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The 15th IGTOA National Golf Tourism Conference & 2012 "Gala Irish Golf Awards"

NATIONAL IRISH GOLF INDUSTRY HONOURS RYDER CUP DIRECTOR RICHARD HILLS AT THE 2012 “GALA IRISH GOLF AWARDS”

Ryder Cup Director and Senior European Tour Official Mr. Richard Hills was recognised for the pivotal role he has played in Irish Golf over a period of over twenty nine years with the European Tour at the 2012 “Gala Irish Golf Awards” by the National Irish Golf Tourism Industry last night at Lough Erne Resort, in Co. Fermanagh.

Richard Hills is presented with the 2012 IGTOA Jerry Donworth Outstanding Contribution to Golf Award
Richard Hills is presented with the “2012 IGTOA Jerry Donworth Outstanding Contribution to Golf Award”.
Minister Arlene Foster, Ryder Cup Director Richard Hills, Gerry O’Keefe Waterford Crystal and IGTOA Member & MD JD Golf Tours, Kyra Donworth.

Ms. Arlene Foster, Minister for Enterprise Trade & Investment wished to congratulate Mr. Richard Hills and all the award winners who have received national accolades on the night:

Arlene Foster said: “These awards celebrate the great achievements of those who play a pivotal role in golf. I want to congratulate Richard Hills, Royal Portrush Golf Club, Michael Moss and all of the other award winners on their prestigious achievements.”

“2012 has been a monumental year for Northern Ireland golf, with the sell out success of the Irish Open Championship at Portrush, which achieved record attendance in the history of European Tour Events. ”

“Our local golfers continue to do us proud, while raising Northern Ireland’s profile around the world. Rory McIlroy became world number one, after winning the US PGA Championship, followed by the Duetsche Bank Championship and most recently the BMW Championship in Indiana. Darren Clarke was Vice-Captain for the successful European Ryder Cup team, Alan Dunbar became the British Amateur Champion and Stephanie Meadow won the 2012 British Ladies Amateur Championship.”

Lough Erne General Manager Ferghal Purcell hosts VIP Guests at the 2012 Gala Irish Golf Awards at Lough Erne Resort, 22nd October 2012
Lough Erne General Manager Ferghal Purcell hosts VIP Guests at the 2012 Gala Irish Golf Awards at Lough Erne Resort, 22nd October 2012.
George O’Grady, CEO European Tour, Denis Kane, IGTOA Chairman, Minister for Enterprise, Trade & Investment Ms. Arlene Foster, Wendy McChesney, Chair, Fermanagh Lakelands Tourism, Thomas O’Reilly, Chairman, Fermanagh District Council, John Martin, CEO, Waterways Ireland, Robert Gibson, Fermanagh District Council and Ferghal Purcell, General Manager, Lough Erne Resort.

“Northern Ireland is not only home to the world’s best golfer but it is also home to some of the world’s finest golf courses. The IGTOA conference is a great opportunity to stimulate new business for golf tourism as we want to encourage golf enthusiasts to come to Northern Ireland, so they can experience at first-hand that there is much to see and do here.”

The 2012 “Gala Irish Golf Awards” was attended by a host of international sporting celebrities such as Barry McGuigan, Pat Jennings, Mike Gibson, David Humphries, Jack Kyle, Peter Canavan and was hosted by CNN Living Golf Presenter Shane O'Donoghue.

The event was supported by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board as Title Sponsors and was attended by representatives from leading international golf and tourism organisations such as Fáilte Ireland, Tourism Ireland, the European Tour, the Ladies European Tour, IAGTO and the Irish Region of the PGA.

The very best companies in the Irish Golf industry received accolades on the night with winners in the hotel, golf course and golf resort categories. The companies accepting awards on the night were:

Killarney Royal Hotel   2012 IGTOA Boutique Golf Hotel of the Year Award
The Shelbourne Hotel   2012 IGTOA Large Golf Hotel of the Year Award
Mount Juliet   2012 IGTOA Parkland Golf Course of the Year Award
Royal Portrush Golf Club   2012 IGTOA Links Golf Course of the Year Award
Carton House   2012 IGTOA Golf Resort of the Year Award
Michael Moss, Portstewart   2012 IGTOA Golf Manager of the Year Award

The event is run each year by the Ireland Golf Tour Operator Association (IGTOA) which is an organisation that is pro-active in the promotion, growth and development of the National Irish Golf Tourism Industry.


The Faldo Championship Course (7,167 yards Par 72)

  • Designed by Six time Major winner Nick Faldo, his first golf course design in Ireland
  • A Spectacular setting, nestled on a private 600 acre peninsula between Lower Lough Erne & Castle Hume Lough
  • A Course where you will remember, every Hole, every Shot . Stunning views from every vantage point and the Waters of the Lough in Play on 11 holes
  • Links like Fairways on a truly exceptional Inland Course
  • Superb All Year Round Playing Conditions
  • Golfers and those enjoying The Collop Walk can enjoy a light bite at  The Halfway House situated behind the ninth Green, with stunning views over Lower Lough Erne
  • Awards & recognition
  • The Faldo Championship Course Scorecard
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