Parker (7) ready for 'The Match' at Royal Portush

Shaun Oneill

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Shaun Oneill

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A unique champion ‘foursome, featuring Parker Bonnes, from Ballymena, will be teeing up at Royal Portrush this Friday.

Two current Flogas Irish Junior Open champions and two European Tour professionals ‘face off’ in the Flogas Irish Junior Open Match ahead of the British Open Championship in July.

Seven-year-old Parker, the Junior Open Winter Series champion, will be joined by Cormac Sharvin.

And 10-year-old Harry O’Hara, of Clandeboye and Holywood golf clubs, the Junior Open’s Gary Player champion, will be partnered with Gary Murphy.

Both Cormac and Gary are Flogas brand ambassadors and are delighted to give the young champions a helping hand in trying to win their first ever game on one of the world’s finest courses.

'Flogas Irish Junior Open' founder Michael Gallagher of MG Pro Golf said he is delighted to have this special match take place just three months prior to the biggest show in golf.

“Royal Portrush couldn't have been more helpful in giving our current Irish Junior Open champions a once in a lifetime opportunity to play on the same course that Tiger and Rory will soon be competing,” said Michael.

“With two European Tour professionals onboard and a great headline sponsor in Flogas, it’s going to be a very exciting match to watch. I look forward to adding more great events and opportunities like this for our future stars in the coming years.”

The 'Flogas Irish Junior Open Match' takes place at 11am on Friday at Royal Portrush and will be showcased on all the Irish Junior Open's social media accounts.

In his time Parker has competed in the seven and under category in the US Kids; he won his local category in the UK Kids Tour, the British and European Championships and the World Championships in Pinehurst, North Carolina.

The local lad also won the British Championship at St. Andrews in Scotland.

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