by Ronan MacNamara
Tournament sponsor Niall Horan by Golffile
The Wednesday before a tournament is perhaps the most enjoyable day of the week as celebrities pit themselves alongside the best players in the game for one round in a Pro-am. Music star and Modest! Golf owner, Niall Horan will be the main attraction on July 28th as he swaps the mic for his clubs at Galgorm and Massereene before the ISPS Handa World Invitational gets underway on Thursday.
Other notable names include famed Westlife pair, Nicky Byrne and Shane Filan who will also tee it up at Galgorm on Wednesday.
There is a stacked rugby line up with Leinster and Ireland legends Rob and Dave Kearney pencilled in to play. They will be joined by Ulster legends Darren Cave, Paddy Wallace and Andy Ward. Former Ireland captain Rory Best is a long-time supporter of tournament golf at Galgorm so the former Lions player will be in action.
Fans will get to see if there is any correlation between being an elite cricket player and being a handy golfer as Ireland cricketers Kyle McCallan, Andrew White and Garfield Harrison will put down their cricket bats and try and hit greens instead of sixes at Massereene.
Republic of Ireland and Leeds United legend Gary Kelly will tee it up at Massereene alongside Gerry Anderson and John O’Neill on Wednesday.
Northern Ireland legends Chris Brunt and Keith Gillespie will also be in action at Galgorm as they look to dust off the cobwebs alongside BBC NI broadcaster Stephen Watson.
“I can’t wait to get playing in the ISPS HANDA World Invitational Pro-am next week,” explained Niall Horan, whose company Modest! Golf is the tournament’s Presenting Sponsor. “You all know how much I love golf, but when we are on the road there isn’t always the chance to get a game and that’s why I love getting back to Galgorm to take part in the Pro-am.
“It’s always a great day for players and spectators, everyone is relaxed and enjoys themselves. I’m delighted to see so many great names coming to play and support the event. It’s the perfect way to kickstart tournament week.”