The inaugural Casa Serena Pro-Am took place on September 12th and 13th, 2012, at the Casa Serena Golf, with ten international professional players and one Czech PGA Tour member taking part in the unique event.
With a Best Ball Texas Scramble playing format, almost 40 amateur players were involved in team competition, being in close contact with professionals in each group.
Professional players taking place were Marc Farry of France,
Giuseppe Calli of Italy, Delroy Cambridge of Jamaica, Peter Allan,
Peter Barber, Andrew Murray, Tom Murray, Glenn Ralph, Gordon J. Brand a
Steve Cipa from England and Jiří Seifert of Czech Republic.
Robin Hiseman, Casa Serena course designer, also returned to see his baby again.
"Although it is not the original tournament of Casa Serena we were used to in past four years, this is a perfect format, very friendly to amateur players, partners and sponsors. We enjoyed our new event very much,“ Andrew Murray, organizer of foreign players participation and Wednesday´s golf clinic, said.
"As far as players were contacted, nobody said no, regarding their participation. Everybody just wanted to get back to that wonderful place and exceptional course, too,“ also Murray, the winner of the 1989 European Open, said.
Casa Serena Invitational Pro-Am was officially opened on Wednesday, September 12th, at the GASK Gallery in Kutná Hora, where the Europa Jagellonica exhibition has been in its final days of running. Mr. Ivo Šanc, the Mayor of Kutná Hora, and Mrs. Jana Šorfová, the Director of GASK, welcomed players and guests. In the evening, Chateau Roztěž organized a friendly barbecue.
As weather improved on Thursday, September 13th, the main event was held without any troubles. Players praised course conditions and set up unanimously.
"We are happy to be able to complete all eighteen holes, as there was a crisis alternative of just nine holes, too, because of rain threat,“ Andrew Murray said.
The winning team of French professional Marc Farry assembled fantastic 13-under par 58 shots result.
"It is just icing on a cake. We went through two marvelous days here in a Czech countryside. This place reminds me France very much. I am happy, not just because of our victory, but also because of the atmosphere and hospitality,“ Marc Farry said.
According to Maureen Chang, founder of Casa Serena, there was a new tradition established.
"We didn´t expect such a big success of our event. We are all impressed by the support of our international professional players, guests and partners, and we hope for a repeat of this event next year again. We are private, but also open to anybody with same golf and business philosophy,“ Maureen Chang said.