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Friday at the Dunhill

Friday at the Dunhill

8. 10. 2010

It is a cloudy and drizzly start to the day at St Andrews which is (as expected) yet again presenting the players with all sorts of weather challenges.

Big galleries turned up for the opening day of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship yesterday at Kingsbarns where the top players enjoyed a spectacular sunny day. The Scottish player Martin Laird emerged victorious from the battle over Kingsbarns fairways with a score of six under par. It is off to the Old Course at St Andrews today.

The excitement, hard work and fun of being a professional golfer was brought to life for the children of Kingsbarns Primary School after they were visited by Italian player Matteo Manassero. A rising star on the European Tour, Matteo took time out from his tournament preparations to visit the children and talk to them about golf and his own meteoric rise.

Peter German, Tournament Director for the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, said:”Matteo thoroughly enjoyed his visit and was given a great reception by the children of Kingsbarns Primary School who were enthralled by his stories. We are delighted to see rising stars like Matteo taking part in the Championship and we value his support in helping us build links with the local community.”

Colin Montgomerie and Graeme McDowell were thrilled to be able to share the experience with their brother and father respectively yesterday.

“Yesterday was a huge thrill,” said Douglas Montgomerie, a 49-year-old private banker based in Newcastle. “Every step of the round there were golf fans wanting to say well done to Colin, and obviously myself and our entire family are very proud indeed of the way that Colin and the European team performed in winning the Ryder Cup.”

McDowell senior, like Douglas Montgomerie playing in the Championship for the first time, added: “To hear all the people congratulating Graeme was wonderful, and playing in this event is making a great week even better. I was very nervous to start with yesterday, playing in front of big crowds like that, but it was a great experience and great to be able to play with Graeme in a tournament as big as this.”

The day finished at the Duke’s Course with a beer and curry night hosted by the Old Course Hotel. The food prepared by the Old Course Hotel’s top Indian chef was outstanding and so was the hospitality of the St Andrews leading 5* hotel. To spice the evening up the guests were invited to take part in a special nearest to pin competition which was taking place after dark and you hit special luminous golf balls to an illuminated 18th green. A different golf indeed but really great fun!

If you are up for learning more about my week behind the scenes at The Alfred Dunhill Links Championship follow this blog.

Posted on June 6, 2011 by admin@golfcomms

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