Ireland’s top golfers teed up at Killeen Castle today to launch ‘Pink Friday’ ahead of this year’s Ladies Irish Open, supported by Fáilte Ireland. The initiative will see all GUI or ILGU card holders who wear pink on the opening day of the tournament, Friday August 3rd, granted FREE admission. Collections will take place on the day and all monies raised will go to Breast Cancer Ireland.
Ireland’s top player, Rebecca Codd, accompanied by fellow professionals Danielle McVeigh, Tara Delaney and Martina Gillen and the sensational amateur twins, Leona & Lisa Maguire lined out to support the initiative ahead of competing with some of the world’s best female golfers as they battle it out for one of the most prestigious competitions on the Ladies European Tour.
Suzann Pettersen from Norway returns to the Jack Nicklaus Signature Course at Killeen Castle, County Meath to defend her title as Ladies Irish Open Champion. A number of the successful European Solheim Cup team, who defeated the US in a memorable competition at Killeen Castle, will also return including England’s Laura Davies, Melissa Reid and Catriona along with Scotland’s Catriona Matthew and four-time Irish Open Champion Sophie Gustafson from Sweden.
The Ladies Irish Open supported by Fáilte Ireland takes place from the 3rd – 5th August at Killeen Castle, Dunsany, Co. Meath. Large crowds are expected to attend the event which is now one of the biggest events on the Ladies European Tour with a prize fund of €350,000.
Tournament Director, Roddy Carr commented, “I would encourage people of all ages to take this opportunity to watch some of the world’s best golfers compete in one of the finest golfing venues in Ireland. I am delighted that such a strong international field will compete in this year’s Ladies Irish Open and hopefully people will turn out in pink on Friday to support this great initiative.”
Aisling Hurley, from Breast Cancer Ireland said “This is a super initiative which will help support our pioneering research efforts. One of our main objectives is to make all women, regardless of age, Breast aware. We are delighted that the Ladies Irish Open is helping us in our Race for A Cure”.
Along with the top-class golf, there will be plenty of entertainment for all including live music each day and a dedicated Kidzone and Junior Golf area. There will be a traditional Farmer’s Market which will provide a variety of delicious culinary delights and treats including The Thai BBQ, Tasty Land Asian Noodle Bar, Jarek’s Kitchen and for a more traditional option Gran Clarks Bakery will serve up tart’s, bracks and muffins.
Located just off exit 6 on the M3, just fifteen minutes from the Blanchardstown exit 6 M50 turn-off, the event is very accessible to the greater Dublin area and surrounding counties. Tickets are free for children and senior citizens and standard tickets cost just €10, with season passes for €25. Public parking is available on-site and tickets can be purchased on entry or by visiting www.ladiesirishopen.ie.