The President's Cup golf tournament is first of all a charity event devoted to children - all the money raised in the course of the tournament goes for charity purposes, with juniors playing on a par with adults.
A founder of this tournament, chief of the Diplomatic Corps Service Main Department under Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ivan Sergeyev, noted, in particular, that a total of $1.5 million have been raised during the ten-year history of the competition to help the children's establishments of Moscow and Krasnogorsk in the Moscow Region. New computer classes of six schools and at the centers of social assistance and rehabilitation of children in the Moscow Region were equipped on the money collected in the tournaments of the past years.
A sum of $50,000 was raised in the course of this year's tournament, and a sizeable part of it will be for the first time transferred to the Novo-Petrovskaya boarding school for mentally and physically handicapped children. As many as 24 teams participated in the tenth tournament, each team including one diplomat, two members of the business community, and one junior of the children's golf academy. Moscow Mayor's wife Yelena Baturina with the team of the Moscow government, members of Ukraine's Verkhovnaya Rada, and a team of juniors from Finland were among the entrants.
The team consisting of Sergei Naumov, Igor Korchak, Maria Verchenova and Denis Lobanov took the palm. And Mathew Kagyrima Mitiri from Kenya became the tournament's best player among the Ambassadors.
The organizers of the tournament held also the GOLF IS FUN! GOLF IS COOL! GOLF IS PLEASURE! competition of children's drawings among the schoolchildren of Moscow and Krasnogorsk, which has already become traditional. A competition in writing essays on the same theme was added to it this time. The best known mass media staffers specializing in golf themes estimated the competitors' works. The work of Ksenia Shinkarenko, an eighth-former from the town of Dedovsk near Moscow, was voted the best. Her essay will be published in the Golf Digest magazine.