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Peter J. Martin
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Three in a row for Northern Ireland golf!

Monday 18th July 2011

This week, we witnessed a third golfer from Northern Ireland win a Masters event when Darren Clarke eased to victory in the British Open and made everyone from Ulster proud.

This week we witnessed a third golfer from Northern Ireland win a Masters event when Darren Clarke eased to victory in the British Open and made everyone from Ulster proud. The Royal and Ancient Golf Club which hosts the British Open has said this week that it will look again at hosting the event in Northern Ireland – it would be the first time for over 60 years. North Down [the home of the US Open champion] would benefit greatly from the influx of tourists if Royal Portrush hosted the Championship in 2015. 

Following Rory’s magnificent success Tourism Ireland invested 2.2 million euros in ‘golf tourism’. This is even before our latest hero, Darren Clarke, won the British Open. I have this week written to the Minster responsible for the Northern Ireland Tourist Board, Arlene Foster, to call for further specific investment here in Northern Ireland. The spin off benefits for having the Open in Northern Ireland for North Down would be economically very significant and a welcome boost in a range of service sectors. Our boys are doing Ulster proud – let’s not let them down”

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