Concra Wood Golf Club is one of the most spectacular courses in IrelandThe Europro Tour has confirmed that the Kingspan Concra Wood Open will return to the stunning Castleblayney venue from July 22-July 26.

The inaugural event, won by Englishman Billy Hemstock, was hailed as a huge success and further cemented the growing reputation of the Christy O’Connor Jnr designed course.

“I am honored to have been the inaugural winner of the Kingspan Concra Wood Open in 2012,” said Hemstock. “The sponsors, the people and the world class golf venue that is Concra Wood made this tournament the highlight event on the PGA Europro Tour calendar in 2012.

“I am delighted that the tour is returning to Concra Wood in 2013 where I look forward to defending my title.”

The €45,000 Kingspan Concra Wood Open will be the only Europro Tour event staged in Ireland this year.

Jim Loughran, Commercial Director at Kingspan Insulation said: “Supporting local business and events has always been at the forefront of our community involvement, we are very proud to be involved with Concra Wood and see the tournament going from strength to strength in 2013.”

Head professional at Concra Wood, Conor McKenna, added, “We are determined to build on the success of last year’s tournament which helped to showcase the terrific facility at Concra Wood.”

Tournament week will get underway on July 23, with a pro-Am and gala prize-giving event, for more information about competing, contact Conor McKenna at Concra Wood.

Concra Wood opened in July 2008 and has quickly gained a very strong reputation. The course is blessed with stunning views of Lough Muckno from every point on the course and is located only one hour from Belfast and Dublin.

The golf course at Concra Wood was designed by two of Ireland’s golfing legends, Christy O’Connor Junior and Senior. 

Measuring over 7300 yards, European Tour player, Simon Thornton, holds the course record, a 68 set in 2010 at an Irish PGA Sprint event.