Seapoint Golf Links in Termonfeckin will host the Irish Legends event from June 19-25, it was announced this afternoon.
The Legends Tour, formally the European Senior Tour, is the official tour for players over 50 and part of the PGA European Tour alongside the DP World Tour and European Challenge Tour. It offers the chance for amateurs and celebrities to play alongside the professionals in a live tournament and boasts major champions Paul Lawrie, Ian Woosnam, Tom Lehman and Michael Campbell as well as Ryder Cup legends Paul McGinley, Thomas Bjorn and Mark James, and a host of other professionals with European Tour success on their resumes among its members, and hopes are high that a stellar field will tee-it-up when Seapoint plays host.
Welshman Philip Price emerged victorious when Donegal’s Rosapenna hosted in 2022, edging out colourful Swede Jarmo Sandelin, in a field that included Paul Lawrie, Paul McGinley, Philip Walton, Thomas Levet, Simon Khan, Jean van de Velde, and Golf Channel’s leading analyst, Brandel Chamblee.
This is a proud moment for Seapoint Golf Links, following a recent €1m investment by its new owners in a newly renovated clubhouse and facility upgrade. The club is in excellent shape to host the event and the announcement is testament to the new proprietors’ commitment to improving the playing experience at Seapoint, placing it firmly on the international golf map.
Speaking on behalf of Seapoint Golf Links, Marty Carr commented: “We are thrilled to bring international Tour events back to Seapoint Golf Links. It’s fantastic that members and the local community can witness legends of the game tee it up and challenge themselves on our links. It is fitting that this event will be hosted in Louth, itself known as the Land of Legends. It’s an exciting opportunity for us to work with local businesses and stakeholders to celebrate and showcase all things local.”
Phil Harrison, Legends Tour CEO, said: “We have some stunning new venues to add to the long list of world-class golf courses in 2023 and we are thrilled that, for the first time, our players will compete on the spectacular links of Seapoint. With so many local knowledgeable golf fans, everyone at Legends Tour and our players are really looking forward to what will be a fantastic week.”
Co-promoter of the event, Cian Branagan of ForeFront Sports Management, added:“We are delighted to be the Co-Promoter for the 2023 Irish Legends event, alongside the Legends Tour. Having been involved with the 2022 Irish Legends, we are very excited to see this flagship event come to the beautiful, Seapoint Golf Links. We look forward to working with the club and engaging with the local community in the coming months to make this a truly unmissable event.”
Players competing at Seapoint will be announced in due course while qualifying school for the 2023 season is due to take place at Gloria Golf Club in Turkey next week, with Lough Erne’s Damien Mooney and Joe Lyons of Galway Golf Club among those competing at stage one, hoping to join Headfort’s Brendan McGovern and Waterville’s David Higgins in the final stage, being held at the same venue a week later.
Tickets for the June 2023 event will go on sale on Friday 27th January at 9am. For more information, visit legendstour.com.
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