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Walled City swings 15k euro prize pot for tournament

By Robert Jones

The largest event in this year's Irish PGA calendar, the Walled City of Derry Pro-Am tournament, is set to take place in the Maiden City on August 26-27 with a 15,000 euro prize pot.

For the first time, two courses, City of Derry Golf Club and Foyle International Golf Centre, will host the action on both days, meaning a larger number of competitors taking part and subsequent tourism spin-off.

Launching the event, Visit Derry general manager Ordhan Dunne, said: "The North West region is currently at the forefront of golf tourism in Ireland and whilst this tournament will be an excellent opportunity to promote the quality of the city's parkland golf, it will further enhance our reputation as a central hub for golfers to enjoy a premier golf and tourism experience."

Visit Derry in partnership with Derry City and Strabane Council are sponsoring the tournament which will be one of the top attractions in the North West social and sporting calendar this summer.

It has been four years since a golfing competition of this magnitude took place and local businesses such as Bishop's Gate Hotel, Diageo NI, Total Golf, Nuprint, Desmond Motors, Partridge Peartree and Mint Bet have been instrumental in securing the event.

As well as the PGA professional tournament, there will be a Pro-Am with teams of three amateurs and a professional. The event will have both ladies, gents and junior sections, the latter sponsored by Irish PGA professionals..

Michael McCumiskey, secretary of the PGA in Ireland, said: "Undoubtedly, golf enthusiasts from across the North West and further afield will be keen to see PGA professionals play and I'm sure there will be high demand for spaces on teams. It will be a very busy weekend for the City."

  • To obtain an entry form contact Sammy at City of Derry Golf Club on 028 7131 1496 or Conor at Foyle International Golf Centre on 028 7135 2222.

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