Pop star Niall Horan’s golf management company Modest! Golf announced on Monday that they are partnering with ISPS HANDA to bring a new type of tournament to Northern Ireland. The ISPS HANDA World International will take place August 15-18 at Galgorm Spa and Golf Resort and Masserene Golf Club. The event was previously the Northern Ireland Open on the Challenge Tour schedule.
This tournament will be made up of male Challenge Tour professionals and female professional golfers frim the LPGA, Ladies European Tour, Asia and Australia. There will be 300 players to start and a cut after rounds two and three. The €500,000 purse will be divided equally between the men and women. European Tour Chief Executive Keith Pelley said that this new tournament perfectly fits the Tour’s core values of innovation and inclusivity.
The announcement of this male and female tournament comes three months after the ISPS Handa Vic Open in Australia which was co-sanctioned by the European Tour and the LPGA Tour and the exciting Jordan Mixed Open in March which was tri sanctioned with thr Challenge Tour, Staysure Tour and the Ladies European Tour, the first time that men, women and seniors played together. The picture shows Niall Horan, Charley Hull, Keith Pelley, Dr Handa and Kirsty Gallacher.
Niall Horan said
“We got into golf with the aim to help and develop the next generation of player. By supporting a tournament like this exciting new World Invitational we are to bring that goal to fruition,” Horan said, according to the Euro Tour. “Myself and the entire Modest! Golf team are delighted to be partnering with ISPS HANDA, a wonderful organization who are synonymous with promoting the game around the world and helping to bring people together through sport.”