Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Graeme McDowell

Northern Ireland golfer Graeme McDowell has become Europe's first US Open champion for 40 years after winning his first major title at Pebble Beach.  This is an outstanding achievement.

McDowell, was born in Portrush in 1979 and attended the University of Alabama from 1998 to 2002.  In 2002 he won the Haskins Award for the most outstanding collegiate golfer in the United States and in 2001 he was a member of the Great Britain and Ireland team that retained the Walker Cup at Sea Island in Georgia.  Graeme turned professional in 2002 and has enjoyed six wins on the European Tour to date.

Well done, Graeme! Northern Ireland is truly delighted!

Golf was introduced into Ulster in the late 19th century from Scotland by Thomas Sinclair, a remarkable man who was the leading Liberal Unionist of his day, the leading layman in the Presbyterian Church and the man who wrote the Ulster Covenant.  Today there is a very strong interest in golf in the province and we have magnificent courses such as Royal County Down, Royal Belfast and Royal Portrush, which are among the finest in the world.
This was a good weekend for some other Northern Ireland athletes and Coleraine's Richard Chambers won a gold medal for rowing at the World Cup regatta in Munich.

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