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Friday, January 16, 2009

Telecommunications giant "3" to sponsor Irish

women's open amateur stroke-play championship

3 is becoming the magic number for golf as the global telecommunications giant today confirmed their sponsorship of this year's Irish women’s open amateur stroke-play championship at Douglas Golf Club on June 20 and 21.
The announcement follows the telecommunication company’s recent commitment to a three- year sponsorship of the men’s professional Irish Open, to be held at Co. Louth in mid-May.
Chief Executive of the ILGU, Sinéad Heraty, believes the deal with 3 will provide a welcome boost to the support of elite women’s golf in Ireland.
“The 3 Irish Women’s Open Stroke-play will ensure a top-class overseas entry for this year’s championship. With the number of international players increasing each year, our own home players get the opportunity to compete with Europe’s best and grow their international experience. We are delighted to welcome 3 as a major sponsor of top level women’s amateur golf”.
Rachel Channing, PR and Communications Director at 3 said: "We're delighted to sponsor the Irish Women’s Open Strokeplay Championship - ladies' golf is a vibrant and growing sport and we're pleased to support a first-class ladies' tournament."
Last year’s winner Breanne Loucks, from Wales, beat Scotland’s Roseanne Niven by three shots with 13-year-old twin Lisa Maguire finishing in third place. Loucks this week secured her Ladies European Tour card, entitling her to full playing rights on the LET for the 2009 season.
3 is a brand name under which several mobile phone networks are operated in Australia, Austria, Denmark, Hong Kong and Macau, Indonesia, Italy, Sweden, the UK and, for the past three years, in Ireland, where 3 recently tendered the winning bid for a multi-million-dollar deal to bring Broadband coverage to Ireland's remotest areas.