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IRISH OPEN GOES BACK TO LINKS AS PORTRUSH ANNOUNCED AS VENUE

The European Tour has confirmed that the  2012 Irish Open will take place over  the world renowned Dunluce links at the Royal Portrush Golf Club from 28 June to 1 July.

A successful staging of this year’s event could boost hopes of The Open Championship returning to Royal Portrush for the first time since 1951. Ireland’s major winners Darren Clarke, Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell and Padraig Harrington have all welcomed the news.

Open champion Clarke said that it would be “an awesome venue for the event”.  He said other players had already been asking him about the course and where the best places to stay were.

US Open champion McIlroy has already guaranteed his participation at Royal Portrush and spoke of his delight at the event’s return North for the first time since it was staged at Belvoir Park, Belfast in 1953.

McDowell and Clarke, who both have strong links with the north coast, have agreed to act in an ambassadorial role for Royal Portrush, which will celebrate its 125th anniversary in 2013.

 

 

LINKS TO THE FORE AGAIN AS KENT BENEFITS FROM £77 MILLION OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP

23 November 2011, Dover, England: Independent economic research commissioned by Open Championship organiser, The R&A, highlights that this year’s Championship staged at Royal St George’s Golf Club delivered a £77 million benefit to the County of Kent.

The headline figure includes an economic impact of £24.1 million for Kent and a destination marketing benefit of £52.6 million derived from the week-long event in July 2011. Within the boundaries of East Kent, comprising the districts of Canterbury, Thanet, Dover and Shepway an economic impact of £21.2 million was delivered.

Commenting on the research findings R&A Chief Executive, Peter Dawson said: “We found a worthy winner in Darren Clarke at Royal St George’s and we are delighted that the Championship also delivered a significant economic impact to the local community.

In one week, the economic benefit for Kent exceeded £24 million and the tourism legacy benefit of almost 300 hours of scenic images of the Kent countryside, viewed globally on television, will pay back in the county for years to come,” added Dawson.

 

 

ANOTHER LINKS SUCCESS STORY AS IMPACT OF 2010 OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP IS ANNOUNCED

2010 study shows a £100m benefit to Scotland
15 March 2011, St Andrews, Scotland:Open Championship organiser, The R&A and EventScotland today announced that the 150th Anniversary Open Championship staged in St Andrews, last year, delivered a combined £100 million benefit to Scotland.

The figure exceeds an £80 million forecast by researchers from the Sport Industry Research Centre (SIRC) at Sheffield Hallam University revealed by First Minister, Alex Salmond visiting the Championship last July.

The headline number includes a Scotland-wide economic impact of £47.4 million and a destination marketing benefit of £52.6 million calculated from global television coverage presenting Scotland as the ‘The Home of Golf’.

The independent research study, commissioned jointly by The R&A and EventScotland, found that most of the economic impact was focussed on St Andrews and the Fife Council area, with £40.1 million income entering the local economy directly attributable to The Open Championship.

Commenting on the research outcome, The R&A Chief Executive, Peter Dawson said, “The Open Championship averages six appearances in Scotland in a ten year cycle and we are delighted that the only Major Championship staged outside the United States delivers such a powerful legacy to the country recognised, the world over, as the Home of Golf”.