Moyvalley stage set for DDF Irish Open Qualifier

Moyvalley Golf Club

This weekend, some of the country’s finest professionals and amateurs plying their trade at home and abroad will flock to Moyvalley Hotel and Golf Resort in Co Kildare to compete in the €40,000 qualifier for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, hosted by Paul McGinley from June 29-30.

Stars from the Challenge Tour, EuroPro and Alps Tour will be joined by PGA in Ireland professionals and a selection of GUI panellists for the 36-hole tournament, administered by the PGA in Ireland. The event will see contestants competing for four starting places in the $7,000,000 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch from July 4-7 in what could be a life-changing week for Ireland’s fringe professionals and upcoming amateurs.

Tulfarris’ Simon Thornton won last year’s staging with Colm Moriarty, Neil O’Briain and Cian McNamara also earning starts in the Ballyliffin showpiece last summer.

PGA in Ireland Regional Manager, Michael McCumiskey said; “In 2016 and 2017 the venue hosted the Irish PGA Championship and it proved to be a real test of golf for our professionals.

“This year, with four spots available at Lahinch and prize money of €40,000 to be played for, there will be huge interest from professionals and amateurs alike all dreaming of a place in the Irish Open.”

The course at Moyvalley is described as an inland links as it takes on some of the features of a traditional seaside links course, with tall fescue grass, large putting surfaces featuring heavy contouring, run offs and firm surfaces. It certainly produced two high-class Irish PGA champions in Damien McGrane (2016) and Tim Race (2017).

“We are delighted to be chosen to host the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Qualifiers here at Moyvalley Hotel and Golf Resort and we very much look forward to welcoming all the competitors in what promises to be a great weekend of golf,” said David Rock, Director of Golf Moyvalley Hotel and Golf Resort.

Competitors will be able to make use of an official practice day on Friday June 28. In the case of a tie for the leading four players, a sudden death play-off will be used.

Full draw HERE