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Challenge Tour returns to Northern Ireland 

Published 01/03/2013

The European Challenge Tour will return to Northern Irish shores for the first time in ten years when Galgorm Castle Golf Club, Ballymena, hosts the Northern Ireland Open Challenge from August 29 - September 1. 

Michael Hoey, a four-time winner on The European Tour, will headline the field at the Country Antrim venue, hoping to add to his trophy haul, having also won three times on the Challenge Tour.

Hoey has since played a part in Northern Ireland’s incredible story in world golf alongside current World Number One Rory McIlroy, 2011 Open Champion Darren Clarke and 2010 US Open Champion Graeme McDowell, while the staging of the Irish Open at Royal Portrush Golf Club in 2012 proved an unprecedented success.

Gary Henry, General Manager of Galgorm Castle, said: “We are expecting big crowds to see some of Europe’s top young players and some of the more established names as well as some top quality home grown talent."

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