Ulster Championship event gets under way

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The PGA Ulster Championship gets under way at Hilton Templepatrick today (Wednesday, October 2) with a five East Antrim golfers in action.

The 36-hole professional-only two-day tournament will see 100 top Irish club professionals battle it out for one of Europe’s oldest trophies.

East Antrim interest lies with Ballyclare Golf Club duo Colin Lyttle and Thomas McIntyre, Eamonn Logue (Hilton Templepatrick), James Orchin (Whitehead) and Carrick man Ross Oliver, who will be representing Galgorm Castle Golf Club.

European Tour player Damien McGrane is also set to play, along with defending champion Niall Kearney and former British Amateur Champion Brian McElhinney.

It’s the third successive year the event has been played in Templepatrick and the PGA in Ireland Secretary, Michael McCumiskey, said: ‘We have had two really fantastic events at Templepatrick ... and we are again looking to repeat the past success in 2013. The event depends on the support from members and local club golfers and the course is in pristine condition.”

2008 China Open winner, Damien McGrane, added: “This is a great course and venue for such an event on the PGA calendar and, it will provide a top-class test.”

Templepatrick’s Club Captain, Mervyn McCall, said: “The members were excited when the news was confirmed about staging the HBE Risk Management PGA Ulster Championship and we will be interested to see how the professionals perform on our course.”