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Team NI target three-in-a-row following sensational 2017 Belfast golfing experience

January 4, 2018

Team NI celebrate Writer Cup 2017 success

Whisper it quietly, but the worm may have turned.
Northern Ireland’s golfing journalists retained the Writer Cup in 2017. That’s right, two in row! So long the whipping boys, Team NI has finally found a backbone.
The eighth edition of the Writer Cup – the Ryder Cup style event hosted by Tourism NI that pitches Northern Ireland journalists against Republic of Ireland journalists was played at Holywood GC and Royal Belfast GC.
While most of the golfing focus in Northern Ireland gravitates towards our classic links venues – Royal Portrush, RCD, Portstewart etc – Belfast can provide a unique golfing experience of its own.
Nine-holers, municipal courses, Championship venues – Belfast has pretty much every option available. There’s driving ranges and even an indoor facility – Citi Golf – when the conditions take a turn for the worse.
Staying and playing in Belfast means you can make the most of a city that has been branded ‘the best place to visit in 2018’ by top travel guide Lonely Planet.
Inspired by the surroundings of Rory McIlroy’s home course, Team NI completed a day one whitewash in the fourballs at Holywood GC to grab a commanding 4-0 lead.
The teams were treated to a wonderful evening meal at Belfast’s McHugh’s Bar after which they retreated to their base for the evening, the Hilton Hotel, near the iconic Waterfront Hall.
Team ROI had a mountain to climb in the day two singles which were staged at the historic Royal Belfast GC.
Needing just two points to retain the title a comfortable victory appeared on the cards for the ‘home’ side.
In the end, the outcome was much closer than anyone expected with ROI winning the singles 4.5 to 3.5.
It was not enough (thankfully) to prevent Team NI collecting the trophy for the second year in succession by a 7.5 to 4.5 margin. Can they make it a hat-trick of successes in 2018?

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Holywood GC and Royal Belfast are both situated just outside Belfast within 30 minutes drive of the Hilton Hotel.

Plans for new clubhouse at Holywood GC


Holywood GC

Holywood GC has recently embarked on an ambitious development plan which will transform the club in the next 18 months.
The clubhouse is set for a major upgrade to include new facilities including, a state of the art fitness suite, an indoor golf simulator and entertainment room and a Golf Academy complete with the latest technology.
In preparation for these changes, the 18th green has already been moved further away from the clubhouse and remodelled. The course is an 18 hole undulating parkland neighbouring Redburn Country Park. It overlooks the city and Belfast Lough with views that are unrivalled in the area.
To score well requires accurate driving as opposed to length and good approach shots are needed to find the greens.
Rory McIlroy stated that; “Holywood was a great course for me to learn the game on, it has all the traits that develop your game from playing it regularly. It helps you to learn to shape your shots, places emphasis on your short game and creates more versatile and adaptable golf game through the variety of different shots encountered. I have no doubt that the course helped me to become the golfer I am today.”

Looking down in the eighth green and to the left the ninth fairway at Royal Belfast

Royal Belfast
Founded in 1881, Royal Belfast Golf Club lays claim to the title of the oldest golf course in Ireland. The present layout dates back to 1925, when responsibility for the design was handed to the now revered course architect Harry Colt.
With the assistance of Walker Cup player W.A. Murray, Colt produced a course of great charm which provides a true test of skill and enjoys unrivalled views of Belfast Lough and the Antrim plateau beyond.
Royal Belfast is always meticulously maintained with impeccable greens and groves of rhododendrons and gorse providing a colourful backdrop in spring. There is a secluded, timeless feel to the club, one that has attracted the likes of tour players Michael Hoey and Rory McIlroy to play and practice at the venue.
At the heart of its varied challenges is the constant requirement for accuracy rather than length, providing all levels of golfer with a fair test of golf. The numerous bunkers and subtly sloped greens ensure that posting a low score is indeed a difficult feat.
It offers a stern golfing challenge, and the club has hosted numerous championships, most recently the Senior British Open Amateur Championship won by Spain’s Macarena Campomanes Eguiguren

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Driven Mehaffey targets Curtis Cup and NCAA Championship double in 2018

