Irish Open 2016 trophy tours Northern Ireland schools ahead of tournament
It will soon be lifted aloft by one of the world's top golfers - but before that the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open trophy took a trip around Northern Ireland schools.
It was part of its annual Trophy Tour competition.
The Irish Open tees off on Thursday morning at The K Club until Sunday May 22.
The lucky schools which got up close to the trophy were St Ita’s Primary School and St Therese of Lisieux Primary School in Belfast, and St Joseph’s Primary School in Lisburn.
Supported by the Confederation of Golf in Ireland (CGI), the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Trophy Tour competition gave four lucky pupils across the island of Ireland a chance to win an historic opportunity for their schools to host a visit from the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Trophy which is currently in the possession of defending champion Søren Kjeldsen.
Not only did the winning pupils get the change to have to see the prestigious trophy up close, they will also receive a host of other unique 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, 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 also received tickets to the Pro-Am event on Wednesday while the overall winning pupil receives family tickets for the Pro-Am and a VIP tour with a chance to meet some of the world’s top golfers.