Lowry relying on home comforts at Carton House

Fly-half Ronan O’Gara (left) and full-back Rob Kearney (right) present Shane Lowry with a rugby shirt signed by the Ireland team.

Fly-half Ronan O’Gara (left) and full-back Rob Kearney (right) present Shane Lowry with a rugby shirt signed by the Ireland team.

SHANE Lowry hopes to take full advantage of some ‘home comforts’ this summer when the Irish Open returns to Carton House in Co. Kildare, for the first time in seven years.
The two-time European Tour champion has been the Touring Professional at Carton House since January 2012, living in Leinster Wood which overlooks the O’Meara Course at the venue which hosts the 2013 Irish Open from June 27-30.
It will be the Montgomerie Course – used for both the 2005 and 2006 Irish Opens won by Stephen Dodd and Thomas Björn respectively – which The European Tour players will tackle once again, and Lowry believes his local knowledge can only help his bid to regain the title he so memorably won as an amateur at County Louth Golf Club in 2009.
Given his association with Carton House, the 25 year old can expect similar home support when he joins Horizon Sport stable mate Rory McIlroy, the World Number One, and three-time Major Champion Padraig Harrington as part of the strong Irish challenge in the field.
“It was obviously a special moment for me to win the Irish Open in Baltray as an amateur, but it would mean a lot to do it again as a professional at Carton House,” said Lowry.
“I’m sure there will be a lot of support, not only for me but for all of the Irish boys, and I’d love to be able to win not only for the fans but for everyone at Carton House who has been so supportive over the past few years.

“The atmosphere was amazing at Royal Portrush last year and I’m sure it will be just the same in June. Carton House is a superb venue and I’m really looking forward to playing in the Irish Open there.”

While Lowry’s victory in The 2009 Irish Open helped to propel him into the world of professional golf and launched his European Tour career, he is now more than established in the paid ranks, having claimed his second European Tour title in last season’s Portugal Masters.
Golf fans hoping to see Lowry in action at Carton House can take advantage of a special advance ticketing offer.
An advance season ticket for all four days can be bought for €70, a saving and €10 on admission at the gate. Adult day tickets are priced at €30 pre-event, and €35 on the gate. Concessions are available at €50 for a season (€60 on the gate) and €20 for any one day (€25 on the gate).
Under-16s accompanied by an adult are admitted free of charge and all car parking is also free. Reserved grandstand seating can also be purchased immediately for Thursday, Friday and Saturday (€10) and the Sunday (€15) of the event.
Additionally, as part of the Irish Open ticket campaign, fans of golf and horse racing can enjoy both sports on the same day – Saturday, June 29 – by purchasing a specially priced ‘Irish Double’ ticket to enjoy the third round of the Irish Open and the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Day for a combined price of €50.

 

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