Returning with a brand new format and a tournament full of innovation is the 2017 Northern Ireland Open, presented by Modest! Golf.
Now in its fifth year, the NI Open is one of the best supported events on the European Challenge Tourâ€™s international schedule, both with record attendances and depth of field. Now in 2017, the NI Open has embraced the European Tourâ€™s vision of introducing fresh new ideas and innovation to professional golf with the introduction of Shootout Sunday.
Taking place at its perennial home, Galgorm Castle will see 156 players teeing it up ahead of the traditional 36-hole cut. A 54-hole cut will then be followed by five rounds of six-hole strokeplay matches in what will be a high octane and dramatic #ShootoutSunday.
Continuing the short form matchplay theme from other European Tour events, the NI Open will produce even greater excitement because the knock-out, strokeplay format on the final day will ensure the action continues until the last hole for each of the 28 matches.
The NI Open is free to enter and tickets can be secured by registering online at www.niopen.golf.
The Northern Ireland Open is likely to attract a strong contingent of Irish European Tour winners and players such as Michael Hoey, Damien McGrane, Peter Lawrie, Simon Thornton and Gareth Maybin, rising European Challenge Tour stars Chris Selfridge and Ruaidhri McGee, rookie professionals Gavin Moynihan, Gary Hurley, Dermot McElroy and Cormac Sharvin, plus a host of former European Tour winners. The European Challenge Tour is the second tier of men’s professional golf in Europe, the final stepping-stone to the ‘big time’ of world golf. A vast amount of former European Tour Challenge Tour players have gone on to win major championships and be part of successful Ryder Cup teams including, Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose, Martin Kaymer, Ian Poulter and our very own Michael Hoey.
Away from the fairways, tournament week will be buzzing with activity, especially at the dedicated food festival, housed within the NI Open Village, serving up a range of Northern Irelandâ€™s culinary delights.
NI Open Village
The NI Open Village will have strong representation from the leading retailers, with food and drink kiosks, the large scoreboard and casual seating creating a real hub of activity.
The Interactive Zone will be the perfect place to take time out away from the live action on the course and try some golf of your own with free lessons, the opportunity to play pitch & putt plus lots of fun activities for the kids in the Kidsâ€™ Fun Area.