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Global event showcases Northern Ireland as a world class golf destination!

Ellvena Graham, Chair of Tourism Northern Ireland, pictured with ISPS HANDA World Invitational winners, Daniel Brown from England and Alexa Pano from the US.

Ellvena Graham, Chair of Tourism Northern Ireland, pictured with ISPS HANDA World Invitational winners, Daniel Brown from England and Alexa Pano from the US. (Picture: Getty Images)


Northern Ireland welcomed some of the world’s best male and female golfers to its shores over the weekend for one of the most exciting events in the world of golf, the ISPS HANDA World Invitational, presented by AVIV Clinics.

 

Thousands of golf fans ventured to the majestic Galgorm in Ballymena and the wonderful links course at Castlerock Golf Club to watch the stars from the DP World Tour, LPGA and Ladies European Tour play across the two sites between Thursday and Sunday.

 


On Sunday, Daniel Brown from England and Alexa Pano, from the US, were named tournament champions.

 

The ISPS Handa World Invitational, a tri-sanctioned event, featured two tournaments with 144 men and 144 womencompeting over the four days.

 

Broadcast to a potential global audience of 600m viewers, the tournament also hosted the G4D Tour at the ISPS HANDA World Invitational, which brought together 11 of the world’sbest golfers with disabilities, seeing Kipp Popert, from England, emerge the winner after finishing a huge ten strokes clear of second place.

 


Tourism Northern Ireland has been a proud sponsor of the event for the past three years and has worked closely with the organisers and sponsors on the organisation and promotion ofthe event.

 

Ellvena Graham, Chair of Tourism NI, congratulated all those involved in organising and staging the unique sporting occasion.

 

“Tournaments such as the ISPS HANDA World Invitational help strengthen Northern Ireland’s reputation for delivering high-profile international sporting events.

 

“It also allows us to showcase to the world the breadth and quality of the golfing experience visitors can have when they too come to play in Northern Ireland.”

 


“Tourism NI has been proud to sponsor this truly inclusive sporting occasion which brought together men, ladies and disabled golfers to play concurrent tournaments on two outstanding courses. I would like to congratulate the three winners and all those who made this event possible and the greatsuccess that it has been”

 

ENDS

Photo Caption: Ellvena Graham, Chair of Tourism Northern Ireland, pictured with ISPS HANDA World Invitational winners, Daniel Brown from England and Alexa Pano from the US. Picture: Getty Images

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