On August 17-19, 2018, Moscow Country Club (affiliate of GlavUpDK under the Russian Foreign Ministry) hosted the VTB Russian Open Golf Championship (Senior), an international professional Golf tournament, a stage of the European tour. The title sponsor of the tournament was VTB Bank (PJSC).
The USD 500,000 prize fund was awarded to 55 golfers from more than 20 countries – professional players aged over 50. Multiple winners of the European Tour stages and Ryder Cup participants, Ronan Rafferty from Ireland, Barry lane from England, Jarmo Sandelin from Sweden, Phillip Price from Wales, Miguel Ángel Martín from Spain, and other world golf stars performed on the legendary golf course near Moscow. The only Russian participant was Gleb Fetisov.
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov sent a greeting to the organizers and participants of the competition. “I heartily welcome the organizers and participants of the VTB Russian Open Golf Championship (Senior) and the traditional International Charity Golf tournament. Competitions organized by Moscow Country Club, an affiliate of GlavUpDK under the Russian Foreign Ministry, in one of the most picturesque corners of the Moscow region, are aimed at further promotion of this spectator sport,” the greeting reads.
The first place on Championship was taken by the English golfer David Shacklady, who won the game in 208 strokes. He received a prize check for USD 75,000. Second place was shared by Philip Price and Stephen Dodd (both from Wales).