Carvill and Wardlow grab NI Open opportunity

Chris Carvill (left) with Gary Wardlow (right)

Chris Carvill (left) with Gary Wardlow (right)

Chris Carvill (Belvoir Park GC) and Gary Wardlow (QUB) battled high winds and a strong field at Knock Golf Club to earn their spots in the 2015 Northern Ireland Open in association with SPHERE Global and Ulster Bank at Galgorm Castle from August 6-9.
Belvoir Park assistant professional Carvill was the only player to break par in very windy conditions around the East Belfast layout signing for a one under par 69 that left him three shots clear of Wardlow, Chris Carroll (Shandon Park) and Damian Mooney (Ballyliffin).
With only two qualifying spots on offer, the trio embarked on a sudden-death contest down the 330 yard par four first. After all three players drove close to the green Carroll hit the best pitch, into 10 feet with Mooney 15 feet away and Wardlow furthest away at 18 feet.
However, it was Wardlow who grabbed the golden opportunity, rolling in his putt for birdie and when Mooney and Carroll failed to convert their chances he had secured his spot in the Challenge Tour event.
The NI Open has captured the imagination in recent years with record crowds attending Galgorm to see the likes of tournament ambassador Michael Hoey and other household names in action.
“We are fortunate the NI Open holds a key date on the international schedule and will be looking to attract the game’s top players to Ballymena at the start of August for what promises to be another festival of tournament golf right here in Northern Ireland,” said Gary Henry, Managing Director Galgorm Castle Estates and NI Open Tournament Director.
Next week, Redditch GC in England will host the second Professionals’ pre-qualifier when over 60 players will battle it out to earn two places available for the NI Open.
In addition, amateurs will also get their chance to qualify for the NI Open through the annual North of Ireland Amateur Strokeplay played at Galgorm Castle.
The 36-hole strokeplay event will take place on Tuesday, June 9th with the winner to receive an invite to the NI Open. Entry for the North of Ireland Strokeplay Tournament is £25 (€30) and the closing date is Monday, May 25th, entry forms are available via http://www.niopen.co.uk/news
For further information please contact Galgorm Castle on 028 2564 6161 or email golf@galgormcastle.com

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