Michael is no stranger to Galgorm as he lives less than 30 minutes from one of Northern Ireland’s standout championship venues. He and his wife Bev enjoy a great working relationship with Galgorm Castle through Michael’s role as tournament ambassador at the 2013 Northern Ireland Open.
The link with Galgorm is a natural fit, for like the Ballymena venue, Michael’s story has been a progressive one. The Amateur Championship and Walker Cup success in 2001 were early indicators of his prodigious talent. However, after joining the professional game a number of seasons were spent cutting his teeth in the lower ranks before making his mark on the main European Tour.
Hoey’s most recent European Tour win came at last season’s Russian Open in Moscow. The dominant manner of his four shot victory further illustrated he is the type of player who knows how to get the job done when in contention. This season he will strive for greater consistency in a bid to climb the world rankings and hasn’t ruled out playing in the Ryder Cup one day.
“We are delighted Michael will represent Galgorm Castle on tour and promote one of Northern Ireland’s top destinations, we feel Michael is the perfect ambassador to profile Galgorm Castle on the international stage. Michael has retained his close connections with Northern Ireland and we look forward to supporting him as his career develops.” (Gary Henry, Managing Director, Galgorm Castle).
Residence: Northern Ireland
Turned Pro: 2002 (plus 3)
European Tour wins (5)
2013: M2M Russian Open
2012: Tropheé Hassan II
2011: Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, Madeira Islands Open
2009: Estoril Open de Portugal
European Challenge Tour (3)
2008: Banque Populaire Moroccan Classic
2007: Tessali-Metaponto Open di Pugila e Basilicata
2005: BA CA Open
2001: Amatuer Champion & Walker Cup winning team