December 19, 2017

Olivia Mehaffey in action with ASU

Christmas, a time to relax and unwind unless, that is, you’re Olivia Mehaffey (RCDL).
The 20-year-old Irish international hasn’t stopped since flying back home from the US where she is in the second year of a golf scholarship at Arizona State University.
Olivia is in full prep mode, planning for a 2018 that she hopes will include a successful defence of the Curtis Cup with GB&I and the NCAA Championship title with her college teammates.
The Banbridge golfer was recently named on the 14-player provisional GB&I squad along with three other Irish internationals, Paula Grant (Lisburn), Annabel Wilson (Lurgan) and the leading amateur player in the world, Leona Maguire (Slieve Russell).
“I think we will have a really strong team this year,” said Olivia who is currently ranked 13th in the world.
The 40th Curtis Cup match will be played from 8-10 June next year at Quaker Ridge Golf Club in New York. GB&I will be attempting to retain the title after an 11½-8½ win over the US at Dun Laoghaire GC, Co Wicklow in 2016.
In preparation, six potential GB&I team members, including Olivia, Leona and Annabel, met up at the venue last month for a bit of reconnaissance.
“It was really nice to get out there and play the course. It means that whoever gets picked on the team has that bit of knowledge which will certainly help,” added Olivia who won 3.5 points on her Curtis Cup debut at Dun Laoghaire.
“It was a typical parkland with greens that were very quick and had plenty of slope.”
The eight-player team will be announced on April 26 next year. The two leading players on the world rankings will automatically make the team, with six players selected by the R&A’s women’s selection committee.

Given her impressive individual matchplay record – she won three out of three to help Arizona win the NCAA title last May – it would be something of a shock not to see Olivia make the team but she’s not taking anything for granted which is why she was at Carton House last week working with coach Donal Scott.
“The game is good. I’m very happy with how I played this semester, I’m just making a few changes,” added the sociology student.
“I’m working on some new stuff now to get ready for next year.”
Arizona will be defending their title without the experienced Monica Vaughan, who graduated in the summer and Linnea Strom who will turn professional early next year. It’s likely to mean that, as the top-ranked player on the team, more responsibility will fall on Olivia’s shoulders.
She added; “I see myself as a bit of a leader and I think it is a good opportunity to embrace that role.
“I love playing first in match play. It’s about getting out there and getting some early points on the board. It’s something that I thrive on a bit.
“Losing Monica and Linnea is a big hit because they are both top 10 in the world. We will have to step up as a group. We still have a really great team. Four of the squad remain from last year. It’s exciting, we’ll see what happens.”

Tom McKibbin and GolfNow make festive donation to Children’s Hospice

December 15, 2017

Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice Ambassador Tom McKibbin, NI Children’s Hospice Community Nurse Pamela Armstrong and GolfNow PR Manager Andrew Hollywood


Ulster and Ireland amateur, Tom McKibbin, dropped into Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice with a special festive gift this week.
Before jetting off to Florida, to compete in the Junior Orange Bowl in Miami and the Junior Honda Classic, Tom teamed up with tee-time marketplace leaders GolfNow to donate £700, covering the cost of THREE Specialist Community Nursing Service days as a Christmas gift to his adopted charity. (It costs hospice £225 per day to run children’s community nursing services.)
Newtownabbey-born Tom became an Ambassador for Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice last year and has since raised thousands of pounds for NI Children’s Hospice.
The 14-year-old Belfast Royal Academy student seized upon Justin Rose’s WGC-HSBC Championship win in Shanghai at the end of October and asked the winner to donate a course flag with a personal message for auction.
The unique flag raised £350 for Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice and was then matched by GolfNow’s Northern Ireland-based office.
Tom said: “I was really pleased when Justin Rose donated the signed flag for me to auction in aid of Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice and that GolfNow has matched the amount to support this great organisation.

“It means a lot to know that everyone involved has made a vital contribution to children’s hospice services.”

GolfNow International Marketing Director Andrew Hollywood said: We’re delighted to match Tom’s donation for the Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice. Tom has been innovative in raising funds for vital services this year and we wish him luck over the festive period.”
Pamela Armstrong, Community Nurse Specialist at NI Children’s Hospice, said: “Tom is a wonderful Ambassador and really puts his heart into raising awareness of our services, our young patients and their families. We are very proud of him, and wish him every success in his forthcoming tournaments.”

