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Galgorm gets a crisp new look for Northern Ireland Open tournament

ByJill Goligher

The growing in stature Northern Ireland Open golf tournament has a crisp, new title sponsor. Tayto will now be the main backer of the event at Galgorm Castle from July 28-31, attracting top players from the second tier of the European Tour .

Tandragee-based Tayto has supported the tournament since inception four years ago as an ancillary sponsor and now, celebrating their 60th anniversary, Tayto has taken on the lead role.

Company chief executive aul Allen commented: "We are delighted to become the title sponsor of this prestigious event, which showcases the very best of the sport and the country to the world. After being involved on a smaller scale for a number of years, we felt that in our 60th anniversary year, it was the perfect time to extend our sponsorship."

Now in its fourth year, the tournament has become one of the standout events on the European Challenge Tour.

Last year Galgorm set the tour's all-time attendance record with 39,423 spectators coming through the gates to witness France's Clément Sordet crowned champion.

"The Tayto NI Open will be another great field because there are so many good young Irish players who have turned professional in recent years.

"You could pick out any one of six or seven, who will all feature at Galgorm. Their presence is a real boost for the tournament," added Tournament Ambassador Michael Hoey in reference to the 'Famous Five' Irish Walker Cup players from 2015.

Tickets for the Tayto NI Open, in partnership with Ulster Bank, are free and can be secured by registering online at niopen.golf.

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