24 hours to bid for a place in Alfred Dunhill Links

ST ANDREWS, September 19, 2016 – Amateur golfers have just 24 hours to bid for the chance to play alongside many of the world’s leading professionals and celebrity amateurs in the prestigious invitation-only Alfred Dunhill Links Championship held over the Old Course at St Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns from October 6-9.

This is the last amateur playing place in the Championship and has been made available by the charitable Alfred Dunhill Links Foundation, which raises funds to assist young amateur golfers in Scotland and South Africa and to support the town and University of St Andrews.

This amazing opportunity also includes the chance to play a practice round with Australian cricket legend Shane Warne on the eve of the event.

The place is up for auction through http://ebay.eu/2cVu1gv Bids must be in by 18.00hrs GMT on TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20.

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 2016 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, a practice round with Shane Warne, 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.

This year the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship includes a classic line-up of Major Championship winners, including current Masters champion Danny Willett, and members of the European Ryder Cup team. Willett will be flying straight from the Ryder Cup in Hazeltine with Rafa Cabrera Bello, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Martin Kaymer, Thomas Pieters, Lee Westwood and Chris Wood, plus captain Darren Clarke.

Other Major Champions in the field include Ernie Els, Padraig Harrington, Louis Oosthuizen, Graeme McDowell, Paul Lawrie, Angel Cabrera and Y.E.Yang. Also playing are former winner and world No.13 Branden Grace, leading Irish golfer Shane Lowry, Andrew Johnston, now universally known as ‘Beef’, and former Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley.
Among the amateurs who have played regularly are entertainment stars Jamie Dornan, Hugh Grant, Andy Garcia, Ronan Keating and Huey Lewis who have shared the fairways with sporting greats like Sir Steve Redgrave, Sir Ian Botham, Michael Phelps, Luis Figo, Ruud Gullit and Jamie Redknapp.

Shane Warne, who has played many times in the event, encouraged golfers to bid to be part of this great event. “To play in the Alfred Dunhill Links is a golfer’s dream and the courses we play are three of the most wonderful in the world. As well as having the golfing experience of a lifetime during the Championship, the winner will be raising money for an important charity as well.”

Bids can be made by visiting http://ebay.eu/2cVu1gv

The proceeds from the auction of 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. The Pilgrim Foundation’s patrons include Sir Sean Connery, Colin Montgomerie, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Sam Torrance, Tony Jacklin and TV commentator Peter Alliss.

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 since its inception.

Admission is free for all spectators over the first three days with final day tickets on Sunday, October 9 available to purchase at the entrance gates for £20 (Seniors £15) or in advance at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/alfred-dunhill-links-championship-tickets-25844992067