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Last few places for Banks & Brokers Golf Championship
May 12, 2011

A few team places are still available in the 2011 Banks and Brokers Golf Championship which culminates in a grand final in Spain in October.

The event - sponsored by Extrabet, the sports betting specialist - provides golfers from the financial services sector a chance to battle for golfing supremacy among their peers.

A maximum of 18 teams of four will scrap it out in two qualifying events - at Brocket Hall on June 6 and East Sussex National Golf Resort & Spa on July 1 - for the right to jet off to Antequera Golf, near Malaga, during October, for a two-day final.

Unlike similar events where only the winning teams make it to the final, in the Banks and Brokers Golf Championship the winning team and the runners-up from both regional events qualify for the final in Spain.

One company already signed up to the event is Tradition UK - the interdealer broking arm of Compagnie Financière Tradition - which provided the winning quartet in the event's inaugural competition in 2006.

David Heffer, from Tradition UK , said: "It's a brilliant event - well organised, with a good buzz about it, and a great atmosphere among the teams. And it's getting better year on year. We've played in every one and we've certainly got an eye on being on that plane down to Spain ."

Other companies taking part include ICAP ; stockbroker Kyte Broking ; broker-dealer MF Global ; Martin Brokers ; brokerage BGC Partners ; Barclays Capital ; HSBC ; Rabobank ; and the City of London-based City Golf Club .

With a one-in-nine chance of being on the plane for the complimentary grand final - and with a number of other fantastic prizes on offer - tournament organisers believe this year's event will be the best yet. Some teams have even entered both events to increase their chances of success.

Those lucky enough to win through to the Spanish final on October 16-17 will enjoy free flights and transfers; two rounds of golf; five-star accommodation at the impressive Hotel La Magdelena, a former convent; tapas lunches on both days and a three-course gala dinner in the Hotel La Magdelena.

The event also helps to raise funds for STAR4Africa, a UK-based charity dedicated to providing opportunities and support for children in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Event organiser Jim Nicholson said: "This is a unique opportunity for people working in a high-pressure sector to unwind and take on their contemporaries in a friendly, yet competitive environment, while helping to raise funds for a very worthwhile cause. And of course there's a great break to be had if you qualify for the final."

The Banks and Brokers Golf Championship is open to all companies and individuals but is aimed primarily at corporations, individuals and other bodies operating in and around the financial services sector.

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