Waterford Crystal Announced As Official Sponsor of 2011 Irish Open

Waterford Crystal, one of the leading global brands in premium crystal, is announced as an Official Sponsor of the 2011 Irish Open, to be played at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club, Co. Kerry, from July 28-31. An iconic Irish brand, with strong connections to the game of golf over many decades, producing numerous trophies for top class tournaments around the world, Waterford Crystal are set to put their unique stamp on Ireland’s national Open.

As well as joining the family of event sponsors, a new bespoke Irish Open trophy has been commissioned and will be presented to the player who succeeds 2010 winner England’s Ross Fisher as the champion on Sunday July 31. Additionally, Waterford Crystal will provide the prizes for one of the highlights of the week, the pre-tournament Pro-Am competition, while the glittering new trophy and a selection of Waterford Crystal’s superb range of products will be on display in the Tented Village at Killarney.

Gerry O’Keeffe, Waterford Crystal Sports Manager, said: “Waterford Crystal have a long tradition of providing hand crafted trophies to major sporting events around the world, including tennis, Formula 1, sailing and especially golf.  We are, therefore, particularly delighted to continue our relationship with The Irish Open and the European Tour.”

James Finnigan, Commercial Director of The Irish Open for The European Tour, said: “The European Tour has enjoyed a close association with Waterford Crystal over many years, and we are delighted to welcome an iconic and recognisable Irish company supporting the Irish Open.”