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Players participate in public putting contest

Three of the golfers competing in the Raiffeisenbank Prague Golf Masters displayed their putting skills on Tuesday as part of a publicity campaign designed to attract spectators to Albatross Golf Resort this week.

Czech players Karolina Vlckova and Kristyna Paulickova were joined by Russian Vera Shimanskaya in the Republic Square in Prague on Tuesday afternoon.

Members of the public were invited to participate in a putting competition to win free tickets if they could hole one out of three putts.

The 250,000 Euro event, which takes place from June 22-24, will see 126 players from the LET participate, including eight Czech women.

In a sign of the growing strength of Czech golf, professionals Klara Spilkova, Barbora Barcalova, Daniela Prorokova and Denisa Sobotkova will take part along with leading amateurs Karolina Vlckova, who made the cut in Slovakia in a strong professional field, Katerina Krasova, Marie Lunackova and Kristyna Pavlickova.

Albatross, which is located just outside the country's capital Prague, was recently ranked the No. 1 course in the Czech Republic by Golf Digest.

The course is in excellent shape with the recent warm weather helping the green keeping team. Course Manager Jiri Dvorak, said: "Albatross is a young course which is only in its third year of operation so it is a big commitment for us to host a tour event. We are working closely with the Ladies' European Tour to ensure that the playing surfaces meet the highest standards and that every detail is taken care of. Last year we received some fantastic feedback from the tour officials which was welcome recognition for our greenkeeping team. We were highly motivated to improve upon last year and have worked hard to ensure the course is in top class condition for the tournament."

Albatross´ Owner Jiri Simane added: "I am very excited about welcoming the Ladies' European Tour event to Albatross for the second time. I am delighted that last year´s tournament was such a success and that we managed to live up to the expectations of the players, officials and visitors alike. I am confident that we will deliver an equally successful event this year. It is essential for the Czech Republic as a golf destination to host professional tournaments to prove that the country is serious about building its image as a golf destination. We want to play our part in that here at Albatross."

Tickets for the Raiffesisenbank Prague Golf Masters are available in advance for 150 - 250 CZK (£4.50 - £8) per day, a 50% discount on prices at the gate. Entry is free for under 15s. Albatross will be closed for visitor play until June 24.

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About Albatross Golf Resort, Czech Republic:
Albatross Golf Resort is located at Vysoky Ujezd about 30 minutes' drive from the centre of Prague and 15 minutes´ from Ruzyne International Airport.

The golf course occupies an area of more than 80 hectares (197.684 acres) and is situated on a hillside bordering the Cesky kras (Czech Karst) Nature Reserve. With an altitude of 420 metres (1377.95 feet) above sea level it benefits from a micro-climate and enjoys one of the longest golf seasons in central Europe.

The course was opened in 2009 and designed by leading golf architect Keith Preston. It is a PAR 72 with a USGA Course Rating 74.4 and Slope Rating 139 (off the white tees).




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