Ulster Branch news – Reece Black claims Boys OoM; John White named Branch Chairman

December 10, 2017

Ulster Branch 2017 OoM winners (l-r)
Andrew Morris sponsor, Aaron Marshall (Lisburn), Reece Black (Hilton Templepatrick), Joshua Hill (Galgorm Castle), John McKinstry (Cairndhu) Ulster Branch Junior Convenor

East of Ireland Champion, Reece Black, was crowned Ulster Boys Order of Merit winner at the recent Ulster Branch GUI ADM.
The Hilton Templepatrick member carded a superb final round 66 to claim the East. In doing so, the 17-year-old became the youngest ever winner of the East in its 77-year history.
The U16 Order of Merit winner was Lisburn’s Aaron Marshall. Aaron won the Munster and Leinster Boys titles and also came second in the Irish Boys while Joshua Hill (Galgorm Castle) lifted the U14 award.
John White (left) a member of Co Armagh GC was elected Ulster Branch Chairman for a two-year term.  John joined Co Armagh as a juvenile and played at Senior Cup and Barton Shield level. He has served on numerous committees, is a past captain and past president of the club and is currently a trustee.
He has been involved with the Ulster Branch for some 20 years and has held the posts of Hon Treasurer and Hon Secretary. He has also been a provincial selector for some years and is a former captain of the Senior Interprovincial team winning the title in 2005 and 2006.
At national level, John is a previous convenor of the Venues and Fixtures and High Performance Committees and is currently the Ulster nominee to the GUI Board. He is also an Irish Senior selector and has acted as team manager on several occasions including a victorious European Nations (2016) and two Home International winning teams (2015 and 2017).
Norman Bennett (Holywood) was elected Hon Secretary, Alasdair Gibson (Knock) Hon Treasurer and Brian Hutchinson (Donaghadee) Hon Match and Handicapping Secretary.
Elected to the provincial council were; Jackie Graham (Castlerock), Terry Magee (Clandeboye), Tony Cassidy (Dunmurry) and David Heaney (Scrabo).
Elected to the Match and Handicap committee were; Patsy McCaffrey (Enniskillen), Billy McCaul (Greencastle), John Doran (Letterkenny), Jason Wilson (Loughgall), Michael Leonard (Portsalon) and Jeff Forde (Tandragee).

 

Mooney and Graham share top spot at St Patrick’s

November 24, 2017

Damien Mooney

It may not be the ideal time of year for sub-par rounds of golf but Damian Mooney and Gareth Graham belied that notion to post rounds of three-under-par 66 and share top spot at the Ping PGA Ulster Golfers’ Alliance event at St Patrick’s, Downpatrick.
Mooney (Damian Mooney Golf) had built a three-shot advantage by the eighth hole having birdied the second, third and eighth.
He drove the green for a birdie three at the second, found the green at the long third with a drive and six iron, while at the short eighth he wedged to one inch.
However, the charge was halted when he drove into trees leading to a bogey five at the ninth to turn in two-under-par 33.
Damian’s drive for success was recharged with a 25-foot birdie putt at the short 11th, after an eight iron approach to the green, but another wayward drive into trees at the 13th cost him another stroke.  That was offset when he chipped to a foot for a birdie three at 16 and with a par/par finish, he was back in 33 for his 66.

Gareth Graham

Graham (Groomsport DR) birdied the long third after a drive and four iron to 20 feet and picked up another shot at the the par-four sixth but wiped out the advantages when he visited the trees, followed by the sand and then three-putted the seventh for a double-bogey six.
A chip and putt birdie three at the 10th, followed by a four-foot birdie on 13 and a six-footer at the next got Graham to three under but after duffing a wedge and taking three to get down he pencilled in bogey five at 17. Still, the Groomsport pro finished strongly with an eight iron to 10 feet for a birdie two at the last as he tied with Mooney.

Ping PGA Ulster Golfers’ Alliance at St Patrick’s
Professionals: 66 (-3) – D Mooney (Damian Mooney Golf), G Graham (Groomsport DR).
69 – P Farrell (Laganview Golf Centre).
70 – C Carvill (Belvoir Pk), R Whitford (Knock).
71 – G Wardlow (Spa), C Lyle (Donaghadee).

Amateurs
Overall Nett, 43 pts – S Goldthorpe 16 (Blackwood).
Category 1 (8&U): 42 pts – M McCrory 6 (Clandeboye); 42 – J Johnston 7 (Belvoir Pk)
Category (9-14): 38 pts – G Reilly 9 (St Patrick’s); 38 -N Gallagher 10 (Hilton Templepatrick)
Category (14+), 42 pts – S McKillop 16 (Portstewart); 39 – L Hale 21 (Shandon Pk).
Gross, 35 pts – I Smyth 4 (Clandeboye).
Team: 93 pts – Pro D Mooney (Damian Mooney Golf) with N Gallagher 10 (Hilton Templepatrick, R Clarke 15 (Dunmurry) & A Hynds 8 (Dunmurry).

