Esquire took on London’s highest putt last night – and failed - at the launch of the 2010 Leuka Mini Masters sponsored by Bing. Tournament host Dougray Scott welcomed guests to the penthouse suite of the May Fair Hotel, where an artificial putting green had been set up on the balcony for participants to try to win an Omega Seamaster watch.
Mission Impossible star Scott, who appears in the upcoming Father and Son on ITV, was the only man to hole the putt all evening, although sadly it was in practice and not in the competition proper.
But with live music from a jazz band dressed in white caddie’s boiler suits, cocktails from Chase Vodka, shots of chilled Jagermeister, bottles of cold Steinlager, champagne and a delicious BBQ courtesy of The Cinnamon Club, there was plenty to keep guests entertained as they queued up to miss a fiendishly difficult 35-foot putt on the green supplied by Huxley Golf.
Guests included actress Claire Forlani (below with husband Dougray), T4 presenters Jameela Jamil, Rick Edwards and Miquita Oliver, Law & Order’s Jamie Bamber, Starsailor singer-songwriter James Walsh and Kayvan Novak of Facejacker and Four Lions fame.
All proceeds from the evening went to Leuka, the leukaemia charity based at London's Hammersmith Hospital, and as the Omega watch and the beautiful glass trophy from Gillies Jones went unclaimed, the putting competition will continue on Friday 16 July at Dukes Meadows in Chiswick, the venue for the tournament proper.
The Leuka Mini Masters sponsored by Bing is a tongue-in-cheek par-3 celebrity golf tournament crossed with a summer garden party, and is now in its third year. Esquire is official 2010 media partner and among this year's confirmed celebrity captains are Hugh Grant, Rob Brydon, James Nesbitt, Jason Isaacs, Damien Lewis, Johnny Vaughan and DJ Spoony, For more details and ticket information, see www.leukaminimasters.com
Photographs by Jason Temple