Chance to play with the stars in Dunhill Links

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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 2011 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 September 29 – October 2 is every golfer’s dream.

This exclusive amateur playing place in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship is up for auction through www.ebay.co.uk until 6pm next Thursday (sept 8th).

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 Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Seve Ballesteros, Tony Jacklin, Sir Sean Connery and Colin Montgomerie.

Bids can be made by visiting www.ebay.co.uk and searching for ‘Alfred Dunhill Links Championship’.

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 2011 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.

The Alfred Dunhill Links Championship is unique. With a prize fund of US$5 million, it incorporates two separate competitions – an individual professional tournament for the world’s leading golfers and a team event in which they are paired with some of the most celebrated amateurs.

Over the years the Championship has attracted a strong international field which has included Open champion Darren Clarke, US Open champion Rory McIlroy, Masters champion Charl Schwartzel, current world No 1 and No 2, Luke Donald and Lee Westwood, plus major championship winners Ernie Els, Retief Goosen, Padraig Harrington, Trevor Immelman, Martin Kaymer and Louis Oosthuizen.

Among the celebrities who have taken part in the past are film and TV stars Andy Garcia, Hugh Grant and Kyle MacLachlan  plus rock music legends Huey Lewis and Tico Torres.

Last year, three of Britain’s sporting knights – Sir Ian Botham, Sir Bobby Charlton and Sir Steve Redgrave – led a locker room full of sporting heroes, including Dutch football legends Johann Cruyff and Ruud Gullit, cricketers  Allan Lamb, Michael Vaughan, Steve Waugh and Shane Warne, along with immensely popular former Wimbledon tennis player Tim Henman and Austrian downhill skier Franz Klammer.

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