Flogas have joined forces with the Golfing Union of Ireland to become the new title sponsor of Ireland’s premier men’s amateur golf championship, the Flogas Irish Amateur Open Championship.
The Championship takes place at Royal Dublin Golf Club on May 5th to 8th and boasts a roll of honour that includes Major champions Padraig Harrington and South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen.
Flogas have agreed a three-year sponsorship deal, beginning with this year’s tournament at Royal Dublin and continuing into 2017 and 2018, when the Irish Amateur Open Championship will be staged at the world famous links at Royal County Down.
This is the company’s second major step into sport sponsorship having become the official energy partner of Cricket Ireland in 2015.
“We are excited to come on board as title sponsor for this great Championship,” said John Rooney, Flogas’ Managing Director in Ireland.
“Flogas has a long and rich tradition of supplying golf clubs and their members with LPG or Natural Gas requirements, so it felt right that we should invest something back in this great game.”
“We operate on an all-Ireland basis, just like the Golfing Union of Ireland, and we are the only energy company that can offer all the benefits of gas to our commercial customers, whether they are on or off the Natural Gas grid.”
A place has been held open in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at the K Club for the winner of this event to tee up later in May against Rory McIlroy and US Masters Champion Danny Willetts.
The numbers playing golf at amateur level dropped again in the latest edition of the Irish Sports Monitor but the social demographic of those who play the game remains at a very high level ensuring its attractiveness to sponsors including AIG and now Flogas.
“We are delighted to welcome Flogas on board as the new sponsor of Ireland’s leading amateur golf Championship.,” said Pat Finn, CEO of the Golfing Union of Ireland.
“The Irish Amateur Open Championship has gone from strength to strength since its re-introduction in 1995 and the support of Flogas will help the GUI to build on that success.”