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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.


Don’t miss out on your chance to play in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Pro-Am

February 23, 2016
Announcing details of the initiative are (l-r) K Club Lady Captain Angela Cirillo, Captain Tony Kelly, European Tour Championship Director Rory Colville and Dubai Duty Free golf ambassador Des Smyth. Dear member of the media, please feel free to use the following gratis preview from the Dubai Duty free Irish Open preview (which must be credited to Golffile and used in conjunction with this release only) in your respective publications with immediate effect.

Announcing details of the Irish Open initiative are (l-r) K Club Lady Captain Angela Cirillo, Captain Tony Kelly, European Tour Championship Director Rory Colville and Dubai Duty Free golf ambassador Des Smyth

The theme for this year’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, hosted by the Rory Foundation, is ‘History in the Making’ and that will certainly be the case when one lucky club team lines up to play alongside a top golf professional in the event’s Pro–Am at The K Club on Wednesday May 18.
For the first time ever, The European Tour and Dubai Duty Free are giving golf clubs around the island of Ireland the chance to play alongside international golf superstars and world famous celebrities following the launch of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Club Challenge.
Part of Rory McIlroy’s ‘five point plan’ to encourage golf clubs to help make this year’s Irish Open one of the best yet, the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Club Challenge is a nationwide golf tournament in which all of Ireland’s 420 golf clubs are eligible to compete for one coveted tee slot for three of its members alongside a top professional.
Rory is asking clubs to use existing club competitions to find a Men’s and Ladies’ champion who will then go on to represent their club in regional qualifiers with a national final to be held at The K Club.
The winning team will be invited to participate in the Pro-Am courtesy of title sponsor Dubai Duty Free, which has kindly donated one of its own Pro-Am team spaces for the competition.
Tournament host Rory McIlroy said; “As a huge fan of the Irish Open, it has always been important to me to ensure its longevity and success. I believe that giving a golf club the opportunity to play in what is one of the most exciting events of the week is a great way to encourage clubs to get behind this year’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.

“When I was starting my golf journey at Holywood Golf Club, I would have loved to have an opportunity like this, so I am urging all golf clubs to get involved. I’m really looking forward to seeing the winning team at The K Club on May 18.”

How to enter

Golf clubs wishing to enter the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Club Challenge competition must register their interest at before February 29.

The competition works by each club selecting an existing Men’s and Ladies’ singles competition to serve as a team qualifier, in which Junior Members are also eligible to compete. This competition must be held and confirmation of the names of the winners received before April 10, 2016.

The winner of each Men’s and Ladies’ competition selected by the club will form the club’s two-person team, which will then compete in one of 4-6 regional qualifiers which will be held throughout Ireland in late April.

The winners of each regional qualifier will then go forward to compete in the All-Ireland Final, to be held on the Smurfit Course at The K Club in early May.

The winning club will be invited to send their team (male and female participant) as well as an official nominated by the club to compete in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.

The format for the regional qualifiers and final will be four-ball better ball.

The Golfing Union of Ireland (GUI) and Irish Ladies Golf Union (ILGU) will administer entries and will conduct the regional qualifiers and All-Ireland final.

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Will you accept ‘OpenHouse@17’ challenge at Carton House?

June 22, 2013

Carton House 17th
Members of the Golfing Union of Ireland (GUI), the Irish Ladies Golf Union (ILGU) and the general public attending the Irish Open at Carton House next week will have a unique opportunity to play the showpiece par three 17th hole on the Montgomerie Course as part of the ‘Open House@17’ Challenge.
Anyone visiting the Tented Village at Carton House can register to compete in the challenge at the GUI National Academy stand. Spectators can then use the shuttle service provided by The European Tour to access the challenge which takes place at the GUI National Golf Academy adjacent to the championship course itself.
The challenge involves a 170-yard tee shot to a green in the short game area of the Academy – replicating the testing challenge that the world’s top professionals will face during the Irish Open from next Thursday to Sunday in Co. Kildare.
Each day, the six players closest to the flag will be invited to play the actual 17th hole in front of packed grandstands and galleries with prizes on offer for the winners including vouchers for the National Golf Academy and discounts on insurance from the GUI’s main sponsor AIG.
Albert Lee, Hon. Secretary of the GUI said: “The 17th at Carton House is a magnificent hole and to have the chance to play it in front of the grandstands is one not to be missed. The GUI is delighted to support the Tour in promoting the ‘Open House@17’ initiative and I hope that the stands are full each day to see some great golf”.
Antonia Beggs, Championship Director for the Irish Open, commented: “We are excited to be working closely with the GUI on this unique opportunity for the average golf fan to play such an iconic hole as the 17th on the Montgomerie Course.

“It will be a big thrill for the lucky winners and also for the spectators in the grandstand to cheer and encourage the prize winners as they stand on that tee with the 1500-seater grandstand surrounding the hole itself. It promises to be great fun for all concerned.”

Fans can reserve their seat in the 17th hole grandstand for just €10 per day, ensuring that in the year of The Irish Gathering they are part of this exhilarating crowd experience.
Big screens will also be erected at the 17th hole allowing spectators to watch all of the action from elsewhere on the course.
Anyone who has already purchased reserved seating for the 18th green grandstand will also receive automatic entrance to the 17th stand. All reserved grandstand seating for the 18th on Saturday and Sunday is now sold out.
Information about the 17th hole grandstand at the 2013 Irish Open can be found on, where special advanced tickets offers for the tournament can also be located.

Clarke’s ‘helping hand’ vital to Irish Open success

July 2, 2012

DARREN Clarke’s personal investment in the Irish Open paid off in some style at Royal Portrush. The Open Champion brushed off any suggestions that he went ‘beyond the call of duty’ to help bring the event to the North Coast but his influence was undeniable.
Clarke has long championed the cause of Royal Portrush. His powerful advocacy and Open victory at Royal St George’s last year helped seal the deal following as it did, in the wake of Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell’s major wins.
“I just tried to help as best I could. I haven’t done an awful lot. It’s the members of Royal Portrush, The European Tour, all of the volunteers that have done all the hard work,” said Darren after signing for a final round 71 that saw him finish the tournament on four under par and in a share of 39th place.
“It was a very special occasion for the Irish Open to come to Royal Portrush. It’s been such a long time since it’s been up here and I just tried to help them in whatever little way I could.
“It’s been absolutely brilliant. Obviously I would have liked to have scored a little bit better than I have done. But overall I think the event has been enjoyed not just by the professionals but by the spectators and everybody involved.
“It was a shame about the weather but overall, it’s certainly been a tournament that we would all love to come back and play again.”
Clarke made his first cut of the season at Royal Portrush on his return to action following an enforced month off to rest a groin injury. He will play in the French Open this week and then skip the Scottish Open as he builds up to the defence of his Open title at Royal Lytham and St Annes.
“It’s been one of those weeks where I’ve hit too many sloppy shots and paid the penalty for it, but overall I’m pleased with where my game is at,” he added.