The Jack Newton Celebrity Classic kicked off last night with the welcome barbecue at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley. In its 41st year, The Jack feels more like a family reunion than ever. It’s old mates catching up, and new faces making lifelong friends.
Today, the golf took centre stage with professional players teaming up with celebrities, sponsors and event attendees for fancy dress day. From Happy Gilmore costumes to players in full Aerobics Oz Style lycra, everyone was getting into all the fun that The Jack has to offer.
In amongst all that fun though, there’s a serious desire to give back from all involved. From the entry fee to the many raffles, auctions and other fundraising raising adventures, the money raised over the tournament goes directly to two causes close to Jack Newton’s heart – Diabetes research and Jack Newton Junior Golf, which has helped produce some of the countries best players.
Over the next two days keep an eye on our Instagram story to catch some candid action from some of the biggest names in Australian sport and celebrities like Busby Marou, Shannon Noll, Leagues Craig Wing, Actor Peter Phelps, Better Homes and Gardens presenter Rob Palmer, Wendell Sailor, Cricket legend Rodney Hogg, Blind Spots Luke Mitchell, Charles Cottier and Dave Lawson.
THE HISTORY OF THE JACK
While Jack Newton himself grew up in Cessnock and has lived in the Hunter for the past 45 years, the event originated on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast in December of 1979. Jack Newton became a regular on the event line-up, taking out the title in 1980 and becoming more heavily involved along with his wife, Jackie, in helping it grow. Jack took over the running of the celebrity pro-am that had by that time been re-named in his honour in 1985. Over the years, thanks to the Newtons, the event has continued to significantly grow in size and reputation, relocating a couple of times before Jack brought the event home to the Hunter in 2006.