First of its kind event in northern hemisphere
DATE FOR YOUR DIARY: August 11-14, 2022 (ISPS HANDA World Invitational presented by Modest! Golf)
The 2021 ISPS HANDA World Invitational presented by Modest! Golf broke new ground as the first event of its kind in the northern hemisphere. The US$3 million event is tri-sanctioned event between the European Tour, LPGA Tour and Ladies European Tour.
Two separate tournaments (144 men and 144 women), competed on the same courses (Galgorm and Massereene) at the same time and for two equal prize funds of US$1.5 million. A stunning week culminated with England's Daniel Given's coming from six strokes behind to win the men's tournament, while Thailand's Pajaree Anannarukarn won from a dramatic play-off with American Emma Talley.
Embracing the Title Sponsor's ethos of The Power of Sport, the 2021 even also staged the first. ISPS HANDA World Disability Invitational hosted by Brendan Lawlor. The Irish golfer went on to win the event and subsequently moved to number one in the EDGA World Rankings. Another remarkable occasion saw disability golfer Amy Bockerstette get invited over from the United States to hit the tournament's opening tee shot and spend the week in Northern Ireland.
The inaugural event in 2019 saw home favourite Stephanie Meadow return to home soil to record a very special win alongside the men’s winner Jack Senior from England. Tournament golf has been played at Galgorm Castle for over a decade, including the 2020 Dubai uty Free Irish Open on the European Tour. Previous to the World Invitational, the NI Open was staged at Galgorm every year and broke all attendance records on the European Challenge Tour.