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Emirates Team Wins ProAm at 2015 Irish Open

Emirates Team Wins ProAm at 2015 Irish Open

Jonathan Millar, Bryan Somers Travel; Tom O’Donohoe, Strand Travel; and Jonathan Adair, Northern Ireland Travel News, played the Royal County Down course with England’s Andy Sullivan for Emirates – and won the ProAm competition at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open in Newcastle, Co Down.

They were presented with their trophies by Colm McGloughlin, Executive Vice Chairman (left) and George Horan, President (right), Dubai Duty Free.

ProAm winners Tom O’Donohoe, Strand Travel; Jonathan Millar, Bryan Somers Travel; and Jonathan Adair, Northern Ireland Travel News, celebrate with pints of… er, Murphy’s

ProAm winners Tom O’Donohoe, Strand Travel; Jonathan Millar, Bryan Somers Travel; and Jonathan Adair, Northern Ireland Travel News, celebrate with pints of… er, Murphy’s

The leaderboard shows their two-point winning margin at -18

The leader board shows their two-point winning margin at -18

Colm McGloughlin, Executive Vice Chairman, Dubai Duty Free, with Cormac O’Connell, Head of Aviation Business Development, daa

Colm McGloughlin, Executive Vice Chairman, Dubai Duty Free, with Cormac O’Connell, Head of Aviation Business Development, daa

Emirates hosted groups of agents on each day of the tournament in the airline’s usual exemplary style, with coaches from Dublin and with breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea laid on in the Sponsors’ Pavilion overlooking the 18th green.

Anita Thomas, Sales Manager Ireland, and Jane Masterson, PA to Country Manager, hosted Emirates’ guests at the Sponsors’ Pavilion

Anita Thomas, Sales Manager Ireland, and Jane Masterson, PA to Country Manager, hosted Emirates’ guests at the Sponsors’ Pavilion

The culinary delights included Northern Ireland toasted soda farl with eggs Florentine and medallions of beef or Belfast pancakes with butter and syrup for breakfast; Copeland Island fresh crab parcels, Portavogie prawns with Marie Rose sauce or medallions of Causeway prime dry-aged fillet beef; and Newcastle rhubarb and strawberry crumble or Irish artisan cheeses for lunch; and Irish tea brack, traybakes, Belfast 15 and chocolate brownies for afternoon tea.

Martin Penrose, If Only; Anita Thomas, Emirates; and Martin Skelly, Navan Travel

Martin Penrose, If Only; Anita Thomas, Emirates; and Martin Skelly, Navan Travel

In between, the guests did take strolls out on to the course to watch the play – although sunshine mixed with light showers were the order of the days.

David O’Hagan, Donabate Travel; Kirsty Olliver, Emirates; and Jane Kilkelly, IRFU

David O’Hagan, Donabate Travel; Kirsty Olliver, Emirates; and Jane Kilkelly, IRFU

John Devereux, Specialist Holiday Group Ireland, and Wayne Gough, Swissport

John Devereux, Specialist Holiday Group Ireland, and Wayne Gough, Swissport

Everyone, of course, was disappointed that Rory McIlroy played poorly on the first day and failed to make the cut on the second, but the event was sold out and the Rory Foundation (www.roryfoundation.com), the official charity for the 2015 Irish Open, will select the beneficiaries in conjunction with the European Tour.

BMW was displaying its new gull-wing plug-in hybrid i8 – a snip at £99,540 (€138,000)

BMW was displaying its new gull-wing plug-in hybrid i8 – a snip at £99,540 (€138,000)

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NEIL STEEDMAN has been a trade journalist, editor and proofreader for 53 years, and ITTN's News & Features Editor for 43 years. His travel blog is at www.thetravelbuddhist.com.

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