With thanks to Tony McGee

Mooney finishes in style to claim Clandeboye UGA victory

November 2, 2017

Damien Mooney

Damian Mooney battled a balky putter on his way to success at the PGA Ulster Golfers’ Alliance event at Clandeboye.
Mooney’s ability to shake off mistakes was very evident on a day when he three-putted four times as he posted 37 points to finish one point ahead of Blackwood’s Stuart Bleakley.
The winner three-putted the first and third holes for bogey fives before he steadied the ship at the sixth with a drive and five iron to set up a birdie four.
Unfortunately, the putting woes crept back in at the ninth with another three-putt as he turned in 16pts.
A steady par followed at the 10th but after a further three-putt bogey on the 11th, Damian responded with an inspired run of golf that saw him play the closing seven holes in four under par.
He chipped and putted for birdie four on 12 and added a birdie three at the next after a sand-wedge approach to a foot. The par five 15th presented another opportunity and he reduced that to four blows with a drive, three-wood, a chip and putt, to pencil in a further birdie.
Now back to level par, Mooney polished off his round with a par-birdie-par finish, again steering a sand-wedge to one foot for birdie three on 17 as he came home with 21 points.
Donaghadee’s Craig Lyle, and amateur partners A Verner (Portstewart), J Ross (Donaghadee) and D Cooke (Donaghadee) claimed the team award.
The nett prize for amateurs was collected by Blackwood’s Jim Connelly who posted 38 pts.
The gross prize went to Clandeboys 4 handicapper Ian Smyth who carded 33 pts.

Ulster Golfers’ Alliance at Clandeboye – Pro Leaderboard

Killymoon steps into the limelight with Revive Active Fourball victory

October 10, 2017

Vonnie Noonan (President, ILGU) presenting the trophy and pennant to Catherine Irwin and Diane McIvor (Joint Team Captains) after Killymoon’s Ladies victory in the 2017 Revive Active All Ireland Fourball Final at Royal Tara Golf Club
Picture by Pat Cashman

Killymoon beat Ballybunion 3-2 at Royal Tara GC to win the Revive Active Fourball National Final.
“It’s a great honour for our small club to win this event,” said Catherine Irwin, team captain of Killymoon.
“It is our first win and I am so proud of this team for putting our Cookstown club on the map!”
Killymoon edged past Lucan 3-2 in the semi-finals and expected another tough encounter against their Kerry opponents in the final.
Carmel Hagan and captain Irwin – leading from the front – wrapped up the first point for the Co Tyrone club on the 15th.
In the top match, the Ballybunion pairing of Mary Sheehy and Louise Griffin looked to be closing in on victory playing the 18th but Diane McIvor and Avril Marshall fought back to win the last and then take the point on the 20th.
With two matches already finalised, Killymoon needed just one more point to claim victory.
Ballybunion’s Cartiona Corrigan and Pudge O’Reilly claimed a 3&1 win to keep their hopes alive but Kathryn Kerr and Colleen Conway would not be denied with 23-handicapper Conway, sealing the deal with a birdie on the last.

REVIVE ACTIVE FOURBALL NATIONAL FINAL RESULTS
Revive Active Fourball Final
Ballybunion (2) Killymoon (3) (Ballybunion names first): Mary Sheehy & Louise Griffin lost to Diane McIvor & Avril Marshall 20th; Susan Gilmore & Janice O’Connell lost to Carmel Hagan & Catherine Irwin 4&3; Margaret McAuliffe & Lorraine Canty beat Heather Campbell & Donna Mulholland 2&1; Patricia Joyce & Mary O’Donoghue lost to Kathryn Kerr & Colleen Conway by 2 holes; Catriona Corrigan & Pudge O’Reilly beat Anne MacMahon & Kate Lennon 3&1
Revive Active Fourball semi-finals
Killymoon (3) Lucan (2) (Killymoon names first): Diane McIvor & Avril Marshall lost to Kate Whyte & Anne Seymour 4&3; Carmel Hagan & Catherine Irwin beat Ada Bowler & Una Murphy 1 hole; Heather Campbell & Donna Mulholland beat Molly Dowling & Paula Fay 1 hole; Kathryn Kerr & Colleen Conway beat Patricia Kelly & Sandra McCaffrey 2 holes; Anne MacMahon & Anne McCrea lost to Yvonne Barry & Cathy McEvoy 3&2
Portumna (1.5) Ballybunion (3.5) (Portumna names first): Suzanne Corcoran & Mary McElroy beat Mary Sheehy & Louise Griffin 3&2; Claire Callanan & Brid Kelly lost to Susan Gilmore & Janice O’Connell 3&2; Sinead Lohan & Carmel Cunningham halved with Margaret McAuliffe & Lorraine Canty (called-in); Anita Carey & Bernie Kilmartin lost to Patricia Joyce & Mary O’Donoghue 7&6; Anne Fahy & Mary Madden lost to Cartiona Corrigan & Pudge O’Reilly 2&1

