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O'Neill and McKillop head up list of stars at NI Open as One Direction star on hand to present trophy

Michael O'Neill and Michael McKillop will be two of the star attractions at next week's NI Open Pro-Am on Wednesday.

Several stars from the world of Northern Irish sport will tee it up in a curtain-raiser to the main event at the Galgorm Resort & Spa Northern Ireland Open Pro-am, presented by Modest! Golf.

O'Neill and McKillop will play alongside the pros on Wednesday (August 9). O’Neill is a keen golfer when not on Northern Ireland duty and this is the first time the manager will play in the NI Open Pro-am. McKillop recently won another middle-distance double at the World Para-athletic Championships in London. The Glengormley athlete (27) won the T37 1500m final to add to his T38 800m title to retain the two titles he won at the 2015 championships in Doha. McKillop has totally dominated his discipline for over a decade. Next week he will face up to a new challenge on the fairways at Galgorm Castle.

Other star names to look out for include former Northern Ireland heroes David Healy and legendary goalkeeper Pat Jennings and snooker’s Mark Allen. Former Ulster, Ireland and British and Irish Lions forward Stephen Ferris and Gaelic’s former Armagh and All-Ireland Oisin McConville will also be in action at Galgorm.

One Direction star Niall Horan will also be at Galgorm during tournament week as a Modest! Golf director and, along with Mark McDonnell, will be ready to present the trophy to the NI Open winner and the lucky winners of the Junior NI Open on the 18th green in front of the grandstands after the final day Shootout Sunday.

“We say it every time but the NI Open gets better and better each year and 2017 promises to be the best yet, especially with so much to see and do for all the family,” said Tournament Ambassador Michael Hoey, a five-time European Tour winner, who finished eighth in last year’s event behind winner Ryan Fox from New Zealand.

“One of the big talking points for this year’s event is the new Shootout Sunday format where the top 24 players will battle it out in a series of high drama, six-hole matches on the final day. This will give spectators a great opportunity to see the players up close and from the grandstands around the 18th green.”

The NI Open Pro-am is another excellent day for watching some of the best players in Europe compete alongside their celebrities and team of amateurs. The NI Open is a week-long festival of golf for all the family and entry is FREE, simply register for your tickets online at www.niopen.golf

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