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Closing date extended for Ulster Stroke Play

​​The joint amateur event will be held at Galgorm Castle & Massereene Golf Clubs with the opportunity for the top 3 players in each event to qualify to play in the 2019 NI Open​

  • 02 May 2019

​Caption: Jessica Ross (Clandeboye) (Image by Golffile)

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The Irish Ladies Golfing Union Ulster District & the Golfing Union of Ireland (Ulster Branch) are pleased to announce the launch of a Male & Female Strokeplay Championship. Both Championships will be run concurrently over 72 holes, starting on the Bank Holiday Monday (27 May), at Galgorm Castle & Massereene Golf Clubs.

Speaking at the launch the Chairs of both organisations namely; Liz Nixon & John White stated "On behalf of both Unions we are pleased to launch the new Ulster Strokeplay Event which brings together, in 2 separate events, elite male & female golfers. The event will be held at Galgorm Castle & Massereene Golf Clubs with the opportunity for the top 3 players in each event to qualify to play in the 2019 NI Open – in 2019 this will be a Challenge Tour Event on the professional circuit for male golfers and a European Tour event for female golfers"

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Caption: Liz Nixon (Chairman ILGU Ulster District) & John White (Chairman GUI Ulster Branch) with the General Manager of Galgorm Castle Gary Henry and General Manager Massereene Sean McGurk, (Image: webberphotography.com)

Gary Henry General Manager Galgorm Castle stated; "The NI Amateur Strokeplay tournament had 10 stagings and produced some quality winners, such as Cormic Sharvin and Dermot McElroy. By winning the NI Amateur Strokeplay, McElroy earned an invitation into the NI Open in 2013 and went on to have a top-10 finish in the European Challenge Tour event as an amateur, while 2012 winner Sharvin had his own top-10 finish in the 2018 tournament and received the Bridgestone Award for the leading Irish player in the field under 30 years of age.

With the NI Open introducing a combined Men’s & Ladies’ professional tournament - the first of its kind in Europe, where men and women will compete on the same course, at the same time, for the same level of prize fund, the opportunity for the new Ulster Strokeplay Championship to mirror this exciting new professional tournament and in turn create playing opportunities for elite amateurs in a professional tournament, is a truly exciting development and we are delighted to host the championship along with Massereene Golf Club.”

Sean McGurk General Manager Massereene Golf Club stated:“Massereene Golf Club is proud and honoured in being selected co-host of Ulster Open Strokeplay Championship which is to be held in May 2019.  Both the Ulster Unions (GUI & ILGU) have honoured us once more in permitting Massereene Golf Club to facilitate such a new and innovative golf championship, the first of its kind on these shores.  Again, the choice of Massereene bears true testament to the quality and challenge Massereene Golf course offers top amateur golfers”.