Don’t miss out on your chance to play in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Pro-Am

Announcing details of the initiative are (l-r) K Club Lady Captain Angela Cirillo, Captain Tony Kelly, European Tour Championship Director Rory Colville and Dubai Duty Free golf ambassador Des Smyth. Dear member of the media, please feel free to use the following gratis preview from the Dubai Duty free Irish Open preview (which must be credited to Golffile and used in conjunction with this release only) in your respective publications with immediate effect.

Announcing details of the Irish Open initiative are (l-r) K Club Lady Captain Angela Cirillo, Captain Tony Kelly, European Tour Championship Director Rory Colville and Dubai Duty Free golf ambassador Des Smyth

The theme for this year’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, hosted by the Rory Foundation, is ‘History in the Making’ and that will certainly be the case when one lucky club team lines up to play alongside a top golf professional in the event’s Pro–Am at The K Club on Wednesday May 18.
For the first time ever, The European Tour and Dubai Duty Free are giving golf clubs around the island of Ireland the chance to play alongside international golf superstars and world famous celebrities following the launch of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Club Challenge.
Part of Rory McIlroy’s ‘five point plan’  http://bit.ly/1VA6JvB to encourage golf clubs to help make this year’s Irish Open one of the best yet, the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Club Challenge is a nationwide golf tournament in which all of Ireland’s 420 golf clubs are eligible to compete for one coveted tee slot for three of its members alongside a top professional.
Rory is asking clubs to use existing club competitions to find a Men’s and Ladies’ champion who will then go on to represent their club in regional qualifiers with a national final to be held at The K Club.
The winning team will be invited to participate in the Pro-Am courtesy of title sponsor Dubai Duty Free, which has kindly donated one of its own Pro-Am team spaces for the competition.
Tournament host Rory McIlroy said; “As a huge fan of the Irish Open, it has always been important to me to ensure its longevity and success. I believe that giving a golf club the opportunity to play in what is one of the most exciting events of the week is a great way to encourage clubs to get behind this year’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.

“When I was starting my golf journey at Holywood Golf Club, I would have loved to have an opportunity like this, so I am urging all golf clubs to get involved. I’m really looking forward to seeing the winning team at The K Club on May 18.”

How to enter

Golf clubs wishing to enter the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Club Challenge competition must register their interest at www.golfnet.ie/DDFirishopen before February 29.

The competition works by each club selecting an existing Men’s and Ladies’ singles competition to serve as a team qualifier, in which Junior Members are also eligible to compete. This competition must be held and confirmation of the names of the winners received before April 10, 2016.

The winner of each Men’s and Ladies’ competition selected by the club will form the club’s two-person team, which will then compete in one of 4-6 regional qualifiers which will be held throughout Ireland in late April.

The winners of each regional qualifier will then go forward to compete in the All-Ireland Final, to be held on the Smurfit Course at The K Club in early May.

The winning club will be invited to send their team (male and female participant) as well as an official nominated by the club to compete in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.

The format for the regional qualifiers and final will be four-ball better ball.

The Golfing Union of Ireland (GUI) and Irish Ladies Golf Union (ILGU) will administer entries and will conduct the regional qualifiers and All-Ireland final.

Copy via Ciara Jordan (Duffy Rafferty Communications)
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