Gavin Moynihan is the latest Irish Walker Cup star to be confirmed in next month’s Volopa Irish Challenge hosted by Mount Wolseley Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort.
The 21 year old turned professional after helping Great Britain and Ireland to a resounding victory at Royal Lytham and St Annes, contributing towards two points out of a possible four.
Moynihan has already tasted victory on home soil this year with victory in the Irish Amateur Open, the second time he took the title, and is hoping for further success on his return now that he is a professional.
“I cannot wait to get my first taste of professional golf in Ireland,” said Moynihan, who missed the cut on his professional debut in the Italian Open in Milan last week.
“When choosing to turn professional after the Walker Cup, the Volopa Irish Challenge was an event that immediately jumped out at me.
“The Challenge Tour is a great place to test and improve my game, and to learn how to play professional competitive golf against some of the very best players around.
“Golf in Ireland is very close to my heart, and the support I have had through my career so far has been so important, so I hope I can help show more youngsters that it really can be done.
“I know there will be great support, especially for us Irish boys. We’ve got the most passionate golf fans in the world in Ireland and it’s very exciting to have the chance to play in front of them already.”
Moynihan, who has been supported by the Golfing Union of Ireland (GUI) since he was 13 years old, joins his Walker Cup team-mates Jack Hume and Gary Hurley in a strong field as the Challenge Tour season draws to its conclusion with the stakes as high as ever.
Just two events follow the Volopa Irish Challenge, placing even more interest on the Road to Oman Rankings, the top 15 of which earn graduation to The European Tour for the 2016 season.
The Challenge Tour prides itself on helping to develop young golfing talent and is therefore delighted to have the support of both the Irish Sports Council (ISC) and the Confederation of Golf in Ireland (CGI).
The Challenge Tour has not held a tournament in the Republic of Ireland for six years, but its return will make it the only men’s professional golf tournament to be held in the country this year.