Portstewart hits hole in one as it is confirmed it will host next year's Irish Open
East Londonderry MP Gregory Campbell has welcomed confirmation that Portstewart will host next year's Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.
Economy Minister Simon Hamilton announced yesterday that the 2017 tournament, hosted by the Rory Foundation, will be held at Portstewart Golf Club from July 6-9.
It is the second time in recent years the Irish Open has been staged in the area, after it was hosted by Royal Portrush in 2012, the first time it had been staged in Northern Ireland for 59 years. Three years later the tournament was held at Royal County Down in Newcastle.
Mr Campbell described the announcement as "fantastic news not just for the Causeway Coast but the whole of Northern Ireland". He said: "Northern Ireland is becoming renowned across the world amongst golf tourists, with Portstewart and Portrush offering some of the finest courses anywhere in the world.
"This competition is the latest in a long line of major events to come to Northern Ireland and I would pay tribute to the work carried out by the First Minister, successive Economy Ministers, and Rory McIlroy in their role in continuing to ensure that a positive image of Northern Ireland is promoted across the world.
"I will continue to work to ensure that Portstewart and the wider area is ready to maximise the benefits from hosting the competition which hopefully will be as popular as it was in Portrush back in 2012," he added.