Ballymena golfer Dermot McElroy set for Irish Open challenge at Fota Island

Ballymena golfer Dermot McElroy
Ballymena golfer Dermot McElroy

Ballymena’s Dermot McElroy is one of four amateurs selected by the GUI to compete at the Irish Open at Fota Island from June 19-22.

The 20-year-old – who finished ninth at last year’s NI Open Challenge at Galgorm Castle – will miss the British Amateur Championship to compete in the tournament.

McElroy will be joined in Co Cork by Robbie Cannon (Balbriggan), Gavin Moynihan (The Island) and Gary Hurley (West Waterford).

The four amateurs are included in a field alongside Major champions Rory McIlroy, Padraig Harrington, Graeme McDowell and Darren Clarke.

The 2009 winner Shane Lowry, who won in enthralling circumstances as an amateur at Baltray, is also included in the field.

Antonia Beggs, Championship Director said: “The amateur game in Ireland has always been vibrant, thanks mainly to the commitment and endeavours of the Golfing Union of Ireland.

“We are delighted to welcome Robbie, Gavin, Gary and Dermot to join a world class field of professionals at Fota Island Resort.

“The experience they get from playing in the Irish Open will be invaluable as they progress in the game of golf.”

Albert Lee, Hon. Secretary of the GUI added: “Playing in the Irish Open is an important step in the development of these players and we acknowledge the support of the European Tour in allowing us nominate four amateurs to compete in what will be a fantastic display of golf at Fota Island.”