The EuroPro Tour is coming to Tulfarris Hotel & Golf Resort in 2018, 2019 and 2020, where the Irish Master is being hosted by our Touring Professional Simon Thornton. Each year, Sky Sports Golf will broadcast a highlights programme following the event, shown on 98 networks around the world reaching over 400 million people. This event will be available to watch on demand in high definition on the EuroPro Tour’s YouTube channel. Extensive coverage will also be provided by Irish Golfer Magazine. We are looking forward to putting our Championship course on so many TV screens each year and to be labelled as One To Watch by the PGA EuroPro Tour.
At the turn, it looked to be Anderson’s tournament to lose as he reached 11-under par heading down the 18th and had a two-shot cushion over clubhouse leaders Young and Mansell whilst Kearney was a hole and shot back. Drama struck late on as Anderson found himself in a fairway bunker over 190 yards from the pin, and in going for the green struck his approach way left and flush to a clubhouse wall. Forced to play his shot left handed, he struck his shot through the green and into a bunker and could only get up and down for a double bogey, joining Young and Mansell in the clubhouse on nine-under par. Kearney, requiring at worst a par to win on home soil, could only find the greenside bunker on the 18th. His chip and putt left him with a two-foot putt to join the other clubhouse leaders but a lip out, much to the disdain of the home crowd and Kearney alike, meant he had to settle for a share of fourth with Scotland’s Paul McKechnie and Northern Ireland’s Galbraith. An all-English playoff involving Young, Anderson, and Mansell only lasted one hole as Mansell and Anderson could only manage to bogey the 18th whereas Young rolled in a two-foot par putt for his third win of the season.
Reflecting on his win he said: “It was an unexpecting win if I’m honest, knowing where I was with two to play I thought I was going to be a couple short so, to get into the playoff was a bonus to start with. “I hit two good shots [in the playoff] whereas the other two weren’t as fortunate, I took advantage of that and I’m delighted to get the win. “I was playing with Anderson and he was unfortunate to land where he did after his bunker shot at the end, but pressure is an amazing thing at times.”
Jim Murphy, CEO of PREM Group, said: “Congratulations to Mark on what was a fantastic win. There was some really high-class golf played out on the course over the last three days and to emerge victorious from such a competitive field following a thrilling playoff is very impressive. We are delighted to have hosted such a large number of top-class golfers at Tulfarris Hotel & Golf Resort, and I have no doubt that we will see many of them competing at the very highest level of world golf in the coming years. “We got great feedback from many of the players who were highly complimentary of the course, and, having played it during the Pro-Am event on Tuesday, I can only praise the brilliant staff here at Tulfarris Hotel & Golf Resort for having it in such pristine condition.”
(Pictured in header photo, with Pat Barrett, Golf Business and Development Manager in centre and Jim Murphy, CEO of PREM Group on right).