Newry, Mourne and Down District Council launch new Junior Golf tournament

On the tee box at Warrenpoint Golf Club are, Irish international Colm Campbell; Andy Patterson, Assistant Director Tourism, Culture and Events: Kevin Stevens, Executive Officer, Golfing Union of Ireland (Ulster Branch); Marie Ward, Council Director of Enterprise, Regeneration and Tourism; John White, Chairman of Golfing Union Ireland (Ulster Branch); Austin Crawford, Captain of Kilkeel Golf Club; Raymond Duffin, Captain Warrenpoint Golf Club; and Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson Councillor Roisin Mulgrew.

They’re going all in on junior golf in County Down this summer.
Newry, Mourne and Down District Council in conjunction with the GUI (Ulster Branch), and ILGU (Northern District) have announced details of a new three-day junior event to run from 15-17 August.
This new tournament, which will be hosted by Kilkeel, Warrenpoint and Royal County Down will be on at the same time as the Girls British Amateur Championship at Ardglass GC (14-18 August).
The Newry, Mourne and Down Junior Summer Golf Trophy offers competition for all standards of golfer and at multiple age groups U18, U16 and U14. Competitors will play at Warrenpoint and Kilkeel with the leading 20 qualifiers earning the right to compete at Royal County Down.
For the very young (U10) and beginners (those without an official handicap), a flag competition will run concurrently with the competitions in Kilkeel and Warrenpoint. Golfers will start on the 10th Tee and in 25 shots see how far they can get. After the flag competition, the club professionals will host a clinic for all participants. Prizes will be awarded in the flag competition based on age.
Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson, Councillor Roisin Mulgrew said; “Newry, Mourne and Down District Council are supportive of the development of junior golf and golf tourism in the north of Ireland.”
She continued; “The Newry, Mourne and Down Junior Summer Trophy is an exciting new golf tournament that will be competitive, challenging and fun for junior golfers and aims to help every child enjoy the sport of golf.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase the Newry, Mourne and Down region and to attract junior golfers from across Ireland and beyond. Newry, Mourne and Down District Council hope to see this junior golfing event established as an annual event.”

Chairman of the GUI (Ulster Branch) John White said; “The Golfing Union of Ireland (Ulster Branch) is delighted to be associated with Newry Mourne & Down District Council’s new golf competition “Junior Golf Summer Trophy”.

“This competition is an excellent stepping stone between those taking up the game and those that have reached an elite standard, in all age categories, who play in the various GUI/Ulster Branch Championships across the country.”

He continued; “The attraction to families is especially welcomed, with the competitions at Kilkeel and Warrenpoint supplemented by a Flag competition, for those not able to play in the Summer Trophy itself. We wish all competitors and their family and friends an enjoyable few days in this very picturesque part of the country.”
For further information and to book your space, go to www.visitmournemountains.co.uk.
The long-established Newry Mourne and Down Summer Trophy will also run alongside this exciting new junior event.
Competitors will play Spa GC, St Patrick’s GC and Royal County Down golf Clubs on 15-17 August 2018. To book your space in the Summer Trophy visit www.newrymournedownsummertrophy.com

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