Irish Open looks set to be hosted north of the border

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Thursday, February 20th, 2014

SDLP Spokesperson for Culture, Arts and Leisure Karen McKevitt MLA has warmly welcomed news that the Royal County Down golf course in Newcastle is tipped to host the Irish Open Golf Tournament.

SDLP MLA Karen McKevitt

The South Down MLA said, “I am delighted that the prestigious Irish Open looks set to be hosted north of the border once again and I would like to extend my congratulations to the management and staff at Royal County Down.

“Although we are still awaiting confirmation from European Tour officials on the host venue, the course at Royal County Down is second to none and has already hosted major tournaments including the Senior British Open, the Walker Cup and even the Irish Open back in 1939 so it will be wonderful to see the event return to Newcastle.

“The hugely successful 2012 Irish Open hosted by Royal Portrush was the first Irish Open held north of the border since 1953 and made European Tour history having been the first regular event to sell out completely.

McKevitt added, “With the help of our high profile golfers we are being recognized as a popular host region for many prestigious sporting events including the World Police and Fire Games which were hosted in Belfast last summer and the Giro D’italia taking place this coming May.

“I hope to see many more major sporting competitions come to the north of Ireland in the future.”

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