Challenge of Ireland

Challenge Tour in 3 weeks - still no Irish event

Who will succeed Edoardo Molinari as Challenge Tour No 1?The European Challenge Tour will continue to break fresh ground in 2010, with five new events and six new courses added to an eight-month schedule which will again span four different continents.

As for the small island of Ireland, adrift on stormy seas of recession with no sign of port in sight, it appears that the Challenge of Ireland is trying manfully not to get hurled overboard.


Ireland still on course for three tour events in 2010

Ireland looks likely to survive the cash crisis and stage a hat-trick tour events this season.

Challenge Tour marketing executive Mark Aspland confirmed yesterday that he was "very hopeful" that the Challenge of Ireland would go ahead in July despite the economic gloom.

And it also emerged that Failte Ireland is planning to invest in the Irish Seniors Open again in addition to its announced support for the 3 Irish Open in Killarney.

Hoey and McDowell back Challenge of Ireland

European Tour champions and 2001 Walker Cup teammates Michael Hoey and Graeme McDowell have both backed the Challenge of Ireland ahead of the fifth edition of the event, which for the first time will be played at Moyvalley Hotel & Golf Resort in Kildare, Ireland, from June 11-14.

Harrington inspires McDermott at Glasson

He might be nearly 4,000 miles away in Akron, but Padraig Harrington’s presence was still clearly felt in the €150,000 Challenge of Ireland as Stackstown’s Michael McDermott opened with an impressive, eight-under par 64 to claim a one stroke lead at Glasson Golf Hotel and Country Club near Athlone.