NI Open event gets Tayto sponsorship boost

Chris Selfridge with Mr tayto
Chris Selfridge with Mr tayto

The Northern Ireland Open, in association with SPHERE Global and Ulster Bank, got a whole lot tastier after the province’s iconic brand Tayto signed up once more as a Main Sponsor to next month’s European Challenge Tour event at Galgorm Castle from August 6-9.

Tayto has a longstanding relationship with Galgorm Castle and the many standout professional events staged at the championship Ballymena venue over the years.

“We are delighted to be supporting the Northern Ireland Open again in 2015,” said Robert Brown, Tayto Group PR Manager. 
“We know the event will be even bigger and better this year and look forward to being part of it.

“With so much to see and do, not only on the golf course but away from the fairways, the Northern Ireland Open promises to be another celebration of Irish golf and fun for all the family.

“Be sure to come and visit Mr Tayto during the event!”

Another local favourite is Chris Selfridge, who is also enjoying the taste of success in the early stages of his fledgling professional career. 
The Castledawson golfer joined the paid ranks in May and has already notched up three top-20 finishes in four starts on the Challenge Tour, including tied-10th at the recent SSE Scottish Hydro Challenge.

The 23-year-old, who graduated from the University of Toledo in the United States earlier in the year, has shot out of the blocks and is currently taking life on tour in his stride.

“I feel very comfortable out here (on tour) and obviously things have started very well for me,” said a relaxed Selfridge ahead of the Aegean Airlines Challenge Tour event in Germany.

“There are worse things I could be doing. I’m lucky to be playing golf for a living and so far things are going well.”

Selfridge is under no illusions the challenges that lie ahead and the importance of the NI Open in helping to launch his playing career.

“Without the Northern Ireland Open I wouldn’t have invites and without invites I wouldn’t have turned pro, not right now at least. This tournament on home soil gave me opportunities to put a schedule together,” said the former two-time North of Ireland champion, who received eight starts this season and picked up another for this top-10 in Aviemore last week.

“If it wasn’t for the NI Open and Blackstar, my new management company, I would still be amateur right now. This tournament also gives other aspiring young local players the chance to compete and test themselves against some of the best players in Europe.”