Europro Tour event returns to Concra Wood GC

The Kingspan Concra Wood Open will return to Castleblayney, Co Monaghan for the third successive year from July 23-25.

The tournament, which has become a fixture on the PGA Europro Tour, is screened around the world via Sky Sports.

“As 2014 Captain of Castleblayney Golf Club it is an absolute pleasure to have the Europro Tour return for a third instalment,” said Alan Bolger.

“It is a fantastic experience for all our members to watch the future stars of the European Tour. Our members are very proud of the continued improvement to the course and facilities.

“Concra Wood will provide a fair and challenging test for these talented professionals. I wish them all the best on behalf of Castleblayney Golf Club and Concra Wood.”

Last year’s event was won by Marcus Armitage who carded a final-round 68 to edge out Paul Doherty by two strokes. It was the Yorkshire man’s first victory on tour and he described Concra Wood as a ‘great test’.

Jim Loughran, Commercial Director at Kingspan Insulation said, “We take a very localised view on these things. We do the big sponsorships, the likes of Ravenhill and Breffni Park but at the end of the day, we are from this parish and we see ourselves as a Monaghan company.

“We are very much into our locality and we are delighted to sponsor this event for the third year in a row. We wish everyone the best of luck.”

The tournament week will begin with a pro-am on Tuesday July 22, which is always well supported by the members at the club.

The three round event runs from 23-25 July, and admission to the viewing public is free.

“The success of this event is testimony to all the hard work of the officials, volunteers and sponsors involved,” said club professional Conor McKenna.

“The exposure the club gets from the tournament is getting Concra Wood recognised beyond these shores and that is a huge deal for the club, the town and the county.”

“Everyone is doing well as a result of the visitors that come to play this wonderful course. There is money spent in the area by people who stay locally and spend locally.

“Hopefully our supporters and another of our sponsors, Monaghan County Council can see the benefits the tournament brings to the area.”