EuroPro Tour event launched at Galgorm

THE Galgorm Castle Northern Ireland PGA EuroPro Open was officially launched at the Ballymena venue on Monday and will host the province's only high profile professional golf event this year.

Monday, 15th March 2010, 8:28 am
Updated Tuesday, 16th March 2010, 8:44 am

Galgorm Castle Golf Club, along with the PGA EuroPro Tour, also breaks new ground as it will become the first EuroPro event to be staged in Northern Ireland when it takes place from Tuesday, June 22nd and concludes with the final day action on Friday, June 25.

The George Best Foundation is associated with the Pro-am and Gala Dinner at Galgorm Resort & Spa which takes place on Tuesday (22nd) to raise funds for its many ongoing projects to "help provide children with a better lifestyle through participation in sport".

The Galgorm Castle Northern Ireland PGA EuroPro Open begins in earnest on Wednesday (23rd) and is a 54-hole strokeplay event where the professionals will contest the 40,000 prize purse with 10,000 going to the eventual winner.

With a truly international field in prospect, Galgorm Castle looks forward to welcoming players from all the home nations plus Europe, South Africa and Australia.

The Galgorm Castle Northern Ireland PGA EuroPro Open will reach a global audience through its international coverage from Sky Sports and will also feature on the Golf Channel in the United States.

"Galgorm Castle is honoured and very excited to be hosting such a prestigious event," said Christopher Brooke from Galgorm Castle. "As part of our vision for the future of Galgorm Castle we intend to hold major international golf events annually, helping to promote the greater Ballymena area and the Northern Ireland golf product."

James Currie, Mayor of Ballymena Borough Council, added: "Ballymena Borough Council is delighted to support the PGA EuroPro Open. We have planned an extensive programme of events in the borough throughout the summer and this is one of the most exciting which will attract golf fans from across Northern Ireland."

Danny Nickless, Operations Manager, PGA EuroPro Tour, said: "Galgorm is arguably the most challenging course our tour players will encounter this season on the championship parkland that nestles in mature surrounds within the Galgorm Estate."