THE European Challenge Tour will return to Northern Irish shores for the first time in ten years when Galgorm Castle Golf Club, Ballymena hosts the Northern Ireland Open Challenge from August 29 – September 1st.
Michael Hoey, a four-time winner on The European Tour, will headline the field at the Ballymena venue, hoping to add to his trophy haul, having also won three times on the Challenge Tour.
The £170,000 Northern Ireland Open Challenge presents an opportunity for the next generation to follow in the footsteps of those superstars and begin their path to The European Tour.
It is the first time Galgorm Castle, one of the country’s premier parkland courses set in the spectacular surrounds of an historical estate, will host a Challenge Tour event.
Gary Henry, General Manager of Galgorm Castle, said: “We are expecting big crowds at Galgorm Castle to see some of Europe’s top young players and some of the more established names as well as some top quality home grown talent.
“The excitement is already building ahead of the tournament and, with the support of the people of Northern Ireland, we plan to make this one of the most exhilarating events on the Challenge Tour’s international schedule.”
Alain de Soultrait, Director of the Challenge Tour, said: “We are delighted to bring the Challenge Tour back to Northern Ireland, a country with great golf pedigree.”