Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Ireland's Luttrellstown Castle Resort to stage 

PGA Pro Championship in June 2017

Ireland’s historic Luttrellstown Castle Resort, pictured above, with its famous Gothic façade will be the imposing stage for the 2017 Titleist and FootJoy PGA Professional Championship.

The Castleknock venue, which dates back to the 1400s, will host the event for the UK’s leading PGA pros from June 13-16.
It’s the first time the 72-hole tournament has been held in Ireland since 2001 but Irish players have enjoyed considerable success in the intervening years –
David Higgins is the defending champion while David Mortimer and John Dwyer lifted the title in 2010 and 2007 respectively.
A total prize fund of £91,500, including nine regional qualifiers, is at stake while an added bonus for the leading finishers at Luttrellstown will be qualification for the 2017 Great Britain and Ireland PGA Cup team to face the United States at Foxhills Club and Resort in September 2017.
It promises to be an exciting addition to the golfing calendar as Luttrellstown’s newly appointed director of golf, Peter Lawrie, confirmed.
“We’re delighted it is coming back to Ireland – it’s been a long time,” said Lawrie who is enjoying a new role in golf, having previously been a longstanding member of the European Tour.
“It’s great for me having been recently appointed director of golf to have the tournament at Luttrellstown – it’s a nice synergy.
“I know all about tournament golf so to get an event like the Titleist and FootJoy PGA Professional Championship is superb.
“I know the course is well able to stand up to the challenge of really good players playing it – it is a championship golf course. I think the membership will come and support it and the players will enjoy the challenge.”



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