Speaker for 22nd October 2019
Coleraine Probus and the 148th 'Open'
President, John McGlade warmly welcomed guest speaker, Philip Tweedie when he recently visited the club to talk about “The 148th Open Golf Championship”. Philip's presentation was part talk and part showing some special videos made to commemorate the event at the Royal Portrush Gulf Club, where Philip is the club captain. This was the second time the championship had been played at the club, the first being in 1951.
Philip started off his talk with a video, made by the 'The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews' (R&A), telling the history of the Open Golf Championships, and had a unique commentary by Eddie Butler. Philip then went on talk about the many people involved in the planning for the 148th Open at Portrush. Seeds were sown in 2005 with Frank Trufelli and The Royal Portrush Golf Council and continued in 2008 with the Championship Committee chaired by Tom Turner.
The success of our famous three local golfers, combined with political support at the highest level, culminated with the R&A Championship Committee announcing that the 2019 Open was coming to Portrush. It was to the credit to our Council and club members, that approval was given for the necessary alterations and preparation of the Dunluce Course under the direction of Course Architect Martin Ebert.
The excitement of the tournament atmosphere, was enhanced with the showing to club members two videos “A Family at the Open” and the “Tourism N.I. Promotional Video”. The latter aimed at tourists world-wide, showing our part of the world at its best, and helping to provide an economic benefit to the whole area. Sadly, for local fans, the weight of expectation was too heavy for our three golf heroes, but the disappointment was placated a little when Irishman Shane Lowry won the 'Claret Jug' at Portrush.
Following the outstanding success of the whole event, and despite the rather damp weather at times, it is certainly anticipated that 'The Open' will return to Portrush, and hopefully, sooner that the 68 years between it's last two appearances!
(Many thanks to Graham for his help with this report)
Portrush Golf Video 1, "A Day at the Open" (by the R&A). To view the video, 'Click' on the Club Logo below (this will open in a new window)
Portrush Golf Video 2, "We've come a long way" (by Tourism NI) To view the video, 'Click' on the little Logo below (this will open in a new window)