David Higgins (Waterville) - Last year's winner
The Irish Club Professional Tournament is set to return to Dromoland Castle golf club in May. The Ron Kirby & J.B. Carr designed course will once again host the 36-hole professional only event on Wednesday May 16 and Thursday May 17 which will feature a prize fund of €13,000.
The Irish Club Professional tournament was launched in 1993. Last year, David Higgins retained his title in style, firing rounds of 72/72 (level par) to win by three shots. The Waterville golfer fully intends to make it three in a row this year, but will face some tough opposition from the likes of Damien McGrane (Carlow GC), Colm Moriarty (Drive Golf Performance) and Simon Thornton (Tulfarris Golf Resort).
PGA in Ireland Secretary, Michael McCumiskey, said; “We are delighted to announce that the Irish Club Professional Tournament will return to Dromoland Castle and acknowledge the support of Carr Golf and sponsors DS Automobiles and Monami Construction. Last year's event was well supported by the PGA Professionals who enjoyed the challenging golf course and the excellent accommodation at the Dromoland Hotel.”
The golf course at the five-star Dromoland Castle Hotel and Country Estate was originally designed by the renowned golf architect Mr. Brook L. Wigginton and opened in 1961 and in 2003, the par 72 Dromoland Golf & Country Club championship parkland course was carefully redesigned and updated by world class architect Ron Kirby and Irish golfing legend J.B.Carr.
The course plays 6,824 yards for men and 5,242 yards for ladies and sweeps through 450 acres of shady woodland, open rolling pasture, feral lakes and streams.