IRISH OPEN HEADS NORTH, FOLLOWING LAST YEAR’S EPIC AT LAHINCH
|The $1.25m Irish Open has been one of the top golf tournaments on the European Tour forever. It has always been the highlight of our year when our golfing heroes return to Ireland to play in their National Championship. In this strangest of years, the event was moved to Northern Ireland to be played at Galgorm Castle, so as to make it easier for players flying in from overseas to avoid a 14-day quarantine in the South. Nonetheless, there is a strong Irish contingent, including Open Champion Shane Lowry and Amateur Champion James Sugrue (a), both flying straight in from Winged Foot. They are joined by Padraig Harrington, who has remained in Ireland this year, and a number of young, hungry professionals who received invitations.|
After two days of play, our hopes of an Irish winner lie in the hands of James Sugrue (a), who was victorious in the British Amateur at Portmarnock Golf Club last summer. He is hoping to emulate Shane Lowry’s staggering achievement when he won the Irish Open at County Louth Golf Club as an amateur in 2009.
This year’s event also paid tribute to our great friend, John O’Leary who passed away in March. In 1982 he became the first Irishman to win the Irish Open. John used to stay in Suncroft, the Carr house overlooking Sutton Golf Club during his summers as a kid, and he was very much part of the Carr family in those days.
In 2016 Rory won the event at the K-Club with a dramatic finish, hitting a superb 5 wood from the fairway on the 18th hole to within two feet. Last year’s event at Lahinch was a sell-out, with John Rahm winning for the second time in three years.
The festival like atmosphere at Lahinch was magic, with the village rolling out the red carpet and celebrating Links golf in true Irish fashion with a world-class winner, a few pints, some great Irish humour and the craic.
|It’s that atmosphere we all miss at the moment and when this current pandemic subsides, we look forward to welcoming you back to the South West of Ireland for more of the same.|
Marty Carr, CEO Carr Golf
The golf courses in South West Ireland are defined by dramatic and seemingly untouched terrain. Some are world-famous, others are hidden gems. The region’s resorts, including an ancient castle retrofitted with luxuriously appointed accommodations, are no less extraordinary.