18 June 2010
EuroPro at Galgorm
A stellar field has gathered in Ballymena for the Galgorm Castle Northern Ireland PGA EuroPro Open where a host of players from around the world and home nations will battle it out in the £40,000 event over the pristine parkland.
Galgorm is one of the standout tournaments on this year’s PGA EuroPro schedule and comes in the busy part of the season where players are looking to establish their position on the Order of Merit with one eye on the season-ending Tour Championship at Aphrodite Hills in Cyprus.
No less than 32 Irish professionals will tee it up in Galgorm this week, including Challenge Tour players such as Lurgan’s Gareth Shaw and Donegal duo, Michael McGeady and former British Amateur champion Brian McElhinney. Limerick’s Tim Rice is the highest-ranked Irish player at 14th in the standings. Former Irish Close Champion Paul O'Hanlon (pictured) is also expected to play.
There is also a strong presence from the Irish PGA circuit where Damian Mooney, a prolific winner on the domestic scene over the years, will look to return to winning ways on the PGA EuroPro Tour. Galgorm Castle head professional Phil Collins will surely put local knowledge to good use as he too goes in search of the £10,000 top prize.
Further afield England’s Ian Keenan returns to these shores in search of an Irish double after his Irish Masters win at Castle Dargan in Sligo at the start of June.
“I hear great things about Galgorm Castle and am really looking forward to competing there this week,” said Keenan, who is fourth on the PGA EuroPro Order of Merit. “This will be my first trip to Northern Ireland as I look to build on my good start to the season.
“The win at Castle Dargan propelled me into the top five and I now need to stay there. A win at Galgorm and an Irish double sounds like a great way to achieve my goals.”
Contact Details: Gary Henry, Galgorm Castle Golf Club
T: +44 28 256 46161 E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.galgormcastle.com