Walled City Pro Am will tee off with €15,000 pot
Over 50 teams and 200 golfers, professional and amateur, will line up for this year's €15,000 Walled City of Derry & Strabane Pro Am on August 24-25, a tournament now firmly established as a sporting and tourism magnet in the North West.
Sponsored by Bishop's Gate Hotel and Frylite, and supported by Derry City and Strabane District Council, the Pro Am has attracted Ireland's top professionals, including Irish PGA Order of Merit winner Simon Thornton and defending champion Michael McGeady.
Bishop's Gate's Ciaran O'Neill highlighted the tournament benefits to the area and said: "Now in its third year, 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 and it is a top attraction in this summer's sporting calendar. We're thrilled to be involved and we're looking forward to showcasing what the North West has to offer."
Eamon McCay, managing director of joint sponsors Frylite, added: "The fact that Strabane Golf Club will feature along with City of Derry will make this year's tournament a truly North West event.
"The calibre of local and international talent that is signing up to take part will undoubtedly attract a significant number of spectators and this in turn will benefit the wider economy. We're delighted to be sponsoring such a positive event as 1979 was the last time that a Pro Am event was held at Strabane Golf Club."
Michael McCumiskey, secretary of the PGA in Ireland, explained the format of the tournament. He said: "Top Irish PGA professionals from all over Ireland will be competing for the title and guaranteed prize pot of €15,000.
"Teams of three amateurs will also compete alongside the professionals for the coveted team prize.
"A junior event will take place on the Friday, kindly supported by Irish PGA professionals. As part of our wider community outreach programme we will continue to work with budding young golfers, delivering free coaching clinics hosted by top Irish PGA professionals.
"Whether you're brand new to golf or want to perfect your technique, your game will benefit from professional advice."
For further information and to register for the Junior Golf event, please contact City of Derry Golf Club on 028 7131 1496.
Bishop's Gate's O'Neill added: "In addition to joint sponsors, Bishop's Gate Hotel and Frylite, I would like to acknowledge and thank Visit Derry, Total Golf, Nuprint, Citroen and JC Halliday & Sons, who have been instrumental in attracting Irish PGA professionals back to the City.
"The North West region is fast becoming a golfing hub with Royal Portrush set to host the 148th Open this summer."