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Amateur golfers can bid on line for playing place in Alfred Dunhill Links Championship
September 11, 2012

Amateur golfers are being offered the chance of a lifetime to play in the same tournament as many of the world's leading professionals in the 2012 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

The opportunity to take part in this prestigious invitation-only tournament held over the Old Course at St Andrews, the Championship Course at Carnoustie and the highly regarded Kingsbarns Golf Links from October 4-7 is every golfer's dream.

This exclusive amateur playing place in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship is up for auction through - from 18.00hrs GMT today, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, until 18.00hrs GMT on THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13.

The winning bidder will be treated to the very best of Alfred Dunhill's world famous hospitality. The package includes one amateur place in the 2012 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, five nights accommodation for two at an official tournament hotel (breakfast included), airport transfers from Edinburgh and invitations to the Championship's exclusive social events as honoured guests.

With a prize fund of US$5 million, the championship incorporates two separate competitions - an individual professional tournament for the world's leading golfers and a team event in which th e professionals are paired with some of the most celebrated amateur golfers which creates a unique atmosphere.

Over the years the Alfred Dunhill Links has attracted a strong international field which has included Major Championship winners Darren Clarke, John Daly, Ernie Els, Padraig Harrington, Trevor Immelman, Martin Kaymer, Paul Lawrie, Shaun Micheel, Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel, plus top stars Colin Montgomerie and Lee Westwood.

Among the amateurs who played last year were film and TV stars Andy Garcia, Hugh Grant and John O'Hurley and music legends Don Felder of the Eagles, Huey Lewis and Bon Jovi drummer Tico Torres. A quartet of Britain's sporting knights - Sir Ian Botham, Sir Bobby Charlton, Sir Matthew Pinsent and Sir Steve Redgrave - led a locker room full of sporting heroes, including Dutch football legends Johan Cruyff and Ruud Gullit, former England player Jamie Redknapp and Scottish defender Alan Hansen. Former British tennis No 1 Tim Henman was in the field along with a strong team of cricketers - former England captains Botham, Andrew Strauss and Michael Vaughan, plus Steve Waugh and Shane Warne of Australia.

Bids can be made by visiting and searching for 'Alfred Dunhill Links Championship'.

Funds raised from the auction will be donated to the St Andrews-based Pilgrim Foundation, a charity committed to the restoration of historic monuments and buildings in the Home of Golf. The Foundation's patrons include Sir Sean Connery, Colin Montgomerie, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Sam Torrance, Tony Jacklin and TV commentator Peter Alliss.

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