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Duke’s Members Offered Dream Open Chance

June 25, 2014

Scratch golfers at The Duke's Course in St Andrews are being offered the remarkable chance to play in a competition that offers a route to tee up in next year's Open Championship at the Home of Golf. 

The Duke's, owned by the five red star Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa, hosts a 'Tiger Tees' qualifying competition for members on Sunday 6 July, with the winner of the tournament earning a shot at glory.

Provided the victor has a handicap of 0.0 or better, he will earn a place in the European Men's Amateur Championship, to be hosted over the impressive Duke's layout from 6-9 August.

The event, which attracts the cream of European amateur golf, has been won by the likes of Rory McIlroy, Sergio Garcia and Stephen Gallacher in the past, and this year's winner will earn a coveted spot in The Open at St Andrews in 2015.

For members of The Duke's, all eligible to play in the Tiger Tees challenge, the stakes then simply couldn't be higher.

David Scott, Director of Operations at the Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa, said:  "Staging the International European Men's Amateur Championship is a real honour for our dedicated team at The Duke's, given it was last held in Scotland at Nairn in 2003.

"Now to be able to run a competition where the local winner will be entered in the European Amateur provides local golfers with a fantastic opportunity that could even lead to them playing in The 2015 Open.

"Thank you to the European Golf Association and the Scottish Golf Union for their work in providing us with this wonderful opportunity."

The Tiger Tees event on 6 July will be played over the maximum length of The Duke's, namely around 7,500 yards, and is a significant test of a golfer's ability.

Scott adds: "We've already had non-members approach us with membership enquiries, as this is such an incredible opportunity - perhaps once in a lifetime. As a result, we do expect exceptionally good local, amateur golfers - with a handicap of 0.0 or better - to join us just to be in with a chance to be at next year's Open."

Hamish Grey, Chief Executive of the Scottish Golf Union, echoes Scott's words and added: "We are absolutely delighted to be working with The Duke's in giving their low handicap members this great opportunity.

"The chance is there for a member to go and qualify for the prestigious International European Men's Amateur Championship, one of the world's leading amateur events, which offers the winner a place in the 2015 Open."

If the winner of the Tiger Tees event has a handicap higher than 0.0, then the qualifying spot would then be awarded to the best finishing 0.0 or better golfer, who must also conform with the conditions for the International European Men's Amateur Championship.

View more information on the European Men's Amateur Championship

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