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Spot in Northern Ireland Open is up for grabs

By Robert Jones

There will be an added incentive to win this year's prestigious North of Ireland Amateur Open Strokeplay title at Galgorm Castle as the winner will also book their place in the Northern Ireland Open, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at the same venue.

The North of Ireland Strokeplay, sponsored by Specsavers Ballymena, takes place on Tuesday, June 28 and entry for the 36-hole tournament is now open.

One month later, the lucky winner will return to Galgorm Castle to compete alongside professionals in the European Challenge Tour's record-breaking NI Open from July 28-31.

Massereene's Tiarnon McLarnon won last year's North of Ireland Strokeplay by three shots after rounds of 68 and 69 gave him a five-under 137.

Several improvements have been made to the course. The championship tee at the second has been extended and a new bunker complex added along the fairway. The championship tee box at the eighth has also been extended on a course that now measures over 7,100 yards.

Entry is £35 (€45) and includes lunch. The closing date for entries is Monday, June 13. Download the entry form at http://www.niopen.golf/noi-strokeplay-2016/ or for further information contact the professional shop at Galgorm Castle on +44 (0) 28 2564 6161.

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