• Pop superstar to tee it up in Celebrity Pro-Am ahead of innovative event
  • Tournament brings together some of the best players in men’s and women’s golf
  • Past champion Stephanie Meadow also set to play on home soil

International superstar Niall Horan, who rose to fame as a member of boyband One Direction, will return to County Antrim in August to take part in the Pro-Am at the ISPS Handa World Invitational presented by Modest! Golf Management.

The Irishman will tee it up on Wednesday August 10 for the curtain-raiser ahead of the innovative ISPS Handa World Invitational, which brings together some of the best players in the men’s and women’s game, with a DP World Tour tournament and co-sanctioned LPGA Tour and Ladies European Tour event played concurrently over two courses from August 11-14.

Horan has more recently built a successful career as a solo artist, and also founded Modest! Golf Management, the presenting sponsor of the tournament which will be played across Galgorm Castle and Massereene Golf Clubs.

The tournament will also host the G4D Tour, which brings together the world’s best golfers with disabilities. Last year, Modest! Golf player Brendan Lawlor secured an emotional victory at Galgorm – a win which moved him to the top of the World Ranking for Golfers with Disability (WR4GD) for the first time.

“I’m really looking forward to returning to County Antrim later this year,” said Horan. “It’s no secret that I love golf and all of us at Modest! are proud to have the opportunity to work with the DP World Tour, the LPGA Tour and the Ladies European Tour along with title sponsor ISPS HANDA once again for this event.

“It was great fun last year and it was great to see men and women playing on the golf course at the same time and for equal prize money. Pro-Ams are always great a family day out and I’m excited to see the crowds come out in support of the tournament.”

Tickets for the Pro-Am and all four tournament days are available here, with a season ticket available for all five days of action at Galgorm Castle and Massereene Golf Clubs.

Joining Leona Maguire, Ireland’s first-ever winner on the LPGA Tour, in the women’s competition will be Northern Irishwoman Stephanie Meadow, who won the 2019 edition of this event, and Germany’s Olivia Cowen, who earned a place on the LPGA Tour in 2022 through qualifying school.

“I can’t wait to get back to Galgorm for the ISPS HANDA World Invitational in August,” said Meadow, who grew up in Jordanstown, less than an hour from Galgorm. “I have great memories of winning there in 2019 and look forward to playing in front of the home fans once more. 

“I was so disappointed when I couldn’t compete last year due to schedule clashes and playing in the Olympics. 

“To play alongside the men will be really fun and I’m looking forward to seeing the recent changes to the golf course too. It’s a dream come true to have an official LPGA Tour event on home soil and the World Invitational has come a long way to become a $3 million tri-sanctioned event between the LPGA Tour, the Ladies European Tour and the DP World Tour.”

In the men’s competition, DP World Tour winners Guido Migliozzi and Ewen Ferguson are set to tee it up alongside Daniel Gavins, who will be defending the title he won in fine fashion last year after carding a seven under par final round 65.

Italian Migliozzi is a two-time winner on the DP World Tour, while Ferguson earned his first professional victory at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters earlier this season.

“I’m excited to tee it up in Northern Ireland again,” said Migliozzi. “One of my first appearances as a professional was actually at Galgorm Castle on the European Challenge Tour, so it will be nice to go back and reflect on how far I’ve come as a player in the last six years.

“The format for the week gives spectators a great opportunity to support the male and female competitors at the same time, and we all know that the women’s game deserves just as much of a platform as the men’s, so it’s fantastic what Modest! are doing with this event.”

To purchase tickets for the ISPS Handa World Invitational presented by Modest! Golf Management, taking place at Galgorm Castle and Massereene Golf Clubs from August 10-14, click here.