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Derry Pro-Am kicks off exciting spell in North West

By Paul Kelly

The biggest tournament in this year's PGA calendar, the Bishop's Gate Hotel Walled City of Derry Pro-Am tournament, will see 52 teams and a total of 208 golfers descend on the city.

Launching the tournament - which takes place on August 25 and 26 with a junior event on August 24 - defending champion Michael McGeady said: "This tournament promotes the extremely strong offering that the North West region provides in terms of golf tourism.

"It brings together a broad range of golfers and golf enthusiasts.

"With City of Derry Golf Club and Foyle International Golf Centre coming together to host events, a larger number of competitors can be facilitated and it also enhances the region's reputation as a central hub for golfers.

"Participants can sample the city's parkland golf and take in some of the excellent hospitality that the city has to offer."

Bishop's Gate Hotel are sponsoring the tournament, which is a top attraction in this summer's sporting calendar. The showcase of local and international talent will attract spectators and benefit the wider economy.

The North West region is fast becoming a golfing hub. Ballyliffin in County Donegal will host the Irish Open for the first time in July while Royal Portrush will stage the 148th Open next year.

Michael McCumiskey, PGA in Ireland Regional Manager, added: "This event will attract the top Irish PGA professionals. They will be competing for the title and guaranteed prize pot of €15,000 whilst teams of three amateurs will compete alongside the professional for the coveted team prize.

"The event will have both ladies and gents sections. On the Friday, a junior event will take place, kindly supported by Irish PGA professionals."

Title sponsor Ciaran O'Neill, Managing Director of Bishop's Gate Hotel, said: "Building on the success of last year's event, we are keen to attract premium sporting events such as the Walled City of Derry Pro-Am.

"We are also delighted to inspire budding young golfers."

Foyle Golf Academy will welcome the stars of tomorrow on Friday, August 24. Whether new to golf or perfecting technique, your game will benefit from professional advice.

Registration for the Junior Fun Golf Day is essential as places are limited - telephone 028 7135 3366 to book. For further information telephone City of Derry Golf Club on 028 7131 1496 or Foyle International Golf Centre on 028 7135 2222.

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