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Irish Open Schools Trophy tour is back for 2016

March 8, 2016
The children of Straffan National School joined (l-r) Brian McIlroy of the Rory Foundation, Antonia Beggs from The European Tour, Dubai Duty Free Golf Ambassador Des Smyth and Tom Walsh of Waterford Crystal to launch the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Trophy Tour 2016.

The children of Straffan National School joined (l-r) Brian McIlroy of the Rory Foundation, Antonia Beggs from The European Tour, Dubai Duty Free Golf Ambassador Des Smyth and Tom Walsh of Waterford Crystal to launch the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Trophy Tour 2016.

FOLLOWING the huge success of last year’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Trophy Tour, pupils across Northern Ireland are once again being invited to create history for their school as part of a nationwide competition organised by The European Tour and the Rory Foundation.
Supported by the Confederation of Golf in Ireland (CGI), the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Trophy Tour competition will give four lucky pupils across Ireland a chance to host a visit from the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Trophy which is currently in the possession of defending champion Søren Kjeldsen.
To enter the competition, children between the ages of 9-15 are being invited to tell The European Tour why their class or school deserves a visit from the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Trophy.
Not only will the winning pupils have a chance to get their hands on the prestigious trophy, they will also receive a host of other unique ‘money can’t buy’ prizes for themselves and their schoolmates.
These include a Q&A session with representatives of The European Tour and Rory Foundation and an insight into the life of a professional golfer from Ireland’s Dubai Duty Free golf ambassador Des Smyth, an eight-time winner on the European Tour who played in two Ryder Cups in 1979 and 1981 and was a vice-captain of Europe’s victorious 2006 and 2014 Ryder Cup teams.
Each winning pupil’s class will also receive tickets to go to the Pro-Am event on Wednesday May 18 while the overall winning pupil will receive family tickets for the Pro-Am and a VIP tour with a chance to meet some of the world’s top golfers.
And if that isn’t enough, the four winning schools will also enjoy a fun introduction to golf through the CGI’s ‘Golf Awareness Clinic’ which will give children a fun introduction to the sport through a variety of golf-related games including putting games and hitting real golf balls into a blow up net, and virtual golf on the Wii console.

To enter, schoolchildren aged 9-15 should simply send an email to outlining in no more than 250 words why their class or school deserves to win this unique prize – clearly stating their name, age, address and school. Closing date for entries is April 17 with the prize to be taken between April 25 and May 13.

“Last year we were overwhelmed with the quantity and quality of entries we received for our Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Trophy Tour competition,” said Antonia Beggs of The European Tour.

“We received hundreds of letters from kids throughout the island of Ireland telling us why they deserve to win the prize and we are delighted to be in a position to run the competition again this year.

“It is such a wonderful way for schools to get involved with such a big sporting event that attracts so many high-profile professional golfers and worldwide interest.”
Brian McIlroy of the Rory Foundation said: “The Trophy Tour was a huge part of the 2015 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open for us and something that Rory McIlroy himself was really delighted to get behind.
“Rory is extremely proud of where he comes from and it’s important for him to be as good an ambassador as he can for Ireland, north and south. In addition, his commitment to helping children all over the world through the Rory Foundation is a real passion and one he feels very strongly about.
“We immensely enjoyed our visits to last year’s winning schools and we are all thrilled once again to be able to engage with schoolchildren throughout Ireland to stimulate pride in their class, school, where they’re from, and their own achievements.”
For more information on the 2016 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation or to purchase tickets visit http://Dubai Duty Free Irish Open
The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open 2016 is also supported by the Irish Government under the auspices of the Fáilte Ireland and Sport Ireland.


McVeigh back where it all began

July 31, 2012

Danielle McVeigh (left) with fellow professionals, Tara Delaney and Rebecca Codd and amateur stars Lisa and Leona Maguire. All five will be playing in the Ladies Irish Open this week

