Jul 8 2011 by Gordon Bannerman, Perthshire Advertiser Friday
JOHNNIE Walker Championship organisers are teeing-up a prize for any club golfer who celebrates a hole-in-one over the weekend of the Open Championship.
Each player who posts an ace and who submits a scorecard verified by their club secretary will receive four complimentary season tickets for the winner and three friends to visit the European Tour event at Gleneagles from August 25-28.
Victorious Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie is the Championship chairman and he will lead a field which also includes Ryder Cup player and defending champion Edoardo Molinari and 2007 winner Marc Warren.
To qualify, players must be competing in a recognised club medal championship on the weekend of the Open Championship (July 16/17), be over 18 years of age on Saturday, July 16, be a golf club member, and their scorecards must be verified by a club secretary
Tournament director Graeme Marchbank said: “Johnnie Walker has long been a supporter of both golf and Scotland.
“The weekend of the Open Championship is one of the most exciting for professional golfers and we’re adding this incentive for club players in a year when it is not taking place here in Scotland.
“You may not play like Monty or Molinari, however scoring a hole-in-one is a great achievement for any golfer and one that deserves to be celebrated. What better way to do just that than with a group of friends while enjoying the opportunity to see some of the world’s leading golfers here in Scotland as they tackle the challenges of The PGA Centenary Course at Gleneagles, the host venue for the 2014 Ryder Cup.”
Past champion Marc Warren is also an ambassador for the Big County event.
He added: “The Gleneagles setting for the Johnnie Walker Championship is one of the most picturesque we enjoy as professionals, this is a great opportunity for spectators to enjoy the views without having to focus on their own score!
“I wish every golfer playing in their own club competition on July 16/17 good luck. I look forward to all the hole in one winners joining the galleries in August.”
Ace golfers can send confirmation of their feat to to email@example.com