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Millennium Pairs Classic for UK golfers - Ireland beckons

It is going to be a memorable 1999 for all amateur club golfers across the UK with a major competition running into the year 2000.

The Millennium International Pairs Classic will be the biggest club competition ever with prizes guaranteed to bring a smile to the winners and members of the club the winning pair represent. Clubs will stage their own individual betterball pairs events during 1999 and all participating golfers - men and women - will receive a green fee voucher to play in Ireland.

The winning club pairs will then travel to Ireland to play in an all-expenses paid series of semi-finals in September 1999. The top 50 pairs will then return to Ireland to battle it out over two days to find the overall winners of the Millennium Classic. The final will be played at one of the superb courses which are part of the Golfing Ireland group with a 20,000 hand crafted Waterford Crystal Trophy going to the winning club.

Then comes the bonus! That club will link with the participating courses in the Golfing Ireland Group offering superb golf opportunities during the year 2000.

Larry Byrne, Chairman of Golfing Ireland commented: " When you come to Ireland you are made to feel part of the whole scene of the island, its folk lore and atmosphere. We are looking forward to hosting this event."

Damien Ryan of the Irish Tourist Board adds: "We hope everyone who takes part in this competition has an enjoyable time with the opportunity to play some of our wonderful golf courses."

The event is being organised by Ross Honey of Worldwide Leisure Marketing Ltd in Hampshire. WLM has extensive travel experience and each year take groups of up to 4,000 people on a regular basis to France and Ireland.

"This is truly a unique competition, with sponsors with as Stena Line and The Irish Tourist Board, everything is in place to make the next two years unique for club golfers across the UK. Entry fee is 5.00 for each pair of golfers with a minimum of 25 pairs playing at each club," says Ross Honey.

Leaflets, brochures and background information has been sent to over 3,000 UK golf clubs. The event has already received extensive coverage of SKY Sports.

All enquiries to 01705 571668

January 1999