A Senior R&A executive has praised organisational efforts behind July's Open Championship and local people's embrace of the event.
Executive director of corporate communications Karen Myers said staff from the Tourism NI, Royal Portrush Golf Club and the council were already fully fledged members of the ‘Open venue family’.
She was speaking at an event in Portrush Town Hall last Monday aimed at helping local businesses profit form next July's tournament.
Asked afterwards how local preparations were progressing compared to venues with experience of the world's biggest golf event, she said: “Absolutely all of our partners across all of the different agencies have been fantastic.
“It's been a great piece of teamwork.
“We've been so impressed about the fact the place is alive with excitement.
“The really important thing is that this as a showcase for Portrush and Causeway Coast and Glens that extends around the island of Ireland and the whole world.”
Ms Myers stressed the importance of building on the R&A's experience – a philosophy that led to fact-finding mission by council officials to the last two Opens in Royal Birkdale and Carnoustie.
She continued: “A huge amount of people within the R&A have got years and years of experience of running Opens.
“And what they make sure - because we work on a cycle of four years – is that the people who are involved in presenting an Open in two, three or four years time come with experience of other places.
“So people like Richard (Baker, Director of Leisure Services) from the council came to Birkdale and Carnoustie and they get to experience it first hand and there is a lot of sharing and best practice among the open venue family.”
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