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Amateur golfers can bid online for playing place in Alfred Dunhill Links Championship

September 11, 2014

Amateur golfers are being offered the chance of a lifetime to play in the same tournament as many of the world's leading professionals and celebrity amateurs.

The opportunity to take part in the prestigious invitation-only Alfred Dunhill Links Championship held over the Old Course at St Andrews, Carnoustie and the highly regarded Kingsbarns Golf Links, from October 2-5, is every golfer's dream.

This exclusive amateur playing place is up for auction through www.ebay.co.uk - from 19.00hrs GMT today, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 until 18.00hrs GMT on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 15. The amateur playing spot is being made possible by the Alfred Dunhill Links Foundation (registered Scottish charity number SC042414).

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 2014 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 the 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 including Rory McIlroy, Darren Clarke, Ernie Els, Sir Nick Faldo, Padraig Harrington, Martin Kaymer, Paul Lawrie and Louis Oosthuizen, plus top stars Colin Montgomerie and Lee Westwood.

Among the amateurs who have played regularly are film and TV stars Hugh Grant and Greg Kinnear, music legends Don Felder of the Eagles, Huey Lewis and Bon Jovi drummer Tico Torres, British sporting knights Sir Bobby Charlton and Sir Steve Redgrave, football legends Johan Cruyff and Ruud Gullit and former British tennis No 1 Tim Henman.

Bids can be made by visiting www.ebay.co.uk and the bidding starts at £17,000

Funds raised by the Alfred Dunhill Links Foundation are allocated to local and international charitable causes, as selected by the Trustees.  The principal beneficiaries include organisations supporting amateur golf development in Scotland and South Africa, the University of St Andrews and organisations supporting the preservation of the heritage of the town of St Andrews.

The proceeds from this amateur playing spot will benefit the St Andrews-based Pilgrim Foundation (Charity Number SC029297), a charity committed to the restoration of historic monuments and buildings in the Home of Golf, will be one of the charities to benefit from the funds raised. The Pilgrim Foundation's patrons include Sir Sean Connery, Colin Montgomerie, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Sam Torrance, Tony Jacklin and TV commentator Peter Alliss.

This is the 30th year in which Alfred Dunhill has supported golf in St Andrews, beginning in 1985 with the Alfred Dunhill Cup, then from 2001 with the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.




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