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Golfing tricks help raise money for kids

World famous trick golf artist Karsten Maas has been the highlight of the International Charity Golf tournament held just outside Moscow, to help those among the country's children most in need.

­The Moscow Country Club launched their charity golf tournament in 1996 and ever since then, the club has made it an annual tradition to hold this competition.

People famous from the world of business, sport, journalism and the arts, along with many politicians from all over the globe, took part in the event to help a range of kids' charities.

“This tournament is being held for the 17th time now,” V
ladimir Pashko, Head of Housing at Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said. “And we are very, very happy about how many children across Russia have already received our help. It's really important for us.”

In all, 24 teams, consisting of three adults and one child, took part in the tournament. And though there was a competition between them, victory at such events is never the main objective.

Some teams, obviously, needed time to get into the swing of things, while others made the most of their abilities from the first tee.

But everybody had one thing in common: they strived to battle all the 18 holes on offer as a team, no matter which country they were from or how old they were.

“To become a professional player is a dream for me,” Kirill Kaptur from Moscow Golf School stressed. “And I'm very glad to be taking part in this tournament, and I hope it will help me to improve my skills as well.”

Apart from the action on the course, the spectators had the chance to witness golf from a different perspective.

Everybody can learn how to hit one ball with one regular club. But how many would dare to try and hit two balls, or even four, while using the most unusual equipment – like stick with two or four club heads or a club several meters long.

Years of training and lots of patience, and you could probably repeat this. And, as the master of the clubs says his tricks aim to attract more and more people to the game.

“If I can help with the enjoyment and fun – it’s perfect,”
Karsten Maas told RT. “I think in the end it’ll draw more golfers into it. And for the kids this is just brilliant. They love it.”

Golf is just one sport among many helping raise money for kids. And events of such as the one organized by the kind Moscow Country Club show how generous people can be when united around a single passion.