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Niall Horan can’t wait to stage Pro-Am bid at Galgorm


On course: Niall Horan will play in the World Invitational Pro-Am

On course: Niall Horan will play in the World Invitational Pro-Am

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On course: Niall Horan will play in the World Invitational Pro-Am

Niall Horan will be swapping One Direction for sending the ball in the right direction as the popular ISPS Handa World Invitational golf tournament returns to Northern Ireland.

Horan will be teeing it up on August 10 in the Pro-Am of the tournament presented by Modest! Golf Management, the company he founded.

It will be the curtain-raiser ahead of the main event, which brings together some of the best players in the men’s and women’s game, with a DP World Tour tournament and co-sanctioned LPGA Tour and Ladies European Tour event played concurrently at Galgorm Castle and Massereene Golf Clubs from August 11-14.

“I’m really looking forward to returning to County Antrim later this year,” said Horan.

“It was great fun last year and it was great to see men and women playing on the golf course at the same time and for equal prize money.”

Joining Leona Maguire, Ireland’s first-ever winner on the LPGA Tour, in the women’s competition will be Jordanstown’s Stephanie Meadow, who won the 2019 edition of this event.

“I can’t wait to get back to Galgorm for the ISPS HANDA World Invitational in August,” said Meadow.

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“I have great memories of winning there in 2019 and look forward to playing in front of the home fans once more.

“I was so disappointed when I couldn’t compete last year due to schedule clashes and playing in the Olympics.

“To play alongside the men will be really fun and I’m looking forward to seeing the recent changes to the golf course too. It’s a dream come true to have an official LPGA Tour event on home soil and the World Invitational has come a long way to become a $3 million tri-sanctioned event between the LPGA Tour, the Ladies European Tour and the DP World Tour.”

In the men’s competition, DP World Tour winners Guido Migliozzi and Ewen Ferguson are set to tee it up alongside Daniel Gavins, who will be defending the title he won in fine fashion last year after carding a seven under par final round 65.

“I’m excited to tee it up in Northern Ireland again,” said Migliozzi. “One of my first appearances as a professional was actually at Galgorm Castle on the European Challenge Tour, so it will be nice to go back and reflect on how far I’ve come as a player in the last six years.”

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