Europe’s finest might be competing for prize money and a prestigious title at Galgorm Castle, but just as important, Cash for Kids was this week announced as the official charity to the Northern Ireland Open, in association with SPHERE Global and Ulster Bank.
Cash for Kids supports disadvantaged children throughout Northern Ireland so they can live life to the full and realise their full potential. The charity focuses on alleviating disability, combating illness and improving quality of life, while encouraging personal development and aspirational improvement.
“We’re delighted to have the continued support of Galgorm Castle and to be the official charity of the NI Open for 2015,” said Stephanie Laverty, Charity Manager for Cash for Kids, the official charity in 2014 too.
“Cash for Kids is a local children’s charity, so everything we raise at the event will stay in Northern Ireland and support disadvantaged children here.
“By supporting Cash for Kids the NI Open provides the means to give local children a better future and put smiles on thousands of young faces each year.
“Last year we raised over £7,000 at the event and we’re excited about the prospect of raising even more this year.”
Such figures could be a realistic target for the charity given the stellar field and record crowds expected to gather at Galgorm for the €170,000 European Challenge Tour event from August 6-9.
Household names like former European Tour winner Damien McGrane are in line to compete at the Ballymena venue and the veteran Meath professional has plenty of sound advice for young players starting out in the paid ranks.
“Professional golf can be rewarding but it’s a tough industry, it’s competitive and often difficult to make a living,” explained McGrane, who went through the PGA system and competed for years on the domestic circuit before making his breakthrough on the main European Tour.