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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 or download the NI Open app.

With thanks to Paul Gallagher

Darren Clarke backs Golfing Union of Ireland to produce next generation of tour stars

February 16, 2015
Darren Clarke and TaylorMade representative Adrian Rietveld discuss the new AeroBurner range

Darren Clarke and TaylorMade representative Adrian Rietveld discuss the new AeroBurner range

Darren Clarke has backed the Golfing Union of Ireland to produce a new generation of talent capable of making an impact in the pro ranks.
The 46-year-old, who remains the favourite to succeed Paul McGinley as Europe’s next Ryder Cup captain, insists that Ireland’s young players can make the grade.
“I think the GUI are doing a fantastic job. They have a great facility down at Carton House,” said Clarke who was speaking at a TaylorMade event hosted by the Darren Clarke Golf School in Co Antrim.

“There will be spells when you have talent coming through. It is always cyclical, that is just the way it is.”

Ireland currently has just two golfers under 30 playing on the European Tour – Rory McIlroy (25) and Shane Lowry (27). In contrast, French golf is enjoying a resurgence driven by young stars such as Gary Stal (23), Victor Dubuisson (24), and Alexander Levy (24) who have all won on the European Tour.
“Yes we would love to have another couple of Irish guys making an impact, of course we do – we need a couple – but it is just the way it goes,” continued the 2011 Open Champion.
“The continentals have had facilities like the one at Carton House for much longer than we have had and their kids are coming through now.
“They have had more time to get the right things in place but you can’t fault the work the GUI are doing.
“And then look at what Graeme [McDowell] and Rory do for Irish golf by competing and winning around the world. That goes an awful long way.

“I think it is only a matter of time before we have some young guys coming through again because we have a lot of really talented youngsters.”

Clarke’s own form has been incredibly frustrating since lifting the Claret Jug but he insists that recent Ryder Cup speculation has not been a distraction.
“I’m hitting it is a well as normal and all that other stuff going on is out of my control,” he added.
“I can control what I’m doing, standing on the practice green at Royal Portrush whenever it is freezing cold and blowing 40 mph. That is what I can control.
“I can’t control the decision making process for the Ryder Cup so I would love to have issues but I haven’t got one. I just keep working and keep working.”

Irish Golf Expo puts juvenile golf in the frame

September 9, 2014
Owen Campbell and Andrew Turk aged 11 from Greenisland Golf Club Junior Section launch the Irish Golf Expo’s ‘Cash back to Clubs’ initiative

Owen Campbell and Andrew Turk aged 11 from Greenisland Golf Club Junior Section launch the Irish Golf Expo’s ‘Cash back to Clubs’ initiative

Organisers of the Irish Golf Expo, which takes place on 20th and 21st September at the Kings Hall Complex in Belfast, will donate £1 from every ticket purchased by a golf club member in Northern Ireland to the corresponding club’s Juvenile section.
Event organiser Stewart Kyle, Hawkeye Management commented; “We have launched this initiative to demonstrate our commitment to supporting young golfing talent and helping to grow the game here.
“Every Northern Ireland club has been issued with their own unique promotional code that can be used to redeem this offer and golfers can get further details on the initiative from their club manager.”
Ireland’s only interactive golf experience, Irish Golf Expo will feature a variety of exhibitors showcasing the latest in golf equipment, fashion and gadgets from the leading global brands in the game including TaylorMade and Bridgestone Golf.
The family-friendly event will also have demonstrations and free golf lessons from PGA professionals as well as an indoor driving range with custom fitting and club testing, on-site golf superstore and much more.
For tickets visit and follow the Irish Golf Expo on Facebook at or twitter @IrishGolfExpo #loveirishgolf.

Clarke backing Euro Tour and governing bodies on anchoring stance

March 6, 2013

DARREN Clarke has backed the European Tour decision to support a ban on the anchoring stroke used with belly and long putters.
Speaking at the official opening of the TaylorMade fitting centre at the Greenmount Campus in Co Antrim, the 2011 Open Champion weighed in on the side of the R&A and USGA, who have proposed implementing a ban from 2016.
“The R&A and the USGA are our governing bodies – they have been doing it for a very, very long time and long may they continue,” said Clarke who has flirted with the long putter in the past, but won his Open title wielding a traditional ‘short’ putter.

“They decide the rules. We adhere to them. That’s the way it is, just get on with it.”

The 44-year-old, who finished tied for 63rd at the Tshwane Open in South Africa on Sunday insists that custom fitting is not simply the preserve of the tour player.
“In terms of what they can do here (at Greenmount) this is the best fitting centre in Ireland. To have this facility at home is brilliant,” he added.
“TaylorMade are market leaders in terms of technology and the products they release.
“Anyone who walks into a pro shop in Ireland and looks about buying TaylorMade equipment has the opportunity to come here and get fitted properly for exactly what head and shaft they need so it is individually suited to their swing.
“It’s not just the high end players. People of all abilities can come here. Fitting can only help, it can’t make them any worse, it can only make them better.”
For information about attending a fitting session at the Darren Clarke Golf School, Greenmount Academy – visit



Maybin ready to move on after difficult 2011

January 23, 2012

GARETH Maybin believes his 2011 struggles will ‘stand him in good stead’ as he contemplates the start of the 2012 season.
In a year when Ulster golfers enjoyed a remarkable run of success, the Ballyclare golfer found himself the odd man out. He ‘experimented too much’ with his game and as a result, found himself locked in a battle to retain his playing privileges.
In the end, the 31-year-old needed to make the cut in his last event of the season at the UBS Hong Kong Open to have any chance of keeping his card, and managed to do so, coming tied 39th to scrape in at 117th place in The Race to Dubai.
“It wasn’t a bad thing. It was great to get through it and come out the other side,” said Gareth before flying out to Abu Dhabi ahead of this week’s HSBC Golf Championship event.
“It was a bit of a surreal position to be in. You find yourself focusing on trying to keep your card instead of trying to win the tournament.
“But I thought I had a pretty good outlook on it. It wasn’t the end of the world. I was confident that even if I missed out I could win my card back again.”
Abu Dhabi will be the start of a four tournament run for Gareth that will see him play in Qatar, Dubai and India.
“I’m feeling refreshed and really good,” he added.
“I took some time off over Christmas and spent time with family and friends.
“I’ve been back practising for a couple of weeks and that included a spell in America working on my game.
“I have also been working hard on my fitness with coach Michael Johnston and I’m happy with that side of things.”
Considering his problems in 2011, Gareth could have been tempted into making wholesale changes. He has decided to switch manufacturers, leaving Ping for TaylorMade but will continue to work with the same backroom team and coach Jamie Gough.
“I’m determined to make the game that I have now work for me. I’ll be trying my best to get that first win,” he added.
“I was with Ping for 10 years and I can’t speak highly enough of them for the support they offered me.
“I thought I needed to freshen things up a bit and that’s why I decided to change to TaylorMade.”
After the desert swing, Gareth will take a couple of week off before playing in Spain, Morocco and Sicily.
The former North of Ireland winner is also looking forward to the Irish Open which returns to Royal Portrush June 28-July 1.
“I’m really excited to get back there,” he added.
“I know it will be a massive success. It’s a course I’m familiar with.It will be great to be able to play in front of friends and family.”