Hosting golf competition in Northern Ireland will let our junior players compete against talent from around the world

The launch of the PGA EuroPro Northern Ireland Masters Golf Tournament took place yesterday at Clandeboye Golf Club

Thursday, 13th May 2021, 12:38 pm
Updated Thursday, 13th May 2021, 12:48 pm
Clandeboye Golf Club captain Owen Trainor, left, Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster and Deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill at Wednesday's launch of the PGA Europro Tour event at Clandeboye Golf Club near Bangor in Co Down. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

I am delighted that Ards and North Down will have the opportunity to host this prestigious event at Clandeboye in August.

The PGA EuroPro Tour is regarded as the world’s most widely broadcast tour for aspiring young professionals and it provides young golfers with a platform on which they can prove themselves and excel.

Northern Ireland has produced a number of world-renowned golfers including our very own Rory McIlroy, from Holywood, and it is important to nurture young talent to ensure that Northern Ireland golfers will continue competing on the world stage in the years to come.

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This event will give some of our junior golfers the opportunity to compete with players from across the globe and showcase their abilities to the world.

It will also give us the opportunity to showcase our beautiful borough, together with its stunning 115 miles of coastline, to the world.

It could provide a boost to tourism — when regulations permit — and bring a much-desired economic boost to our traders after what has been a very difficult time.

Congratulations to Clandeboye Golf Club on becoming hosts of such a prestigious tournament.

I wish everyone involved the best of luck for what I am sure will be a very successful event.

• Councillor Trevor Cummings is the Mayor of Ards and North Down Borough Council

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