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Excitement building as N.I. Open looms!

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Excitement building as N.I. Open looms! thumbnailNorth Antrim MP, Ian Paisley, with Christopher Brooke (left), amateur golfer Jordan Hood.who has been invited to compete in this week’s NI Open at Galgorm Castle GC, and Ballymena Guardian Sports Editor, Shaun O’Neill. GB3217D P56

NORTH Antrim MP, Ian Paisley, has said having a top class golfing tournament staged at Galgorm Castle is a major plus for the area!
Mr. Paisley said up to 40,000 people are expected to attend the Northern Ireland Open this week, and said it will be a major boost for the local economy.
The MP called out at Galgorm Castle Golf Club last week to see for himself just how well the course is looking - and how well the plans for the big week are in place.
“Everything is looking fantastic," Mr. Paisley told Guardian Sport. "The Northern Ireland Open is a brilliant competition and I am delighted that it is staged at Galgorm Castle Golf Club."
Mr Paisley reminded all that is it not just an event for golfers.
“There is something for the whole family," he said. "Also included is the Food Festival, a Kids Fun Area and a Family Activity Area. And Galgorm Castle Fairy Trial will also be open."
This year's hospitality area and good village will give visitors the chance to sample everything from locally made artisan food to high fashion.
The MP also wished local player Jordan Hood the very best in the NI Open!
Galgorm amateur player Jordan has been invited to take part in the prestigious tournament.
“I congratulate Jordan on being invited following impressive form in competitions earlier in the year. I wish him every success," said Mr. Paisley.
Meanwhile, 22-year-old player Hood told Guardian Sport it is like a dream come true to be invited in the NI Open!
“I am really chuffed, ...... it is something I have always wanted to compete in for a long time. It will be my first time playing at this level. Of course I want to do my very best. It will be a learning curve for me and I intend to pick up as much knowledge as I can playing with professional players, anything to make me a better player," Hood told Guardian Sport.
*Read the full story in this week's Ballymena Guardian.

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