Time is running out for pupils to bring Irish Open trophy tour to their school

IRISH OPEN SCHOOLS TROPHY TOUR IS BACK! The children of Straffan National School joined (l-r) Tom Walsh of Waterford Crystal, Dubai Duty Free Golf Ambassador Des Smyth, Antonia Beggs from The European Tour and Brian McIlroy of the Rory Foundation to launch the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Trophy Tour.
IRISH OPEN SCHOOLS TROPHY TOUR IS BACK! The children of Straffan National School joined (l-r) Tom Walsh of Waterford Crystal, Dubai Duty Free Golf Ambassador Des Smyth, Antonia Beggs from The European Tour and Brian McIlroy of the Rory Foundation to launch the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Trophy Tour.

Schoolchildren across Northern Ireland are running out of time to submit their entry in this year’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Trophy Tour competition which was launched by The European Tour and the Rory Foundation earlier this month.

All entries must be submitted by midnight on Sunday April 17 for the nationwide competition which gives children across Ireland, north and south, a chance to win an historic opportunity for their schools to host a visit from the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Trophy which is currently in the possession of defending champion Søren Kjeldsen.

Supported by the Confederation of Golf in Ireland (CGI), the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Trophy Tour competition invites children between the ages of 9 and 15 to tell The European Tour why their class or school deserves a visit from the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Trophy.

Not only will the winning pupils have a chance to get their hands on the prestigious trophy, they will also receive a host of other unique ‘money can’t buy’ prizes for themselves and their schoolmates.

These include a Q&A session with representatives of The European Tour and Rory Foundation and an insight into the life of a professional golfer from Ireland’s Dubai Duty Free golf ambassador Des Smyth, eight-time winner on the European Tour, who played in two Ryder Cups in 1979 and 1981 and was a vice-captain of Europe’s victorious 2006 and 2014 Ryder Cup teams.

Each winning pupil’s class will also receive tickets to go to the Pro-Am event on Wednesday May 18 while the overall winning pupil will receive family tickets for the Pro-Am and a VIP tour with a chance to meet some of the world’s top golfers.

And if that isn’t enough, the four winning schools will also enjoy a fun introduction to golf through the CGI’s ‘Golf Awareness Clinic’ which will give children a fun introduction to the sport through a variety of golf-related games including putting games and hitting real golf balls into a blow up net, and virtual golf on the Wii console.

To enter, schoolchildren aged 9-15 should simply send an email to trophytour@irishopen.ie outlining in no more than 250 words why their class or school deserves to win this unique and historic prize – clearly stating their name, age, address and school. Closing date for entries is April 17 with the prize to be taken between April 25 and May 13.