Rugby stars compete in Zak Hardaker golf event in Pontefract

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past and present rugby stars have been battling it out at the Zak Hardaker Golf Classic tournament.

The 17 teams took part in the annual event at Pontefract and District Golf Club, raise more than £7,000 for the Prince of Wales Hospice.

Defending champions Wakefield Trinity Wildcats came out on top winning the Zak Hardaker Trophy with 85 points.

The runners up were ISC and Doosan Babcock and prizes were also awarded to individuals for nearest the pin and longest drive.

Those taking part then enjoyed a three course celebratory dinner in the clubhouse, followed by prize presentations and a question and answer session with the rugby stars.

The evening also included an auction of two VIP rugby packages, which were kindly donated by Leeds Rhinos and raised an additional £1,600 on the night.

Tracey Mearns, partnership development coordinator from the hospice, said: “We are absolutely delighted with the amount of money raised again this year, it costs more than £7,000 per day to run the hospice so support from events such as these enable us to continue to provide essential care and support our patients and their families.

“Thank you to Zak Hardaker, Gary Hetherington of Leeds Rhinos and Pontefract and District Golf Club and, of course, to all the teams that took part and for their generosity throughout the day.”

Zak Hardaker, event sponsor, was unavoidably delayed returning from Australia and was unable to attend the event but tweeted enroute: “Thank you to everyone taking part today, means a lot especially when I couldn’t make it.”