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The 2000 Roxburghe Challenge

Paul Lawrie and Hugh Grant to play in The Roxburghe Challenge


Paul Lawrie, winner of the 1999 Open Championship and Hugh Grant,

leading film star are scheduled to join HRH The Duke of York, Alan Shearer, Sergio Garcia and Jesper Parnevik to play in The 2000 Roxburghe Challenge on Sunday 16th July, the eve of The 2000 Open Championship.

This unique three team charity Challenge match in aid of the NSPCC Full Stop Campaign and Children 1st is being held at The Roxburghe Golf Course in the Scottish Borders. This golfing event is guaranteed to provide both the players and the spectators with an exciting preview to the ‘Open Championship’. Each of the teams will have a professional, a celebrity, and two amateurs: the selection for the teams is as follows:

Team One                   Sergio Garcia                          HRH The Duke of York
                                    Two amateurs

Team Two                   Jesper Parnevik                       Alan Shearer                                              Two amateurs

Team Three                Paul Lawrie                          Hugh Grant                                    Two amateurs

From The Roxburghe Golf Course in The Scottish Borders The Duke of Roxburghe today said:

“ I am thrilled that we have secured a third team. Without a doubt The 2000 Roxburghe Challenge promises to be the single most exciting golfing event ever to be held in The Scottish Borders. We have a wonderful line - up of players, and through our ticket sales we aim to raise a significant amount of money for two very important charities, namely The NSPCC Full Stop Campaign and Children 1st Scotland.”

The third team for the Roxburghe Challenge has been sponsored by UPC, Europe’s largest broadband network services provider on continental Europe.

Mr Mark Schneider Chairman of UPC said:

“We are delighted to be sponsoring a team to participate in such a great event, our support will help raise much needed money for two such good causes.”

All proceeds from the sales of spectator tickets will be given directly to the charities. Spectator Tickets for The Roxburghe Challenge are priced at £30 inclusive of car park souvenir programme and access to the course, are being sold in advance on a first come first served basis.

To reserve tickets please contact the Ticket Lines:01422 846 611 or 01289388264

For Further information about The Roxburghe Challenge please contact:

Barbara Huddart
Telephone: 01289388264
email: glenc99@aolcom

Background to the event: The first Roxburghe Challenge with HRH The Duke of York, Nick Faldo, Gavin Hastings and Colin Montgomerie was held in 1997. The event, with over 2000 spectators, was an outstanding success and raised a substantial amount of money for Macmillan Cancer Relief.

Purpose of Event: To raise vital funds for the NSPCC Full Stop Campaign and Children 1St.           

Format:  2000 Roxburghe Challenge will be a, three team competition with four players per team.
Each team will have One
Leading Professional, One Celebrity, Two Amateurs

The Event will be played over 18 holes and there will be two consecutive competitions:

i)                    Team: The two best net scores at each hole, count towards the team total.

ii)                   Individual: There will also be an individual competition for the professional.

Amateurs will play off their lowest handicap, with a stroke allowance equal to their handicap, to a maximum of 18 for men and 24 for women.

The NSPCC/Children 1st: The NSPCC is the UK’s leading child protection charity, and the only charity with statutory powers. Children 1st their sister charity operate throughout Scotland.

Every Week at least one child is killed through abuse or neglect in the UK. Babies are five times more likely to be murdered than any other segment of the population. There are 35,000 children considered to be at risk in the UK, with 6000 being added to the child protection register every week.

The Full Stop Campaign, headed by HRH The Duke of York is the biggest charity appeal ever launched in this country.

The Full Stop Campaign aims to end cruelty to children within a generation.