ultimate three days of world class golf, music and entertainment, good times, fundraising and fancy dress.
Anyone who has been to the event over the years agrees on one thing, Jack sure knows how to throw a party. For that reason, there are players who return any chance they get. 2012 is no exception with NRL greats Wally Lewis and Terry Lamb, Ian "˜Dicko' Dickson, comedian Jimeion, Wendell Sailor and former Prime Minister and Patron of the event Bob Hawke all playing again.
Some new blood is also joining the exclusive group. Making their debut at this years' classic, star of the hit stage show "˜Legally Blonde', Rob "˜Millsy' Mills. Former member of AC/DC and author Mark Evans, House Husband star and ARIA Nominee Rhys Muldoon, Pat Davern, Kris Hopes and Joe Hansen from Grinspoon, just ahead of their appearance at 2013's Big Day Out, Deadly Award host & actor Luke Carroll who appears in the ground breaking series Redfern Now, currently airing on the ABC and the winner of 2012 series of the Block, Brad Cranfield.
This spectacular mix of players, come together to raise money for two causes close to the heart of their host, Jack Newton. The tournament, which is now in its 34th year, has raised over 3 million dollars for Diabetes education and prevention and Jack Newton Junior Golf Foundation. Jake Higginbottom who came through the program is testament to its success. The Charlestown 19-year-old made the decision to turn pro on Tuesday after he won the New Zealand Open on Sunday in Christchurch. We are thrilled to have him playing as a professional for the first time in the Classic this year.
"One thing I always encourage my invited guests to make is the Welcome BBQ on the Monday night, where I offer some vital riding instructions, house rules and most importantly the expectations we have around having a good time and raising money for our chosen beneficiaries." said Newton.
The likes of Damien Oliver, Michael Hagan, Wilbur Wilde, Justin Melvey and Ian Stenlake will swap their normal attire for their compulsory favourite footy jerseys at the Welcome BBQ, as the games begin.
There will be regular updates on The Jack Newton Celebrity Classic facebook page, where you can grab a slice of the history and keep up to date with the latest news or you can follow us on twiitter JackNewtonCC.