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Can caddy Ryan spark Hoey at NI Open?

July 26, 2016
Hoey Sport NI Tee Off (1)

Michael Hoey in action at Galgorm Castle

Could a friendly face be the key to kick-starting Michael Hoey’s season at this week’s Challenge Tour event in Galgorm Castle?
The five-time tour winner has called on pal Ryan McGuigan – a professional caddy from Castlerock – to take on portering duties at the Tayto NI Open in partnership with Ulster Bank.
“Ryan has worked for Richie Ramsay recently and Danny Willett for a couple of years too. It’s just a one-off but he should be a great help. Like us local guys, he’ll benefit from sleeping in his own bed,” said the Tournament ambassador.
It’s a been a difficult 2016 so far for Michael, who has slipped to 194th in the Race to Dubai rankings, but there has been more encouraging signs of late.
“In terms of swing and practice, I haven’t been doing anything different this season,” added the 37-year-old.

“I’ve been a bit unlucky, travelled too much, I was on the road for 10 weeks at the start of the year and not long after I had sinus surgery.

“It’s quite common to pick up bugs or flu when travelling to so many different places. Really I should have come home for a few weeks, given the likes of Malaysia and Australia a miss. That cost me.”
Now in its fourth year, the NI Open has become one of the standout events on the Challenge Tour. In 2015 the tournament set an all-time attendance record when 39,423 spectators spilled through the gates to see France’s Clément Sordet crowned champion.
This year organisers are confident they can attract in excess of 40,000 spectators for what promises to be a week-long festival of golf.
Hoey will be joined in the field by other Challenge Tour regulars hoping to make home advantage count amongst them Castledawson’s Chris Selfridge who is currently the leading Irish player on the Challenge Tour rankings.
The 24-year-old has already clocked up two top 10 finishes this season in Scotland (T5) and Madrid (T4).
Chris made a big impression at Galgorm last year, carding opening rounds of 68/66 to really put himself into contention before eventually finishing tied for 16th.
“It was brilliant, it was a new experience for me to play in front of such big crowds,” said Chris recently.
“It was a big stage for me, but I will be much better prepared this time around.”
There is still time to register for FREE tickets by logging on to or keeping up to date with all the family activities through the NI Open app, which can be downloaded for iphone and android devices.
The Tayto Northern Ireland Open, in partnership with Ulster Bank, gets underway with the Pro-Am at Galgorm on Wednesday 27th July before the 72-hole tournament starts on Thursday 28th July.


“I’m almost prouder of what we’ve achieved this week off the golf course than on it,” insists Rory after Irish open success

May 23, 2016
Rory McIlroy with the Irish Open trophy

Rory McIlroy with the Irish Open trophy

They may have been tears of relief, they may have been tears of joy but either way it was clear that winning the Irish Open meant a great deal to Rory McIlroy.
“I had a little bit of time on the 18th green when Russell [Knox] and Danny [Willett] were finishing out, and I was trying to hold back the tears then,” said the 27-year-old.
“You know, golf-wise this week, it’s obviously very important to me but we’ve put a lot of work into this tournament and into the [Rory] Foundation, and we are going to help a lot of people from this week.
“I mean, we’ve already raised over half a million Euros going into today for the three chosen charities, and then all the winnings go towards that, as well. We’ve broken the million Euro mark this week, which is absolutely incredible.

“I don’t usually get emotional about golf or about wins, but this one, it means just a little bit more, because it’s not just for myself. It’s for a lot of other people.”

Three Dublin based charities – Barrettstown, Jack & Jill Foundation and the LaraLynn Children’s Hospice will benefit directly from the money raised this week which has been boosted by Rory’s winnings.

Rory added; “When we started the Rory Foundation, this wasn’t some plan that we had from the start. It was more me thinking, how can I, or as a team, how can I go to The Irish Open and it mean something more.
“I wanted a real, fulfilling reason to go back every year and give it my all.
“The night that I did with Alex Ferguson on Tuesday night raised a hundred grand. I got a couple of big donations at the start of the week. The prize money, the percentage from the ticket sales is going to the Foundation.
“I’m here for other causes, and that gives me more fulfilment than hitting those golf shots on 16 and 18.
“They are great, and in golfing terms, it’s fantastic but I’m almost prouder of what we’ve achieved this week off the golf course than on it.”