Kearney to defend PGA Ulster title at Hilton Templepatrick

Niall Kearney will defend his HBE Risk Management sponsored PGA Ulster Championship title at The Hilton Templepatrick from October 2 and 3.
“Winning the Ulster Championship last year was a big boost to me and, hopefully, after the Tour School first stage I’ll be in good form to defend the title,” said Kearney who carded rounds of 69/68/69 and 71 to comfortably progress to stage two of Tour school.
Last year, Kearney won the Ulster title by five shots, following up an opening round 68 with a seven-birdie, one eagle 64 for a 12-under-par total  of 132.

 “Playing in the Ulster Championship is a pleasure. Everything is so handy up there with the hotel right on the course and the staff look after us very well. With no travel involved between rounds it makes a big difference.”

Kearney will be joined in the field by European Tour player Damien McGrane and former British Amateur Champion, Brian McElhinney, who has been performing well on the Irish PGA circuit in recent months.
Irish PGA Secretary Michael McCumiskey said; “We have had two really fantastic events at Templepatrick back in 2011 and 2012 and we are again looking to repeat the past success in 2013. The event depends on the support from members and local club golfers and the course is in pristine condition.”
Paula Collins the Hotel Manager, also stated that she was delighted to welcome back the PGA Professionals to Templepatrick for a third successive year.
“The golf course is now 15 years old and continues to mature providing a real test for golfers of all abilities,” said Paula.
“I’m sure that all the professionals and amateur competitors in the Pro-Am preceding the event will be pleasantly surprised as to how the course has toughened up and become more defined. Michael Loughran and his green keeping staff have worked tirelessly to prepare for this and all other events during the season.”
Adrian Byrne, managing director at HBE Risk Management commented, “HBE are delighted to be sponsoring this prestigious event in the golfing calendar. Golf is close to my heart, as many an Irish man will say, and I’m pleased to support the PGA and the Hilton Templepatrick during this tournament.”
If you are interested in playing alongside one of Ireland’s leading professionals in the Pro-Am on Tuesday Oct 1, contact Eamonn Logue on 02894 435542 or by e-mail



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