Irish Open week tees off with CLIC Sargent

CLIC Sargent Northern Ireland celebrated their partnership with the Irish Open on Tuesday night by extending a big ‘thank you’ to everyone involved in the 2012 championship at Royal Portrush Golf Club.

As official charity to the Irish Open, CLIC Sargent hosted a reception at the famous Old Bushmills Distillery, attended by the charity’s committee members, European Tour officials, sponsors, friends and players involved in this week’s tournament.

Lorraine Clifton thanked all the charity’s supporters involved in the Homes from Home Appeal which will benefit considerably from the funds raised during the Irish Open’s return to Northern Ireland for the first time in almost 60 years.

The Tour Players’ Foundation and the Darren Clarke Foundation were given a special vote of thanks by Barry McGuigan, the former WBA featherweight champion, who has been a long-time Patron of CLIC Sargent.

European Tour Chief Executive George O’Grady replied on behalf of the Tour with Colum Egan, the Masters Distiller at Bushmills, also taking the floor to add a word of welcome.

The week continued with Barry McGuigan taking part in the Pro-Am tournament on Wednesday, partnering up with professional Ross Fisher.

Meanwhile 25-year-old Chris McKeown enjoyed a VIP caddie experience with PGA professional Michael Hoey. The day included access to the locker rooms, practice ranges and Chris accompanied Michael for the full 18 holes. Chris was supported by CLIC Sargent social workers after he was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma shortly before his 21st birthday.

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