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Northern Ireland's biggest Pro Am set to tee off over two courses

The largest event in this year's PGA calendar, the Walled City of Derry Pro Am tournament, is set to take place next week in Derry City on 26th and 27th August 2017.

For the first time ever the two courses, City of Derry Golf Club and Foyle International Golf Centre, will be getting in on the action on both days.

This will provide a larger number of competitors with the opportunity to put their skills to the test, while also promoting the local offering to a wide range of visitors.

With 66 teams and a total of 264 golfers set to play in the Walled City of Derry Pro Am tournament, not only is it the biggest Pro Am tournament in Northern Ireland but it is the only two course Pro Am tournament in the region.

Three top professionals from PGA in Ireland; Damien McGrane, David Higgins and Simon Thornton have confirmed they will be taking part.

Launching the Walled City Pro Am golf tournament Ordhan Dunne, General Manager, Visit Derry said:

“Ireland’s North West region is currently at the forefront of golf tourism on the island 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 District Council are sponsoring the tournament which will be one of the top attractions in the North West social and sporting calendar this summer.

In 2013, Derry-Londonderry was awarded City of Culture status and enjoyed a change of attitude, a new pride in cultural identity and an acceptance not so evident before. It was an incredible and sensational year as the City hosted a raft of events. It was brilliant for the region and helped to spread the word about what a wonderful place it is.

Building on this legacy and attracting premium sporting events such as the Walled City of Derry Pro Am tournament is very important for the region. It has been four years since a golfing competition of this magnitude took place and local businesses such as lead sponsor Bishop’s Gate Hotel have been working with partners to design and deliver a world class sporting event.  Harp Lager, Total Golf, Nuprint, Desmond Motors, Partridge Peartree, Citroën  JC Halliday & Sons and mintbet.com have been instrumental in attracting Irish PGA professionals back to the City.

This tournament will showcase local and international talent, while making a significant contribution to the local economy.

Michael McCumiskey, secretary of the PGA in Ireland, adds: "This event will attract the top Irish PGA Professionals from all over Ireland. They will be competing against each other for the title and guaranteed prize pot of 15000 euros 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, which is kindly supported by Irish PGA professionals. Undoubtedly, golf enthusiasts from across the North West and further afield will be keen to see PGA professionals play.  It will be a very busy weekend for the City."

Other highlights include a PAR 3 9 hole challenge at Foyle GolfCenter open to GUI members and non GUI members. Open to all age groups, this will take place during the tournament.

Former City of Derry Golf professional Michael Doherty who sadly passed away in December will be honoured as Irish PGA professionals compete to win the coveted Michael Doherty trophy.

There will also be a Hole-In-One fundraising event on the Saturday and Sunday for CLIC Sargent. This is a charity that is close to local Professional Michael Mc Geady’s heart. A young family relative of Michael’s has recently been diagnosed with leukaemia and this campaign will raise much needed funds.

JUNIOR FUN GOLF DAY – REGISTRATION OPEN

Calling budding young golfers! On Friday 25th August, from 6 to 8pm, Foyle Golf Academy will welcome the stars of the next generation. Run by PGA Professionals, Derek Morrison and Sean Young, Foyle Golf Academy welcomes young people aged 6 to 14.  Whether you’re brand new to golf or want to perfect your technique, your game will benefit from professional advice. Registration is essential as places are limited. Please call T. 028 7135 3366 to book.

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