Laois International Golf Challenge launched

Laois is set to stage its eighth International Golf Challenge from May 14 to 17 this year. The Laois International Golf Challenge has in the past attracted people from Italy, Belgium, Sweden, the UK and Northern Ireland. The challenge was created in a bid to showcase Ireland, and particularly Laois as an important tourism and golf destination to both domestic and international golfers.

Laois is set to stage its eighth International Golf Challenge from May 14 to 17 this year. The Laois International Golf Challenge has in the past attracted people from Italy, Belgium, Sweden, the UK and Northern Ireland. The challenge was created in a bid to showcase Ireland, and particularly Laois as an important tourism and golf destination to both domestic and international golfers.

This year the Golf Challenge was launched in the Heritage Golf and Spa Resort, Killenard by Irish Professional Golfer Gary Murphy. Mr. Murphy said he was delighted to be asked to the launch this competition, one which has grown year on year adding that Laois has so much lot to offer with both the competition and the value that it offers to golfers, both at home and from abroad.

Mr. Peter Carey, Co. Manager and Chairperson of Laois Tourism said that the Golf Challenge is now an important part of the calendar of events on offer to visitors to the county. He acknowledged the work and support of the Laois International Golf Challenge Committee and its Chairman Mr Tom Treacy, in promoting the county with such a high profile event.

Laois County Council Chairman Mr John Bonham, wished the International Golf Challenge every success and all those who return each year to play in the competition.

On behalf of the clubs that provide the excellent courses each year, Mr Aidan Egan, Captain of Killenard Golf Club, and Mr Tommy Hannon, Captain of The Heath Golf Club collectively wished the competition every success and look forward to working with the Laois International Golf challenge Committee to ensure that this year can be yet another successful event, and showcase what Laois has to offer its visitors.

The event itself is a fourball, betterball competition played over seven excellent parkland golf courses in County Laois including; Portarlington, Abbeyleix, Mountrath, Rathdowney, The Heath and Portlaoise, and the competition final takes place on Thursday 17th May at the magnificent Seve Ballesteros designed Heritage Golf & Spa Resort, at Killenard Players can opt to play in individual daily competitions or they can choose to battle it out over the four days. Daily prizes will be awarded with an overall prize being presented to the winning team on the last day at a special gala presentation of prizes in the Heritage Golf & Spa Resort, at Killenard.

Sponsors of the event include; Laois County Council, Fáilte Ireland, Laois Tourism and Heineken. The entry fee for the day competition is €15.00 while the entry fee for the overall challenge is just €100.

Mr. Dominic Reddin, Tourism Officer with Laois County Council said, “we are really looking forward to this year’s event and are thrilled to have a lot of teams signed up already. This challenge will allow us to showcase Ireland and Laois as a very attractive golfing destination. We are hopeful that this event will encourage tourism and support business in Laois and believe it will help to boost the overall profile of the county and its many attractions.

For entry forms or for more details, please contact Dominic Reddin, Golf Committee, Tel: +353 57 86 74324, log on to www.laoistourism.ie or check out www.golfirelandmidlands.com