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Hoey hails tournament as a great opportunity

Top professional Michael Hoey has joined up with the Golfing Union of Ireland (Ulster Branch) to launch the Cathedral Eye Clinic 2015 North of Ireland Amateur Open Championship.

Played every July over the Dunluce and Valley Links at Royal Portrush, the tournament has gone from strength to strength since its launch as the Ulster Scratch Singles at Royal Portrush back in 1937.

Hoey, winner of the Championship in 2000, said: "Growing up, the North of Ireland was always a big thing. We had a caravan at Castlerock so I grew up playing in the area. Winning the tournament in 2000 was a huge boost to my career.

"I'd strongly encourage all amateur players to enter the Championship - getting the opportunity to play in a tournament of this calibre at Royal Portrush is such a boost to any amateur's game," he added.

Golfers can enter the North of Ireland at www.golfnet.ie

Entries close at 00.30 on Saturday, with the draw for rounds one and two due to be issued on Tuesday.

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