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Rookie pro Grant bags PGA in North of Ireland Championship at Spa GC

October 15, 2017

Heather Edgar (Lady Captain Spa GC), Nicky Grant (Blackwood GC) Winner, Phil Posnett (PGA) and Gary Wardlow (Spa GC)

Former Irish amateur international, Nicky Grant, made a winning start to his professional career at the PGA North of Ireland Championship, supported by Golf Now.
Grant, now a PGA trainee at Blackwood Golf Centre, carded rounds of 36 and 38 points at Spa Golf Club to edge out Belvoir Park’s Chris Carvill by a point.
The tournament adopted a mixed format this year. The opening round was held as a team pro-am with the professionals carrying their individual scores forward into the pro-only second round.
Chris opened the event with a fine 38pts (-2) in difficult conditions. Heavy overnight rain had left the Ballynahinch venue very soggy underfoot and it took some sterling work from the greens staff and volunteers to keep play moving.

It didn’t seem to hamper Chris who was the only player in the field to break par. A drive and four iron onto the edge of the first green set up an opening birdie four but he three-putted the par three second to drop a shot.
After a five wood off the tee, a chip and putt gave Carvill a birdie three at the fourth hole and he added another birdie at the seventh when he holed from seven feet. Out in two-under-34 he increased his advantage with birdies at 11 and 13 courtesy of two excellent wedge shots.
However, he finished badly, dropping a shot at the 17th when he flew the green and, after driving into trees, he closed with a bogey five at the last for a back nine of regulation 36 and a round of 70 (38 pts)
Grant ended day one in second place following a level par 36 points with Nathan Kernaghan (Massereene GC) and Ciaran Molloy (Mayobridge GC) tied for third on 35 points (73).
Clandeboye’s Mark McCrory took the men’s top award in the pro-am on 39 pts, two ahead of former Ulster rugby player Andy Ward and David McCullough, both local members.
The gross prize was won by Scottish visitor Frazer Carr (Crail Golf Society), who plays off a plus-three handicap and returned 37 points.
Spa member Attracta Byrne was best in the women’s nett section with 33 points while Massereene assistant pro, Nathan Kernaghan, and Spa members Stephen Loftus, Philip Canaghan and David McCardle won the team event with an impressive 90 points.

PGA professionals Michael Bannon and Peter Hanna hosted a clinic ahead of the action at Spa GC

Overhead conditions improved overnight and Grant was quickly out of the blocks in round two, drawing level with Carvill at the turn. He wedged to 15 feet for birdie three at the fourth hole and on the next green rolled home a tramline 50-footer for another birdie three. He followed that with a two-putt birdie four from eight feet on the seventh to be out in three-under-33 to Carvill’s one under 35.
Chris dropped shot at 10 to put Grant ahead for the first time but the Belvoir man then birdied 12 and matched Nicky’s birdie at 13 to get back on level terms. With five holes remaining it was Grant who took charge, rattling off solid pars at 14, 15, 16 and 17 while Chris dropped a shot 14 and then double-bogeyed the par three 17th to fall three points behind his rival.
It gave Grant the luxury of knowing that a bogey would be good enough for victory but he wobbled down the last carding a double bogey six, after firing a three iron approach into trees. It gave Chris the chance to force a play-off with a birdie but his putt from 20 feet stayed above ground much to the relief of the new champion.
Brian McElhinney (North West GC) finished in third with a combined total of 69 points with Ciaran Molloy (Mayobridge GC) fourth with 68 points.

PGA in the North of Ireland Championship Leaderboard

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GolfNow introduces new Junior NI Open

May 29, 2017

Faith, Theo and Noah gearing up for the GolfNow Junior NI Open 2017 at Galgorm Castle Golf Club


GolfNow, the leader in online tee time technology, has renewed their sponsorship of the NI Open for the third year in a row and this year will launch a brand new interactive family event at the tournament.
In conjunction with the NI Open, presented by Modest! Golf, GolfNow will host the Junior NI Open to run alongside the main tournament at the Interactive Zone, where children aged 6–9 and 10–13 can take part in the boys and girls competition.
Families stand to win a brand new set of junior TaylorMade clubs for their children. Alongside this great prize, NI Open hosts Galgorm Castle will provide a junior membership to each lucky winner, while the NI Open’s presenting sponsor, Modest! Golf Management, will also be supporting the Junior NI Open with Modest! Golf prizes.
Andrew Hollywood, Marketing Director at GolfNow, said: “We are committed to growing the game of golf and have developed a fantastic junior tournament in line with the main event. The NI Open has a fun interactive zone at the tournament every year and this time around we have a fun competition that is open to junior golfers and is free to enter.

It was important to create something that the whole family can take part in and make starting out on a golf course a less intimidating place.”

