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WORLD snooker champion Ronnie O'Sullivan heads a list of sporting celebrities that will beplaying in the PGA Europro Tour Pro-Am at Stoke-by-Nayland on Sunday.

WORLD snooker champion Ronnie O'Sullivan heads a list of sporting celebrities that will be

playing in the PGA Europro Tour Pro-Am at Stoke-by-Nayland on Sunday.

O'Sullivan will be one of four big name snooker players taking part, the others being Welshman Matthew Stevens, Paul Hunter and former six times world champion Steve Davis.

Davis, who played in the Pro-Am least year, will also entertain the guests at the gala dinner that will follow the event.

Football is well represented with Arsenal's England midfield player Ray Parlour heading an impressive list that also includes his former Gunners colleague Lee Dixon while Ipswich Town captain Jim Magilton, Martjin Reuser and Shefki Kuqi will also be in the field.

Former world champion athletes Kriss Akabusi and John Regis have confirmed their attendance as well as the BBC Look East team of Ian Winter, Ivor Moores and Alex Dunlop whose wife, BBC presenter Susie Fowler-Watt, will join him on the day.

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Ipswich-based Olympic swimmer Karen Pickering will attend the dinner.

Because of the demand with over 50 teams taking part, there will be two shot-gun starts.

Each team of three will be joined by one of the top professionals who will be competing in the three-day PGA Europro Tour event that starts on Tuesday, June 29.

Greg Owen, the 2003 British Masters champion, will be giving two master classes at the driving range at 11 am and 4 pm on Sunday.

As far as the PGA Europro Tour event is concerned, there will be 160 professionals from all over the world taking part.

This is the second year that Stoke-by-Nayland have staged one of these events, and last year it was an unqualified success with the Gainsborough course receiving many compliments from the players.

Later in the year Ufford Park will also be staging a Europro Tour event for the second time.

Sky Sports will be covering the three days at Stoke-by-Nayland and it will be shownduring the week starting July 12 and will be seen by more than 100 countries worldwide over the following six weeks.

Spectators are welcome free of charge to watch both the Pro-Am on Sunday and the PGA Europro Tour event itself and also make full use of the clubhouse.

There should be a tremendous four days of golf at the Suffolk club, and no doubt spectators on Sunday will be interested to see if Ronnie O'Sullivan is as handy with a golf club as he is with a snooker cue.

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