Wales thrilled the home crowds by beating defending
champions England and pre-tournament favourites Scotland to win the 2015
Celebrity Cup at Celtic Manor.
Led by TV funnyman Rob Brydon and inspired by a first
appearance from Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale, Wales won all three matches
in the final to trounce the Scots and claim the trophy for the first time.
“I can’t believe what we’ve done,” said skipper Brydon.
“Gareth Bale has just been out of this world but all the boys have all played
brilliantly. It’s like we’ve got a Merlin in our side with Gareth Edwards.
“We’ve done this for Dylan Thomas, we’ve done this for
Richard Burton, we’ve done this for Owain Glyndwr… we’ve done it for Shakin’
Stevens. And we’ll do it again!
“What a way to finish a fantastic weekend at the beautiful
Celtic Manor. We’ve had a great weekend and I’ve loved it. Thank you to
everyone who came out and supported us all the way around this arduous golf
Scotland had been installed 6-4 pre-tournament as their team
was packed with competitive sportsmen including football legends Kenny
Dalglish, Alan Hansen and Gordon Strachan, and rugby star turned Strictly
heartthrob Thom Evans.
Yet Wales, whose other team members were Gethin Jones,
Andrew Howard and Phil Glenister, swept the Scots aside as a lunchtime storm
gave way to afternoon sunshine. The home side had earlier vanquished England to
reach the final thanks largely to an emphatic victory for Welsh soccer ace Bale
and former Blue Peter presenter Jones.
scored a goal in the final as Real Madrid lifted the Champions League last
season but it was evident how much this victory meant when he ran to grab the
final hole flagstick as a souvenir once the winning putt had been holed.
said: “We all know we came here for an amazing cause and to raise a lot of
money for the Caron Keating Foundation but to win is the cherry on the cake for
highlight of the tournament was on the last green in the final when we realised
Team Wales had won. It was amazing and all of the players have been amazing.”
glittering gala dinner raised more than £50,000 for the tournament’s official
charity, the Caron Keating Foundation.
England, whose team included TV stars Vernon Kay, Ben
Shephard and Peter Jones alongside Rugby World Cup winner Mike Tindall, beat an
Irish team containing singing sensations Ronan Keating and Brian McFadden to
claim third place.
Autographs, selfies and banter were again in high demand as
the celebrity players entertained the galleries throughout and a spectator
village included a kids zone, Get Into Golf nets and live music from a main