Peter Gaw, Down Syndrome Centre; Darren Ryan, Captain Arklow
Golf Club; Michael McCumiskey, Secretary PGA
of Ireland; Chris Davitt, President of Arklow Golf Club
The PGA in Ireland reached an agreement with Arklow Golf Club to stage the tournament in conjunction with charitable partner, The Down Syndrome Centre.
In 2014, the two-day event will take place on Wednesday 4 and Thursday 5 June. It will attract some 100 professionals, while a pro-am on Tuesday June 3 is set to involve 40 teams.
Arklow GC is not new to this – it has played host to the PGA of Ireland events before, staging the PGA Southern Champion four times in the early 2000s. Leslie Walker claimed the title in 2001, Brendan McGovern won in 2002 and 2004, with John Murray triumphant in 2003. The current Club Professional champion is Foyle Golf Centre's Brian McElhinney, who carded rounds of 68/72 to win by a shot at Dundalk GC, last year.
|Arklow Golf Club's par four 5th, green to tee|
Green fees range from €20 (early bird) up to €60 (peak times).
“This is a fantastic opportunity for the charity to be involved with and we look forward to working with the PGA and professionals around the country on this tournament,” said Peter Gaw, the driving force behind the Down Syndrome Centre.
“It is a very exciting time for The Down Syndrome Centre as we hope to open our doors in early April, creating a family focused service of help, support and advice for the child and family throughout their lifetime.”
|Arklow's 4th hole, a par four, and on of the best on the course.|
The Down Syndrome Centre is focused on ensuring that children with Down Syndrome in Ireland are given all the chances possible to reach their full potential. The charity is on the cusp of opening a centre that will house essential therapies, an extensive resource centre, a Mum & Tots class, called SKIP, which is based on occupational therapy, as well as continuing to provide seminars and workshops.
|Arklow's par three 9th|
Good luck to all involved.
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