Golfers offered a once in a lifetime opportunity

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A once in a lifetime opportunity to play in the 2015 Open Championship in St Andrews is being offered to local golfers.

Members of the Duke’s Course, who play off a 0.0 handicap, are being invited to compete for a place at the Open when it arrives at the Home of Golf.

The Duke’s, owned by the five red star Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa, will hold a ‘Tiger Tees’ qualifying competition for members on Sunday, July 6, with the winner of the tournament earning the 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 Duke’s layout from August 6-9.

The winner of that event will earn a coveted spot in The Open.

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.

“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.”

If the winner of the Tiger Tees event has a handicap higher than 0.0, then the qualifying spot would be awarded to the best finishing 0.0 or better golfer, depending on amateur golf rule conditions.