THIS week’s Ladies Irish Open at Killeen Castle marks a year since Danielle McVeigh made her long anticipated move into the paid ranks.
With a glittering amateur CV behind her, many expected Danielle to progress smoothly onto the Ladies European Tour, but in reality, it has taken time for the 24-year-old to settle into life as a professional.
“It was a difficult transition in those early months. I was expecting a lot of myself but I have learned to manage my expectations better and as a result, I have become much more comfortable with playing professionally,” said the Kilkeel native.
“There was a lot of hype last year when I turned professional ahead of the Ladies Irish Open and it was no real surprise when I missed the cut. I had a lot of attention on me and probably put too much pressure on myself but I am able to manage that sort of stuff much better now.”
Danielle failed to make it through LET Tour school at the end of the last year and has spent most of this season playing on the second tier, the LET Access Series. The top three players on the Access Series Order of Merit at the end of the season (there are six events remaining) will earn membership of the Ladies European Tour for the 2013 season, while players in fourth to 15th positions will have the opportunity to progress to the final stage of LET Qualifying School, thereby skipping the first qualifying event.
Danielle currently lies 10th in the order of merit after five starts. Her best finish this season has been sixth at the Ladies Norwegian Challenge which earned her the princely sum of 1,056 euros.
“The results have been getting better as I keep going. As long as I can keep progressing, that’s all I can do. I am becoming more comfortable with my own game and playing for money which does change things slightly,” added Danielle who also admitted that financially it has been a difficult 12 months.
“The Irish Sports Council provided a grant which helped big time [the members at Royal County Down ladies are also hosting a fundraising event this Saturday], but it has been very tough. There is no point denying that this year has been a struggle.

“I sold my car to get the funds to go on tour. Thankfully, my brother was kind enough to let me share his car but these are the things you just have to do. You can’t expect people to hand out money and a couple of decent finishes lately has provided some more funds.”

This week’s Irish Open is the third invite Danielle has received into the ‘main tour’ and she sees it as a golden opportunity to perform well on a course she knows well.
“My game is in pretty good shape. I took a break last week and have come in fresh,” she continued.
“I have been doing a lot of work with coach, Neil Manchip, and he has helped a lot.
“The course is soft, but the fairways are in great shape and the greens are great but it is going to be playing very long because of the wet.”
The Ladies Irish Open supported by Fáilte Ireland takes place from the 3-5 August at Killeen Castle, Dunsany, Co. Meath.
Tickets are free for children and senior citizens and standard tickets cost just €10, with season passes for €25. Public parking is available on-site and tickets can be purchased on entry or by visiting

McVeigh joins paid ranks ahead of Irish Ladies Open

August 1, 2011

CURTIS Cup star, Danielle McVeigh, has taken the plunge and turned professional ahead of this week’s Ladies Irish Open at Killeen Castle.
The 23-year-old from Kilkeel made her last appearance as an amateur at the recent European Individual Championships at Noordwijk Golf Club in the Netherlands.
It brought the curtain down on a glittering career during which she rose to prominence by winning amongst others the British Amateur Open Strokeplay in 2009 and the Irish Close Championship in May this year.
“The time is right for me to progress and I have always wanted to turn pro. Golf is such a big part of my life and with my studies now complete I believe it is the right time to focus entirely on my game,” said Danielle who recently completed a Business/Management degree at Maynooth University.
“I am really excited about competing against some of the ladies top golfers in Europe on a regular basis.
“I look forward to improving my game to the standard where I will play in some of the best tournaments in the world.”
Last year Danielle made an unsuccessful bid to join the paid ranks when she attended tour school on both sides of the Atlantic.
Now her number one target is to get her game in shape to come through tour school this time around and earn full playing rights for 2013.
She has recently split with long-time coach, David Kearney, and is now working with GUI National Academy coach Neil Manchip while Dubliner Jude O’Reilly, who formerly caddied for amongst others, Henrik Stenson, will be on the bag this week.
“I have been working with Jude on course management all year and I felt it was right to have him on the bag this week,” added Danielle.
“It wasn’t easy (to part from David) but it was definitely the right move. I really like what we’ve been doing.”
Danielle has also credited the Sports Institute Northern Ireland (SINI) which also works with other Northern Irish golfers, such as Gareth Maybin, Paul Cutler and Michael Hoey with helping get to this stage of her career.
The Ladies Irish Open, supported by Fáilte Ireland, takes place from August 5-7 at Killeen Castle, Dunsany, Co. Meath.
A host of Europe’s top golfers will be joined by some of the stars of the LPGA as the build-up continues to the Solheim Cup on September 23-25.
After the Irish Open, Danielle plans to compete in a number of events on the LET Access Tour, the first of which is likely to be at Hazlemare GC, England at the end of this month.