Concra Wood GC, in conjunction with the PGA EuroPro tour and Kingspan Insulation, has confirmed that the â€˜Kingspan Concra Wood Openâ€™ will return to the Castleblayney venue for a second year from July 22-July 26.
The inaugural event, won by Englishman Billy Hemstock, was hailed as a huge success and further cemented the growing reputation of the Christy Oâ€™Connor Jnr designed course.
â€œI am honored to have been the inaugural winner of the Kingspan Concra Wood Open in 2012,â€ said Hemstock. â€œThe sponsors, the people and the world class golf venue that is Concra Wood made this tournament the highlight event on the PGA EuroPro Tour calendar in 2012. I am delighted that the tour is returning to Concra Wood in 2013 where I look forward to defending my title.â€
At todayâ€™s announcement, Jim Loughran, Commercial Director at Kingspan Insulation said: â€œKingspan Insulation is pleased to be returning as the main sponsors of the Kingspan Concra Wood Open. Supporting local business and events has always been at the forefront of our community involvement, we are very proud to be involved with Concra Wood and see the tournament going from strength to strength in 2013.â€
Speaking on Kingspan Insulation sponsorship of the 2013 tournament, Head professional at Concra Wood, Conor McKenna, added, â€œWe are delighted to have secured Kingspan Insulation as the main title sponsor of the event for the second staging of the tournament. We are determined to build on the success of last yearâ€™s tournament which helped to showcase the terrific facility at Concra Wood.
Martin Malone, Captain, Castleblayney Golf Club added, â€œAs Captain of Castleblayney Golf Club, we are delighted that the PGA EuroPro Tour is returning to Concra Wood for the second time . We look forward to continuing and building new relationships with sponsors whose brand will be associated with one of the most exciting courses in Ireland.â€œ Adding on Kingspan Insulation support of the tournament Martin commented, â€œKingspan Insulation is a prestige company that compliments ConcraWoodâ€™s brand and we are delighted to have them on board once againâ€
Tournament week will get underway on July 23, with a pro-Am and gala prize-giving event, for more information about competing, contact Daniel Godding of the EuroPro Tour for details.
The PGA EuroPro Tour is a partnership between The Professional Golfersâ€™ Association and Matchroom Sport. It has become one of the leading tours in Europe and is the only officially recognised golf developmental tour in the UK.
The backing and support of the PGA is pivotal to its success as players strive to progress from the PGA EuroPro to Challenge Tour and full European Tour.
The 2010 Open Champion, Louis Oosthuizen is one of the tourâ€™s greatest success stories. Oosthuizen made his PGA EuroPro Tour debut in 2002, building his confidence and skills for two years. Ryder Cup star Ross Fisher, 2008 Irish Open winner, Richard Finch and Scottish World Cup winner Marc Warren have all used the PGA EuroPro Tour as a launch pad to European Tour success.
The tournament will be televised and shown on Sky Television in Europe and The Golf Channel in America.