Ross Oliver, NI Open Event Manger, commented: “We are delighted to have GolfNow’s continued support for the NI Open. The introduction of the Junior NI Open by GolfNow is a fantastic addition to the event and augments the message that the NI Open is truly a golf tournament for all the family.”
To take part in the Junior NI Open, simply pop along to the Interactive Zone, enjoy a free lesson from PGA Professionals, pick up your competition card from the GolfNow team and hit the pitch and putt course. The competition will run on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday of tournament week (August 10-13) with the winners announced at 2pm on the final day.
Entry to the NI Open is FREE, simply register for your free tickets online at http://www.niopen.golf or download the NI Open app.

With thanks to Paul Gallagher

Golfers tee it up for inaugural Oscar Knox Cup

August 9, 2016
Pictured getting ready for the Oscar Knox Cup at Fortwilliam Golf Club are (L-R) Stephen Knox, Leona Knox, Isobella Knox, Andrew Hollywood of GolfNow, snooker player Mark Allen and sports commentator Adrian Logan.

Pictured getting ready for the Oscar Knox Cup at Fortwilliam Golf Club are (L-R) Stephen Knox, Leona Knox, Isobella Knox, Andrew Hollywood of GolfNow, snooker player Mark Allen and sports commentator Adrian Logan.

The inaugural Oscar Knox Cup in association with GolfNow will give local golfers a chance to ‘test their metal’ against a host of Northern Ireland’s sporting celebrities.

Oscar Knox, or ‘Wee Oscar’ as he was affectionately known, captured the hearts of the nation during a two-and-a-half year battle with cancer and this event has been created in his memory by parents Stephen and Leona to raise funds for childhood cancer research with Solving Kids’ Cancer.

The Oscar Knox Cup in association with GolfNow will take place at Fortwilliam Golf Club on Friday September 9, 2016, and already confirmed to tee off at the charity event are boxers Carl Frampton and Paddy Barnes, snooker player Mark Allen and local golf wonder-kid Tom McKibben who last year won the Under-12 World Junior Championships at Pinehurst in North Carolina.

Local golfers can also join in the action with a team of four costing just £180, which includes 18 holes of golf, an on-course BBQ, post-round meal, prizes, auction, raffle and evening entertainment.

Teams can register by emailing oscarknoxcup@gmail.com but places are limited so people will need to be quick to avoid disappointment.

“We are really excited about launching this event,” said Oscar’s dad Stephen.

“Not only is September Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, but the event will mark what should have been Oscar’s 8th birthday. Oscar enjoyed playing golf and had his own little half set so it is fitting that he can be remembered in this way.

“We have a number of well known faces lined up to play and there are some fantastic prizes to be won as well as an auction by MC Adrian Logan and some great evening entertainment so we’re really looking forward to it.

“We are also delighted to unveil online booking site GolfNow as the main sponsor for our event and hopefully, with the company’s support, we can make this a really successful annual event.”

Brian Smith, GolfNow’s Vice President of International Sales, said: “We are proud to sponsor the first annual Oscar Knox Cup. It’s great to be able to give back to the local community, and the story of Oscar Knox touched the hearts of everyone in Northern Ireland. We hope to raise as much money and awareness as possible for Solving Kids Cancer.”

Oscar Knox was diagnosed in November 2011 with stage four high risk neuroblastoma – an aggressive childhood cancer – and underwent months of intensive chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment.

Oscar Knox

His parents Stephen and Leona launched ‘The Oscar Knox Appeal’ in June 2012 in a bid to raise funds for potentially lifesaving immunotherapy treatment in the USA.

The campaign was a huge success with backing from celebrities and sports stars including Westlife’s Nicky Byrne, Olympic boxers Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlan, and current world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury. Other famous supporters included Mark Allen, Carl Frampton, Duncan Bannatyne, and the Celtic Football team.

In just a few months the family had raised the £250,000 necessary to fund Oscar’s immunotherapy treatment. However in a devastating twist of fate Oscar fell seriously ill soon after arriving in Philadelphia and was unable to receive the treatment.

He spent several weeks in intensive care at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia before being fit enough to fly home to Belfast by Air Ambulance. Oscar was thought to be free of the cancer but the family knew that having not received immunotherapy there was a very high chance of relapse. In August 2013 the family’s fears were realised when the disease returned. Oscar passed away in May 2014.

GolfNow is the world’s biggest provider of online golf booking technology with its International HQ based in Belfast. Owned by the Golf Channel and part of the BRS Golf group, the company has offices in Belfast and employs more than 70 staff in Northern Ireland.

BRS Golf was founded in 2003 by local golf fanatics and IT experts Brian and Rory Smith, and was acquired by Golf Now in June 2013. This strategic alliance gave the local company global status, becoming a division of the Golf Channel television network and positioning it as one of the leading providers of golf technology in the world.

The Golf Channel is seen in more than 200 million homes worldwide and part of the NBC Sports Group.