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Paul Dunne, Leona Maguire and Paul McBride collect Irish Golf Writers’ Awards

December 27, 2017

Paul Dunne, the 25-year-old Greystones player, received the “Professional of the Year” award from the Irish Golf Writers’ Association at the annual awards, sponsored by Allianz, held at Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links.
Dunne enjoyed a breakthrough year in just his second full season on tour with victory in the British Masters at Close House in England in October, where his chip-in on the 72nd hole – voted as the PGA European Tour’s shot of the month – gave him a closing round 61 for a total of 20-under-par 260, three shots clear of runner-up Rory McIlroy.
In a season where he jumped from 275th in the official world rankings up to a current position of 76th, Dunne – who had five top-10 finishes, including the win in the British Masters and a runner-up to Edoardo Molinari in the Hassan Trophy –  finished 16th in the final Race to Dubai standings with prize money of €1.7 million.
Leona Maguire, the world number one ranked amateur player, earned the “Women’s Amateur of the Year” award after a standout season in which the 23-year-old from Co. Cavan won the British Ladies Amateur Championship at Pyle & Kenfig in Wales. Maguire beat Spain’s Ainhoa Olarra 3 and 2 in the final.

Maguire, a student at Duke University in the United States, was also the dominant player on the US collegiate circuit with five victories in the calendar year – the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge, the LSU Tiger Classic, the ACC Championship, the Jim West Challenge and the Ruth’s Chris Tar Heel Invite – where she was named WGCA Player of the Year.
Paul McBride, a member of The Island Golf Club and a student at Wake Forest University in North Carolina, was the sole Irish representative on the Great Britain and Ireland team which was defeated by the United States in the Walker Cup.

McBride, 22, reached the quarter-final of the British Amateur championship and made the cut playing in the Porsche European Open on the PGA European Tour. The top-ranked Irish men’s player in the amateur world rankings – currently ranked 41st – McBride played a critical role in Ireland retaining the Home Internationals where he was unbeaten and won four and a half points from five matches.
Gavin Caldwell, the former captain of the R&A, and Michael Moss, the retired general manager of Portstewart Golf Club which played host to the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, received “Distinguished Services to Golf” awards.

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Portstewart to host Irish Open in 2017 as part of links swing before Open Championship

July 27, 2016
Rory McIlroy with Colm McLoughlin, the Executive Vice Chairman of Dubai Duty Free, after winning the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club

Rory McIlroy with Colm McLoughlin, the Executive Vice Chairman of Dubai Duty Free, after winning the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club

Portstewart Golf Club will host the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open next year, launching a three-week spell of links golf culminating in the Open Championship.
The Irish Open was held at the K Club in May this year and won by tournament host Rory McIlroy, but in 2017 it will move to July 6-9, immediately preceding the Scottish Open at Dundonald and the Open at Royal Birkdale.
The move to Portstewart had been widely touted and followed the European Tour’s decision in April to take the event away from the Lough Erne Resort, but the change of date is a significant boost for the tournament which will be supported once again by the Rory Foundation.
“We’ve been working hard with The European Tour over the last couple years to try and find suitable venues and a suitable date for The Irish Open,” said Rory during Tuesday’s press conference ahead of the US PGA Championship at Baltusrol.
“We sort of knew a long time ago that Portstewart was going to be probably where we were going to go play it in 2017. To get that date right before the Scottish is huge.

“To play a round of links golf leading into the Open, hopefully we can attract some marquis names to come over and play. With it being at the start of July, hopefully, fingers crossed, we can get some decent weather.

“I think it can only be good for the event. I’m really excited for it. I’m excited that The European Tour have worked with us and helped us getting that date and getting suitable venues going forward. I’m excited for Portstewart next year.”
It is the third time the tournament will be played in Northern Ireland after previous outings at Royal County Down (2014) and Royal Portrush (2012)
McIlroy added; “Portstewart is an excellent links course and one of Northern Ireland’s hidden gems, so it’s great news that we are taking the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open there next year.
“Winning at the K Club earlier this year was without doubt one of the highlights of my career, and I’m already looking forward to defending my title at Portstewart next July.
“The crowds at Portrush and Royal County Down were unbelievable and I’m sure the people of Northern Ireland will come out to support the tournament again next year.”
The Scottish Open is guaranteed its coveted place in the calendar up to and including 2020, although the Irish Open is keen for that to change.
Speaking earlier this month, Martin Gilbert – chief executive of Scottish Open sponsor Aberdeen Asset Management – said: “I keep telling them they should switch the Irish and the French Open, and then you have the Irish, Scottish then the British. That would be the much more logical arrangement.”

Have a look at what the players will face next year

Founded in 1894 and long considered one of the country’s finest links courses, Portstewart will be staging a European Tour event for the first time when tournament host Rory McIlroy defends his title there next summer.
Portstewart features three 18-hole layouts, with the Des Giffin-designed Strand Course – which will host the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open – considered the jewel in the crown.
The Strand Course has hosted numerous amateur tournaments including the 2014 Amateur Championship, which was won by Bradley Neil and just this month, staged two rounds of qualifying for the North of Ireland Amateur Championship.
Michael Moss, General Manager of Portstewart Golf Club, said: “We are delighted to team up with The European Tour to host the 2017 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.
“The Club will embrace the challenge, and we have no doubt that the Strand Course will provide nothing less than a worthy test of golf.”
For more information about tickets and corporate hospitality visit http://www.dubaidutyfreeirishopen.com.