Cian Arthurs/Golf Ireland
Golf Ireland is delighted to announce that the first ever Irish Open for Golfers with a Disability will take place in Roganstown Hotel & Country Club.
The north Dublin venue will host the two-day event on July 5-6, with golfers from Ireland and abroad competing in the inaugural event.
As part of Golf Ireland’s 2022-2026 Strategic Plan, one of the objectives was to “deliver a clear, streamlined, inclusive and equitable event calendar, including disability and development competitions.”
“We are thrilled that the first Irish Open for Golfers with a Disability will be taking place this summer”, Golf Ireland CEO Mark Kennelly said. “Earlier this year we launched our Strategic Plan for 2022 to 2026 and creating events like this was an important part of that process. Representatives from Golf Ireland recently travelled to Portugal to see how EDGA help run and manage events for golfers with a disability, and I know our staff and those in Roganstown will help put on a tremendous event this July.”
“We are delighted to be bringing this event to Ireland”. Golf Ireland’s Disability & Inclusion Committee Chair Gerri Houlihan said. “It will be a fantastic opportunity for the very talented golfers with disabilities we have on the island of Ireland to play on home soil showcasing their amazing talent inspired by home support. I hope this tournament will encourage other golfers with a disability to participate and engage in the game at all levels
“In addition to great golf, the amazing camaraderie between the competitors promises to make this event truly special and unique.”
“The Irish Open for Golfers with a Disability looks set to be a hugely popular tournament,” President of EDGA and Head of Disability and Inclusion for the International Golf Federation Tony Bennett said. “I am sure that Golf Ireland’s commitment to delivering a fantastic tournament, and the legendary Irish welcome, will combine to make this a memorable event. This first Irish Open for Golfers with a Disability will likely become the cornerstone for an increasing number of outreach programmes, and more opportunities for golfers with a disability as clubs and provinces join to make golf the most inclusive of all sports. Congratulations to all those involved in turning the vision into a reality.”
The news of the Irish Open for Golfers with a Disability comes after Golf Ireland launched the 2022 Golf4All programme. Elite golfers with a disability can apply for funding for the 2022 season here.