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Maybin is all set for Titanic showdown

By Frank Brownlow

Class act: Gareth Maybin is one of the top players lending their support to the new Irish Golf Expo to be held at the King's Hall in SeptemberEUROPEAN Tour ace Gareth Maybin is just one of the top players to give their backing to an exciting new venture in Irish golf.

As part of the official launch of the new Irish Golf Expo, Maybin, professional and former Walker Cup player Paul Cutler and Irish Amateur Champion Robbie Cannon will take part in a 'Titanic Challenge', driving a ball the length of the famous 305-yard slipway.

Maybin, from Ballyclare, said: "The Irish Golf Expo is a great idea and offers the public a central hub to talk golf, share information and learn more about what great courses we have, be custom fitted – and it's fun for all the family."

Coming just days after the announcement that the 2015 and 2017 Irish Open will take place in Northern Ireland – at Royal County Down and Lough Erne Resort respectively – it has been revealed that the Irish Golf Expo will take place at the King's Hall, Belfast on September 20 and 21.

With 190,000 registered golf club members in Ireland and one in 30 of the total population playing the game, the Irish Golf Expo will be held in 5,000sqm of exhibition space, providing enthusiasts with a wealth of golfing products, knowledge and workshops.

Stewart Kyle, Director at HawkEye Management, said: "We are delighted to bring the Irish Golf Expo to Ireland.

"We are trying to increase interest and participation in golf throughout Ireland especially at grassroots level and the feedback from customers, suppliers, professionals and potential sponsors has been extremely positive.

"We have worked hard to ensure the experience will be an interactive one."

The event's travel partner is Bryan Somers Travel and Director Jonathan Miller said: "Bryan Somers Travel are excited to be involved in the inaugural Irish Golf Expo.

"This will be a real treat for golfers as they will find a great range of exhibitors, from breathtaking golfing holidays to the best in new products to help improve their game. All this under the one roof."

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