EuroPro Tour to return to Galgorm Castle in 2012

Chris Hanson
Englishman Chris Hanson triumphed at last year's Northern Ireland EuroPro Open at Galgorm Castle

Galgorm Castle will once again welcome golf stars of the future when it hosts the EuroPro Tour at the Ballymena venue from 29 May to 1 June.

The Galgorm event will start a busy summer of professional golf in Northern Ireland with the Irish Open taking place at Portrush a month later.

The 2012 event will be the third straight year that the EuroPro circuit has visited Galgorm Castle.

The EuroPro is the third-tier circuit in European golf.

Several of European's top pros played on the EuroPro circuit in the early part of their careers and the various tournaments receive television coverage.

"Galgorm is delighted and welcomes the announcement that the PGA EuroPro Tour will be returning," said Galgorm Castle general manager Gary Henry.

"Following the amazing success of the event in 2010 and 2011, we hope that we can build on the success and add even more to the 2012 event".

England's Chris Hanson edged out compatriot Graeme Clark in a play-off to win last year's tournament after both men finished on 14 under.

The 2011 events attracted large crowds and then US Open Graeme McDowell made a guest appearance in the event's tented village.

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