The Celebrity Cup Down-low At Celtic Manor Resort

Some of the biggest names in sport and showbiz swapped paparazzi last weekend for putters in a thrilling clash. The teams, representing Wales, England, Scotland and Ireland, competed against each other over nine holes in a round-robin match play format.

This lead to a final and third-placed play-off, before the winning nation was crowned champion!

The famous faces that battled it out on the course at this year’s tournament included:

Team Wales

Team England

Team Scotland

Team Ireland

 

Scott Quinnell

Team captain, former rugby player and TV pundit

Gareth Edwards

Welsh rugby legend, voted the world’s greatest player

Gethin Jones             

TV and radio presenter

Jonathan Davies

TV presenter and former rugby player

Phil Glenister

Actor (Life on Mars)

Tom Shanklin

Former rugby player and media pundit

Mike Tindall,

Team captain, former rugby international

Wes Brown

Former Manchester United, Sunderland and England footballer

Peter Jones

Dragon’s Den entrepreneur

Kelvin Fletcher

Actor (Emmerdale)

James Jordan

English ballroom dancer (Strictly) and choreographer

Derek Redmond

Former Olympic and world champion athlete

Rory Lawson

Team captain and former international rugby player

Max Evans

Former rugby international

Jenni Falconer

Television and radio presenter

Greig Laidlaw

Scottish rugby union player

Alastair Kellock

Former rugby international

Stuart Hogg

Scottish rugby union player

Brian McFadden

Team captain and Westlife band member 

James Nesbitt

Actor (Lucky Man, Cold Feet)

Keith Duffy

Boyzone / Boyzlife band member and actor

Brendan O’Carroll

Actor, Mrs Brown’s Boys

Danny O’Carroll

Actor, Mrs Brown’s Boys

Jennifer Gibney

Actor, Mrs Brown’s Boys

For the second year running, Team Wales was crowned The Celebrity Cup winners at Celtic Manor Resort. The team, captained by rugby legend, Scott Quinnell stormed to victory in a tense finale against Team Ireland, who looked set to win after Saturday’s game.

The Welsh team triumphed with a stellar line-up of celebrities including rugby stars Gareth Edwards, Tom Shanklin and Jonathan Davies, as well as TV presenter Gethin Jones and Life on Mars Actor, Phil Glenister.  

Famous faces, including Mike Tindall, James Nesbitt, Jenni Falconer, Max Evans, Brian McFadden, Keith Duffy and the cast of Mrs Brown’s Boys swapped paparazzi for putters to raise funds for The Bubble Foundation, which supports the work of the Children’s Bone Marrow Transplant Unit at the Great North Children’s Hospital,  where children from all over the UK and Ireland are treated for Immunodeficiencies.

Crowds of spectators watched on as the thrilling final round saw Team Wales and Team Ireland fighting it out for the trophy. While Ireland were the overnight leaders after Saturday’s opening two rounds, Wales beat England on Sunday morning before overcoming the Irish in the final to retain the coveted trophy.

England finished bottom of the league table but roused themselves to beat Scotland in the third place play off and former Olympic runner Derek Redmond scored the tournament’s first ever hole in one!

Ireland, who remain the only team never to win the trophy after seven years of competition, were left heartbroken at finishing runners-up once again. However, Irish Team Captain Brian McFadden had the consolation of having raised more than £35,000 for The Bubble Foundation, this year’s official charity of which he is the President. 

This is the third year that Wales has won The Celebrity Cup, having been inspired to victory by superstar footballer Gareth Bale in 2015 and Gethin Jones in 2018.

Welsh player Gethin Jones said, “Celtic Manor has delivered again on a thrilling Celebrity Cup weekend. They sure know how to throw the best golf party and the cherry on the cake is defending the Welsh title (of which I contributed nothing to this afternoon!). The team did brilliantly."

"It's a miracle we all got up at all after the impressive Gala Dinner last night. A massive thank you to everyone who came out and supported.”

As well as top-notch golfing action, celeb spotting and live music, there was a range of tempting food and bar attractions for spectators to enjoy in the tented village, while the new Activity Zone offered plenty to keep the kids busy, with archery, adventure golf, laser clays, a climbing wall, trampoline bungee and arts and crafts on offer.

Zara Phillips wowed guests by taking to the stage with a sensational singing performance.

Zara was attending the event to support her husband, Mike Tindalland guests were stunned during the Gala Dinner as she took to the stage to give a pitch perfect rendition of Paul Simon’s ‘You can call me Al’. 

Zara was joined by star of Mrs Browns’ Boys, Danny O’Carroll. Mike Tindall later took to the stage along with host of other celebs. 

Take a sneak peek at her performance:

 

 

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