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From The Dark Hedges into NI Open spotlight

Thursday, 13 July 2017

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THE Galgorm Resort & Spa Northern Ireland Open, presented by Modest! Golf, possesses plenty of heritage but the tournament's official trophy gives it a good run for its money with its own intriguing back story and tip of the hat to some of Northern Ireland's most iconic landmarks.
Such a distinctive trophy is the brainchild of Fergus Wallace, founder and chief executive of PerformanceACTIVE, the NI Open's Official Technology Partner, who are currently working on the latest edition of the NI Open app.
“Although we work closely with all the latest technologies, PerformanceACTIVE's strengths are in the design and development of innovative products and services that have meaning and are somewhat different," explains Wallace.
“I gave myself the challenge of coming up with a trophy design that reflected the ethos and character of Northern Ireland. I also wanted the design to be innovative and different to reflect the new format created by the European Tour and others for this event," adds Wallace referring to the new Shootout Sunday knockout format for this year's NI Open (August 10-13).
It was at this point Wallace approached local wood tuner Gerard Grey, who has an involvement with The Dark Hedges landmark, the mysterious tunnel-like avenue of beech trees near Ballymoney famous for their use in Game of Thrones before Storm Gertrude made its mark in January 2016.
The upshot of several 18th century beech trees being uprooted by strong winds that night meant Grey was given a rare opportunity to harvest and craft the sacred wood.
*Read the full story in this week's Chronicle

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