Amateur duo to compete in Northern Ireland Open at Galgorm

John Ross Galbraith
John Ross Galbraith

Amateurs John Ross Galbraith and Colm Campbell will compete at the Northern Ireland Open being staged from August 6-9 after being nominated by the Golfing Union of Ireland’s Ulster Branch.

The Galgorm Castle event will start a busy fortnight for the duo as they then head to Portrush to represent Ireland in the Amateur Home Internationals.

“I know if I play well I can do really well,” said Galbraith.

Whitehead man Galbraith won the North of Ireland Championship two weeks ago.

The 21-year-old competed in the Northern Ireland Open last year after winning the Irish Close and Ulster Youths title and finished a creditable 56th after making the 36-hole cut.

“I’m especially looking forward to the Northern Ireland Open because I feel my game is in better shape than it was this time last year,” added Galbraith.

“I’m looking forward to the challenge and playing in front of the home crowd is going to be amazing.

“I’m (also) delighted to get picked for the Home Internationals, it was a goal of mine this year.

“I wanted to make the team so badly because it’s at Portrush,” continued Galbraith, who is planning to compete in the European Tour Qualifying School at the end of September.

Campbell, who is producing another solid season on the amateur circuit after winning last year’s East of Ireland, is also hoping to make an impression when competing against the pros in the European Challenge Tour event

“It’s a great event and great to play against these great players in front of home support, then head on to Portrush the following week to represent Ireland,” said the 28-year-old from Warrenpoint.