Last Chance to Play at St Andrews in The Alfred Dunhill Links and Raise Money for Charity

Tue 3 Sep 19

It’s one of the most eagerly awaited and enjoyable events on the European Tour - the prestigious invitation-only Alfred Dunhill Links Championship – and amateur golfers have one last opportunity to play alongside many of the world’s leading professionals.

This is the final playing spot for auction for amateurs who want to enjoy the unforgettable experience of being part of the Championship, a celebration of links golf at its finest, which is played over the Old Course St Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns from September 26-29.

The place has been made available by the Alfred Dunhill Links Foundation, which raises funds for many charitable causes, including assisting young amateur golfers in Scotland and South Africa and supporting the town and University of St Andrews.

Singer/songwriter Ronan Keating, who is one of the amateurs already sure of his place in the Championship, said: “Believe me this is the ultimate golfing win-win. You get to play in the same field as amazing pro’s like Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood, Tommy Fleetwood and Ernie Els, and you know that your money will benefit so many good causes.”

This last remaining amateur playing place in the Championship is up for auction - from 16.00hrs BST (GMT+1) today MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 until 16.00hrs BST on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9. Bids can be made by visiting www.ebay.co.uk and searching for ‘Alfred Dunhill Links Championship 2019’.

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 2019 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.

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, creating a unique atmosphere.

The winning bidder will be playing in the same field as star golfers such as Rory McIlroy, Tommy Fleetwood, Lee Westwood, Padraig Harrington, Tyrrell Hatton, Ernie Els, Graeme McDowell, Martin Kaymer, Ross Fisher, Matt Wallace, Luke Donald and defending champion Lucas Bjerregaard.

Among the amateurs already confirmed are entertainment stars Ronan Keating, Brian McFadden, Greg Kinnear, Dave Farrell, Huey Lewis and Mike Rutherford, plus sporting greats like footballers Luis Figo, Ruud Gullit, Jamie Redknapp and Vinnie Jones, cricketers Kevin Pietersen and Shane Warne, Olympic rowing legend Sir Steve Redgrave and former world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko.

This is the 35th year that Alfred Dunhill has supported golf at St Andrews, through the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship and previously the Alfred Dunhill Cup. With the creation of the Alfred Dunhill Links Foundation in 2011, millions have been raised for charity.”

The proceeds from the auction of this amateur playing spot will benefit the St Andrews Pilgrim Foundation SCIO, which is based in St Andrews and raises funds to advance community development and heritage by conserving, improving and developing the historic character of the town of St Andrews, an area of outstanding international attraction. The St Andrews Pilgrim Foundation SCIO Honorary President is Sir Michael Bonallack, the former secretary of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club, and is supported by many distinguished patrons including Jack Nicklaus, Tony Jacklin, Sir Sean Connery and Colin Montgomerie. (Scottish Charity Number SC047873).

The Alfred Dunhill Links Foundation (registered Scottish charity number SC042414) is the official Foundation of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship and has raised millions of pounds for good causes.

Admission is free for all spectators over the first three days with final day tickets on Sunday, September 29 available to purchase at the entrance gates for £20 (Concessions £15), or in advance here

Media accreditation is via the European Tour. Register at http://media.europeantour.com

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