Info courtesy of ILGU

 

Campbell edges out McLarnon to win Dundalk Scratch Cup

September 18, 2017

Martin McDonnell of One Finance and Dundalk Club Captain, Mickey Coburn, presenting the Dundalk Scratch Cup to Warrenpoint’s Colm Campbell

Warrenpoint’s Colm Campbell produced a superb second round to win the 36 hole One Finance Dundalk Scratch Cup at Dundalk Golf Club.
The 30-year-old Irish international shot a five under par 67 to pip Massereene’s Tiarnan McLarnon on countback after the two Ulster players were tied on 138, six under par.
“It was a good battle coming down the last few holes with Tiarnan and I just pipped him,” said Colm.
“I feel I have robbed Tiarnan a couple of times in Scratch Cups at this stage.”
Defending champion, Dundalk’s Caolan Rafferty, finished two shots further back in third.
The three internationals played together in the marquee group and were in contention after the opening round. Rafferty and McLarnon carded two under par 70s while Campbell was a shot further back.
Slieve Russell’s Seamus Cullen led after the opening round, signing for an excellent four under par 68 which included five birdies. Another Dundalk representative, Eoin Murphy, was in second place, one shot back after signing for a three under par round of 69.
Cullen was unable to keep the momentum going and dropped out of contention after a second round 76 while a lost ball off the 15th tee saw the end of Murphy’s challenge as he faded to a 77.
It was another Dundalk player, a former winner and course record holder Aaron Grant, who set the early clubhouse lead as he added a three under par 69 to his opening 73 for a two under par total of 142.
Cairndhu’s Ryan McKinstry, who started the second round at level par, got to six under with three to play but he then double-bogeyed 16 and bogeyed 17 to finish on three-under.
He held the clubhouse lead momentarily as the top three were in the group behind and were producing fireworks of their own with McLarnon eagling the par-five sixth to go to four under.
Back-to-back birdies on the ninth and 10th plus a birdie three on the 14th got him to seven under while Campbell was on six under at that point after five birdies of his own.
Not to be outdone, Rafferty had thrown in four successive birdies from the sixth but back to back double bogeys at the 11th and 12th ended his charge.
A bogey at 16 saw McLarnon drop back to six under while a birdie two at 17 got Campbell to six under and in the end it proved decisive as Campbell’s second round 67 was enough for him to pip McLarnon’s 68 on countback as they both tied on 138.

RESULTS
1 Colm Campbell Jr.  (+3) 138 (71/67)
2 Tiernan  McLarnon (+3) 138  (70/68)
3 Caolan Rafferty (+4)  140  (70/70)
4 Ryan McKinstry (+1) 141 (72/69)
Best Net:  Brendan Lawlor (2) (Ardee) 144  (73/71)

1st 18  Gross: Seamus Cullen  (0) (Slieve Russell  68
1st 18  Net:     Eoin Murphy (1) (Dundalk) 68

2nd  18  Gross:  Aaron Marshall (0) (Lisburn) 67
2nd  18  Net:     Gerard Dunne  (+2) (Co.Louth) 69

1st  Round CSS 73
2nd Round CSS 73

Thanks to Gerry McDermott

Campbell comes through – again – as Ireland claim record breaking Home International success

August 19, 2017

Ulster members of the victorious record winning Irish Home International Golf team arrive at Dublin Airport. (l-r) John Ross Galbraith (Whitehead), John White (Team Manager, Co Armagh) Colm Campbell (Warrenpoint) and Colin Fairweather (Knock). Picture by Pat Cashman.

