Ruaidhri McGee and Cormac Sharvin (above) will take their pro golf careers to another level this week having secured invitations to take part in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open through the Team Ireland partnership between the Confederation of Irish Golf and Sport Ireland.
Their path to Ballyliffin was through receiving invites as being in the highest playing category among Team Ireland Golf members not already in the field.
McGee, 27, and Sharvin, 25, are regulars on the European Challenge Tour where they both have playing rights.
As the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open is part of the Rolex Series on the European Tour, McGee and Sharvin will be playing for a share of the $7m prize pot at Ballyliffin.
Last year Team Ireland’s Gavin Moynihan picked up a cheque for €84,505 after carding a final round 64 at Portstewart to finish inside the top 15.
“Sport Ireland is delighted to have secured two starts for Ruaidhri McGee and Cormac Sharvin this week,” said Sport Ireland CEO John Treacy.
“They have shown themselves to be two of Ireland’s brightest golfing talents, and competing in a very strong field will be extremely beneficial to their continued development.”
“Sport Ireland supports Team Ireland Golf to ensure Ireland continues to produce world-class golfers long into the future.”
“For our emerging professionals who have limited playing opportunities on the European Tour, an invitation to an event as prestigious as the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open is extremely valuable,” added Des Smyth, Team Leader of Team Ireland Golf.
“Cormac Sharvin and Ruaidhri McGee will have the chance to test themselves against the very best and most importantly, they can earn significant prize money and world ranking points – which are the two things that matter most for a professional golfer.”
“Without the support of Sport Ireland, players like Cormac and Ruaidhri would not get this opportunity. I am grateful to Sport Ireland for their commitment to Team Ireland Golf.”
“Playing invitations received by Team Ireland Golf are essential for our players to progress in their professional careers,” said Redmond O’Donoghue, Chairman of the Board of the Confederation of Golf in Ireland.
“One good week, particularly at an event of the scale and magnitude of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, can be transformative for any player.”