Putt yourself in the picture with Dubai Duty Free Irish Open kids competition

​​TO celebrate the upcoming Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation, children throughout Ireland are being invited to putt themselves in the picture and win some fabulous prizes for their school and family as part of a nationwide competition.

  • 15 May 2018

Picture: Brian McIlroy of the Rory Foundation and primary school pupils Tiarna (6) and Sean (7) brush up on their drawing skills to launch a nationwide children's competition that will give kids throughout Ireland a chance to win some fabulous prizes for their school and family

This year's Dubai Duty Free Irish Open will take place at Ballyliffin Golf Club in County Donegal from July 5-8 and the competition will give children a chance to win a unique opportunity for their school to host a visit from the prestigious Waterford Crystal trophy - as well as a family pass and VIP Tour at the tournament's Pro Am on Wednesday 4 July.

To enter the competition, schoolchildren of all ages - or their parents and teachers - should simply submit a golf-themed drawing or painting of anything that inspires them, whether it be their favourite golfer, the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open trophy or a self-portrait of themselves on the golf course. 

Entries should be sent to trophytour@duffyrafferty.com along with contact details clearly stating the child's name, age, address and school. Alternatively, parents and teachers can tweet photos to @ddfirishopen or post on the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Facebook page with the hashtags #ddfirishopen and #puttyourselfinthepicture.

Closing date for entries is Sunday 10 June with the school visit taking place during the week of 18-22 June.  For more details, click on duffyrafferty.com/ddfio-competition​

The winner will be selected by the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open judging panel and receive an amazing 'money can't buy' prize package that includes a chance to get their hands on the prestigious trophy, a Q&A session with representatives of the European Tour and Rory Foundation at their school, and an insight into the life of a professional golfer from Ireland's Dubai Duty Free golf ambassador Des Smyth.

In addition, the winning child will each receive a family pass for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Pro-Am and a VIP tour with a chance to see Rory and some of the world's top golfers up close.

Not only that, the winning picture will be put on display at the tournament for players and spectators to see, and signed by Dubai Duty Free Irish Open host Rory McIlroy and defending champion Jon Rahm before being auctioned to raise money for the winner's school. The winner will also receive a signed copy to keep and treasure.

The 2018 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open will again be part of the very successful Rolex Series, with a massive prize fund of US$7 million on offer.

Tickets for the tournament are available at europeantour.com/tickets​ and a portion of all tickets sales this year will go towards the Rory Foundation which was established by McIlroy in 2013 to help children live better lives by raising funds and offering support to children's charities around the world.