American Golf is throwing the full weight of its support behind Michael McDermott, one of its own PGA professionals, at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.
McDermott, 34, has been a PGA Professional since 2004 and now works at the Dundrum American Golf store.
He qualified for the Irish Open as top PGA professional on the Irish Region's Order of Merit and plans to make the most of this opportunity to line up alongside the best in the world.
“I grew up playing golf at Stackstown Golf Club when Padraig Harrington was turning pro and then played alongside the likes of Graeme McDowell in youth golf,” the Dublin native said. “To be lining up alongside these guys and obviously Rory McIlroy is a fantastic feeling, one I’m certainly going to make the most of.”
To celebrate Michael’s appearance at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, American Golf is heading to Co. Down for the week.
The company will be taking over Quinns Bar on Main Street in Newcastle from Thursday, May 28 to Sunday May 31 to shout its support.
American Golf will also have its Tour truck parked on Main Street to ensure that any stars of the future have the chance to see the best golf equipment up close on the way to the course.
Dan Gathercole, Head of Marketing at American Golf commented: “It’s not often that one of your own gets to play on the biggest stage so we thought we’d come out in force to show our support.
"Michael’s been a fantastic addition to our team of PGA Professionals in Ireland and we’re delighted to be able to play a small part in this special week for him.”
Michael continued: “Work have been great, giving me the time I need to get my preparations just right. I’ve got a friend caddying for me, my friends and family coming to support and now the guys from work are taking over the town!
"This is a great opportunity and I’m going out there at Royal County Down knowing that if I play my best I can compete. I’m not going to limit myself with predictions, I’m just going to try and shoot the best score I can.”