Event & Coverage

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.

2018 Irish Masters Champion, Mark Young

Young (Longridge Golf Club) started the day four shots off the lead and had it all to do on windy final round on the Blessington Lakes. John Ross Galbraith (Whitehead Golf Club) was on the hunt for his maiden EuroPro Tour title but struggled to put a run together, as did one of his playing partners Marco Penge. Ireland’s Niall Kearney, on the other hand, looked to be the man to beat going out in 33 to hold a share of the lead with England’s Tomasz Anderson on ten-under-par. Elsewhere, Clevedon’s Ashley Mansell got in on the act and carded a final round of 69 (-3) to hold the early clubhouse lead on nine-under par, setting the bar for the other four golfers in contention still out on the course.

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.

Mark Young, 2018 Irish Masters Champion.

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.”

Simon Thornton (Tulfarris Touring Professional), Pat Barrett (Tulfarris Golf Business and Development Manager) and Jim Murphy (CEO,PREM Group)

Tournament Host, Simon Thornton

(Pictured in header photo, with Pat Barrett, Golf Business and Development Manager in centre and Jim Murphy, CEO of PREM Group on right).

European Tour winning professional golfer Simon Thornton, has recently been appointed as the new Tournament Professional at Tulfarris Golf Club. Simon's career began in Royal County as an assistant club professional. After progressing through the PGA Irish Region, Euro ProTour and playing on the Challenge Tour in 2009, Simon earned his European Tour card. In 2013, he claimed his first European Tour win at the Najeti Hotels et Golfs Open in France. Commenting on his new appointment Simon said "I am delighted to be starting my new role at Tulfarris Hotel and Golf Resort. The first thing I noted was the quality and layout of the course, which is really impressive. Tulfarris really has all the ingredients to become one of the premier golfing destinations in Ireland. It’s an exciting time for the Resort and I am looking forward to being part of it’s success."

The EuroPro Tour

The PGA Euro ProTour is a men’s developmental professional golf tour, created in 2002 when the two development tours – The EuroPro and PGA MasterCard Tours merged into one. Events are based primarily in Europe, including Ireland, the UK and Continental Europe. The top 5 Order of Merit players will receive an invite to compete on the Challenge Tour. Tulfarris Hotel & Golf Resort’s Irish Masters will be the Euro ProTours only stop outside of the UK and mainland Europe.