Schoolkids get the chance to bring famed Claret Jug into the classroom

The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open may have migrated north for this year’s prestigious European Tour event but while the tournament heads to Royal County Down next month, schoolchildren up and down the country have a chance to bring the winners’ trophy and the Open’s famed Claret Jug to their classroom.

Schoolkids get the chance to bring famed Claret Jug into the classroom

Organised by The European Tour and the Rory Foundation, the inaugural Irish Open Trophy Tour competition will give four lucky schools across the island of Ireland an opportunity to host a visit from the Irish Open Trophy.

Not only that, but going along with it will be perhaps the greatest golfing trophy of them all, the famous Claret Jug, which is presented to the winner of The Open Championship, the world’s oldest golf championship, currently taking pride of place in world number one Rory McIlroy’s trophy cabinet.

The prizes don’t stop there either, with competition winners also getting an insight into the life of a professional golfer from Des Smyth, Dubai Duty Free golf ambassador and vice-captain of the victorious 2014 Ryder Cup team at Gleneagles, the chance to participate in a Q&A session with European Tour, Rory Foundation & Royal County Down representatives and get a fun introduction to golf through the Confederation of Golf in Ireland (CGI) ‘Golf Awareness Clinic’.

What’s more, the four lucky winners will receive tickets for their class and family to the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Pro Am and a VIP tour at the Pro Am to meet some of the world’s top golfers.

Supported by the CGI, the competition invites children aged between nine and 15 to tell the European Tour why their class or school deserves a visit from these two prestigious trophies.

To enter, schoolchildren should simply send an email to trophytour@irishopen.ie  outlining in no more than 250 words why their class or school deserves to win this unique and historic prize – clearly stating their name, age, address and school.

Closing date for entries is Thursday, April 30 with the prize to be taken between May 4 and 15.

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