‘Newcastle’s Irish Open growing into global spectacle’ – Ritchie

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Friday, May 1st, 2015
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SDLP Westminster Candidate for South Down Margaret Ritchie has said that the Irish Open planned for Newcastle is quickly growing into a global spectacle following the announcement of more elite golfers. irishopen1She said, “Significant work has already gone into ensuring that the Irish Open at Royal County Down will be bigger and better than any other held before. “This has created an opportunity like never before for the town and for South Down. I was delighted to hear that Martin Kaymer and Luke Donald have joined the already impressive list of golfers taking part, making it one of the most competitive fields on Tour. “The draw of a major competition will only increase the scale of investment local businesses can expect. One key driver making this Irish Open more attractive for business than previous tournaments is that the ticket allows visitors to go beyond the ropes,” she insisted. “That means ticket holders can enjoy the retail and hospitality offering in Newcastle and gain entry back into the course to watch the tournament later. I was a strong advocate for this approach and I’m delighted that the organisers have taken it on board. Ritchie added, “This event now promises to be a global spectacle and we have to make the most of it.”

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