Concra Wood grabs opportunity to stage Irish Challenge


They’ve always had a can-do attitude at Concra Wood.
It got the course built in the first place and has kept it going through difficult financial times.
So, when club professional Conor McKenna received a phone call in January enquiring if the club would like to stage the Irish Challenge he didn’t give it a moment’s thought.
“I think I considered it for around three seconds before saying yes,” said Conor speaking on the NI Golf Podcast.
“When the Challenge Tour come knocking on your door, you just can’t refuse them.

“The format of the Irish Challenge with the involvement of Team Ireland, CGI etc really fits the bill for us and what is going on at the golf club.”

The stunning 7,300-yard layout in Castleblayney, Co Monaghan was designed by Ireland golfing legends Christy O’Connor Junior and Senior.
Offering lake views from every tee, with Lough Muckno coming into play on 11 of the 18 holes, the spectacular parkland course will host the fourth edition of the Irish Challenge (October 4-7).
The venue is no stranger to championship golf, having hosted the EuroPro Tour between 2012 and 2014, and its par-72 course is set to provide a tough test for some of global golf’s finest young talents later this year.

Homegrown players competing in the Irish Challenge will once again battle it out for the Christy O’Connor Junior Memorial Trophy, which is awarded to the highest-ranked Irish player in the tournament.
Alain de Soultrait, European Challenge Tour Director, said: “We are thrilled to confirm that the Irish Challenge will take place at Concra Wood Golf Club. We would like to thank everyone at Concra Wood Golf Club for their support in hosting the Irish Challenge.”
Seamus Mallon, Chairman of Concra Wood Golf Club, said: “We are delighted to be hosting the Irish Challenge. The competitors are in for four days of challenging but very enjoyable golf and we know Concra Wood will provide a stern test.

“To host a Challenge Tour event this year is a great achievement considering our course will celebrate its 10th anniversary in July. We have many celebrations and events planned for this year but this certainly is the icing on the cake!”

Pat Finn, CEO of the Golfing Union of Ireland, said: “This tournament is a crucial part of the High Performance Programme run by the Confederation of Golf in Ireland.
“Thanks to Sport Ireland’s support, the players from Team Ireland Golf are provided with vital tournament exposure and playing opportunities, not just at their home event but across the Challenge Tour season.
“I’m sure we’ll see in October four days of excellent golf and it’s a chance for golf fans to come and support Ireland’s most talented players on home soil.”

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