Champions charity golf day to help unearth future stars

World Long Drive Champion Joe Miller
World Long Drive Champion Joe Miller

St Andrews Links and Auchterlonies of St Andrews are preparing to host the first-ever Champions Charity Golf Day at The Castle Course.

Taking place on Wednesday, July 8 it promises to be a fun packed day for participants, all set against the spectacular backdrop of the seventh course at the Home of Golf.

All proceeds from the day will be split 50/50 in the names of two of St Andrews greatest sons, Tom Morris and Willie Auchterlonie, who amassed five Open Championships between them. The awards bearing their names, which will be distributed after the event, will celebrate not only their accomplishments but will support future champions in sport and the arts in St Andrews and Langholm.

As well as the competition for teams of four, golfers will enjoy detailed swing analysis from St Andrews Links PGA qualified instruction team while World Long Drive Champion

and Callaway ambassador Joe Miller will demonstrate his prodigious hitting prowess over the course of the day.

Bob Millar, managing director at Auchterlonies of St Andrews, said: “We are delighted to be working with St Andrews Links Trust to deliver the first-ever Champions Charity Golf

Day. Not only does this promise to be a unique and memorable day for every golfer taking part but it will celebrate two of St Andrews’ greatest golfing sons, Tom Morris and Willie Auchterlonie.

“The gifting of awards in their names in St Andrews and Langholm will help to ensure future champions can be nurtured, which is a fitting recognition of the impact these two golfing greats had, not only in helping develop their own young apprentices but in helping to grow the game of golf.”

Euan Loudon, chief executive at St Andrews Links, said: “We are thrilled to be part of the Champions Charity Golf Day, which brings together not only two great St Andrews champions but two long-standing institutions in the town.

“The stature of Tom Morris and Willie Auchterlonie resonates far beyond St Andrews and as such we felt it was of real importance that awards bearing their name make a positive difference and help to identify future champions. We hope that many years from now the combined efforts of St Andrews Links Trust, Auchterlonies of St Andrews and the goodwill of the teams taking part will ensure there is a lasting legacy for the Champions Charity Golf Day and the subsequent awards, one which we can all be proud of.”

Mr Loudon said special thanks should also go to Callaway - St Andrews Links equipment partners - for their assistance in helping Joe Miller attend.

The charity day is being held to recognise St Andrews Links Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of St Andrews Links Trust, and the David Stevenson Trust (DST), a charity which owns the ‘Auchterlonies of St Andrews’ brand joining forces to support St Andrews Links continuing efforts to protect the reputation and heritage of St Andrews.

St Andrews Links protects its registrations for the marks OLD COURSE®, ST ANDREWS® and ST ANDREWS LINKS®, to ensure the benefits of the world’s most famous golf course are realised.

For further information or to guarantee one of the 18 team spots on the day contact Kevin Mackay at The Castle Course on 01334 464500 or by emailing kevin.mackay@standrews.com