Eye on prize at Royal Portrush
The North of Ireland Amateur Championship at Royal Portrush next week will be backed by leading specialist eye clinic, the Cathedral Eye Clinic in Belfast.
The Championship, which will be played at Portrush from July 14-18 is one of the highlights of the amateur golfing season, attracting an enviable roster of Ireland's most talented golfers.
The Belfast Cathedral Quarter-based clinic, specialises in laser and refractive surgery, cataract surgery, anterior segment surgery, medical and surgical retina and oculoplastic surgery, are back on board as title sponsors following a highly successful first year in partnership with the Golfing Union of Ireland (Ulster Branch) in 2013.
In the past, the event has been a key focus for some of our leading players including Rory McIlroy, Darren Clarke, Gareth Maybin and Michael Hoey, all going well at the Scottish Open. Maybin also assisted with the event launch.
Cathedral's Andrew Spence said: "The North of Ireland Championships have an enviable reputation for attracting some of the most talented golfers from across Ireland and with over 300 players scheduled to fight it out for one of the sport's top titles we felt a partnership with the game of golf and a showcase of sporting excellence was a natural fit.
Welcoming Cathedral as title sponsors, Peter Sinclair, chairman of the GUI (Ulster Branch) said: "It is great to have Cathedral Eye on board as title sponsors for the 2014 North of Ireland Championship. We have a top notch field ready to make their bid for the Championship at Royal Portrush and Cathedral's support will allow us to deliver five days of international quality golf.
Previous winner Maybin added "It's a great honour to have won this tournament. It's the pinnacle of amateur golf in Northern Ireland."