Ireland celebrated another success at the Home Internationals and made history by winning their fourth successive title.
No Irish team has gone this deep before. A tie with England on the final day at Moortown ensured that Tony Goode’s team collected the Raymond Trophy yet again, writing their names in the record books as the first Irish side to retain the title for the third year running.
Colm Campbell (Warrenpoint), John Ross Galbraith (Whitehead) and Robin Dawson (Tramore) have the distinction of playing on all four winning teams.
Campbell has become Ireland’s anchorman and having delivered the decisive point in 2016, Colm found himself in the same position again.
This time the situation looked bleak. Having lost the first four holes, Campbell went five down at the sixth against Jake Burnage.
“All I was thinking at that stage was making sure not to get a dog licence,” said Campbell. Having clawed back two holes before the turn, there was hope.
In fact, he won three holes on the bounce – 9, 10 and 11 – to turn the match around. By now, things were getting tight for Ireland after a mixed afternoon.
A three-point haul from the foursomes gave Ireland an edge but England battled back in the singles.
Matthew Jordan rescued a half against Paul McBride at the top of the order while Daniel Brown, Will Whiteoak, Josh Hilleard and Bradley Moore put more red on the board.
Conor O’Rourke, Caolan Rafferty and Colin Fairweather secured valuable points for Ireland to keep the four-in-a-row dream alive. When Alex Gleeson halved with Todd Clements, it meant that the outcome of the Campbell’s match would determine everything.
All square playing 17, Campbell knew that his side needed at least a half.
“I hit probably the best shot of my life,” said Campbell, describing his six iron approach from 192 yards.
Three foot from the pin, his birdie was all but secure and when Burnage failed to save par from the bunker, Campbell went ahead.
That meant Ireland could not be beaten. More to the point, it meant that Ireland would be crowned champions.
“It was another special week with the lads,” said Campbell.
“I know it came down to my match but everybody played their part. It really was a great team effort.”

Copy courtesy of GUI

Northern Ireland manager, Michael O’Neill, to play in NI Open Pro-Am

August 2, 2017

Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill

Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill is the latest high profile signing who will tee it up in next week’s Galgorm Resort & Spa Northern Ireland Open Pro-am, presented by Modest! Golf.
O’Neill joins a host of star names from Northern Ireland’s sport and entertainment world for a day of fun next Wednesday at Galgorm Castle that serves as the curtain-raiser to the four-day tournament to get under way from August 10-13.
This year the NI Open Pro-am has attracted a stellar line-up of household names who all joined the Ambassador Club to help promote the event alongside long-time Tournament Ambassador Michael Hoey.
O’Neill is a keen golfer when not on Northern Ireland duty and this is the first time the manager will play in the NI Open Pro-am. Most of the celebrities will tee off just after midday so make sure to get to Galgorm in plenty of time. O’Neill will be joined by the likes of Michael McKillop, who recently won another middle-distance double at the World Para-athletic Championships in London.
McKillop (27) won the T37 1500m final to add to his T38 800m title to retain the two titles he won at the 2015 championships in Doha. The Glengormley athlete has totally dominated is discipline for over a decade. Next week he will face up to a new challenge on the fairways at Galgorm Castle.
Other star names to look out for include former Northern Ireland heroes David Healy and legendary goalkeeper Pat Jennings and snooker’s Mark Allen. Former Ulster, Ireland and British and Irish Lions forward Stephen Ferris and Gaelic’s former Armagh and All-Ireland Oisin McConville will also be in action at Galgorm.

Michael McKillop

Modest! Golf will be at Galgorm during tournament week with directors Niall Horan and Mark McDonnell ready to present the trophy to the NI Open winner and the lucky winners of the Junior NI Open on the 18th green in front of the grandstands after the final day Shootout Sunday.
“We say it every time but the NI Open gets better and better each year and 2017 promises to be the best yet, especially with so much to see and do for all the family,” said Hoey, a five-time European Tour winner, who finished eighth in last year’s event behind winner Ryan Fox from New Zealand.

“One of the big talking points for this year’s event is the new Shootout Sunday format where the top 24 players will battle it out in a series of high drama, six-hole matches on the final day. This will give spectators a great opportunity to see the players up close and from the grandstands around the 18th green.”

The NI Open Pro-am is another excellent day for watching some of the best players in Europe compete alongside their celebrities and team of amateurs.
The NI Open is a week-long festival of golf for all the family and entry is FREE, simply register for your tickets online at http://www.niopen.golf