Galgorm Castle Golf Club will host the Galgorm Castle Northern Ireland PGA EuroPro Open for the second successive year.
Building on the highly successful staging of the inaugural event in 2010 – when Englandâ€™s James Hepworth won from a dramatic play-off with Australiaâ€™s Daniel Gaunt – the 2011 championship promises to be even bigger and better.
The championship course at Galgorm Castle is rated as one of the finest parklands in the country and will once more test the leading professionals on the PGA EuroPro to their limits.
Players from Ireland and the UK, plus across Europe and beyond will tee it up in the 54-hole strokeplay event where a prize pot of Â£40,000 is on offer with Â£10,000 going to the winner.
â€œI am delighted the PGA EuroPro Tour is returning to Galgorm this year,â€ explained Christopher Brooke, Galgorm Castle. â€œIt is a reward to everyone involved in 2010 who made it such a success.
â€œWe are now focusing on making 2011 an even better event as itâ€™s a great opportunity for the people of Northern Ireland to see a top professional golf tournament on their doorstep and to promote the â€˜Golfing at Galgormâ€™ experience to an international audience.â€
Galgorm Castle has been working closely with their partners at the prestigious Galgorm Resort & Spa, and with significant investment from both parties, has created the â€œultimate golfing destination in Irelandâ€ certain to cater for every golfersâ€™ need.
This event offers free entry to the general public and spectator numbers are expected to exceed last year for the only high profile professional golf tournament to be held in the province this year.
Based on figures from last year, the local economy is expected to benefit in the region of Â£250,000 with over 1,000 bed nights required as the 156-player player field, plus caddies, officials and spectators arrive to the Ballymena area.
The tournament will be broadcast on Sky Sports, who in turn ensure coverage reaches over 50 countries through established sports channels such as ESPN, Star TV Asia and The Golf Channel in the United States.
This yearâ€™s event takes place from Wednesday, June 29 to Friday, July 1.
The official practice day is Monday, June 27 before the George Best Invitational Pro-Am serves as the event curtain-raiser on Tuesday, June 28.
After this the Gala Dinner and Charity Auction will take place at the Galgorm Resort & Spa. To book your team in the Pro-Am please visit www.galgormcastle.com