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Torrance to contest Par-3 Championship

Ryder Cup hero to feature at Nailcote Hall

SAM TORRANCE is the latest big name to join a stellar line-up for the 2013 Farmfoods British Par-3 Championship. The Ryder Cup legend will join former team-mates Ian Woosnam and Peter Baker, as well his former captain Tony Jacklin in the event, which takes place at Nailcote Hall on August 6-9 this year.

Also in the field are European Tour winner Scott Jamieson, from Scotland, Torrance’s fellow Ryder Cup legend Brian Barnes, current European Senior Tour star Gary Wolstenholme, former World Cup winner Marc Warren, Champions Tour star Mark Mouland, as well as European Tour stars Graeme Storm, Oliver Fisher, Gary Boyd and Robert Rock.

Last year’s event attracted over 8,000 spectators to Nailcote Hall over the four days play and that number is expected to rise with the addition of some fantastic golfing and celebrity names this year.

Amongst the celebrities expected to play at Nailcote Hall this year are Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, South African cricket legend Mike Procter, England Ashes star Matthew Hoggard MBE, England’s most capped footballer of all time Peter Shilton OBE, Strictly Come Dancing Judge Len Goodman, snooker commentator Willie Thorne, and BBC Sport presenter Dan Walker.

Torrance, who turns 60 years old later this year, is excited at the opportunity to make his debut in the championship, which has also doubled its prize fund this year to an incredible £100,000.

“I have heard so many great things about the British Par 3 Championship and I am delighted to be joining many fellow friends and professionals as well as some of the future stars in the game for what should be a testing week of golf,” said the Scot.

Matthew Hayes, managing director of brand agency Champions (UK) plc, who organise the event, is thrilled that Torrance has joined this year’s line-up.

“I am delighted with the progress of the Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship and that we are attracting players of the stature of Sam Torrance,” said Hayes.

“He was such a consistent and successful performer on the European Tour for over 20 years and his Ryder Cup record speaks for itself.”

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