Castledawson golfer Chris Selfridge to turn professional

Final day at the North of Ireland Championship in Royal Portrush Golf Club, Co Antrim.'Winner Chris Selfridge from Moyola. Photo- Presseye.com
Final day at the North of Ireland Championship in Royal Portrush Golf Club, Co Antrim.'Winner Chris Selfridge from Moyola. Photo- Presseye.com

Twenty three year old Castledawson golfer Chris Selfridge has announced that he is to turn professional.

The two time North of Ireland champion, former east of Ireland and Amateur Close winner, has decided to take the paid ranks once he has graduated from Toledo University in Ohio next month.

Final day at the North of Ireland Championship 2014 in Royal Portrush Golf Club, Co Antrim.'Winner Chris Selfridge from Moyola. Photo: Presseye

Final day at the North of Ireland Championship 2014 in Royal Portrush Golf Club, Co Antrim.'Winner Chris Selfridge from Moyola. Photo: Presseye

He will get up to seven invitations in the European Challenge Tour 2015. Chris stated that he was excited at the challenge ahead and had been delighted to represent Ireland in the amateur game for the past eight years. He went on to say “ that he was forever grateful to the golfing union of Ireland for all their help and support”.

Of course, the news has came as no surprise to fellow members at Moyola Park Golf Club who have recgonised, from a very young age, and followed his progress more recently, the great talent and commitment shown by Chris.

In March, he secured victory in the prestigious Talis Park Challenge and in recent weeks, shot a 12 under par to finish 3rd in the Azalea Invitational held in Charlestown, USA. His latest outing, at the NYX Hoosier Invitational in Indiana, saw him finish 5th, and also record the lowest score of the competition with a superb 66. He had three rounds of 72, 66 and 74 for 212, which was just five shots behind the winner. All this helped Chris move up to 98th in the world amateur rankings, and no less than into 6th place in Ireland.

While his loss to the amateur game is a great one, the prospect of seeing the Castledawson golfer compete with professionals, is exciting to say the least. His fellow members and friends at Moyola Park, the community in general, and all involved in the game, wish Chris Selfridge every success in his chosen career!

In March, he secured victory in the prestigious Talis Park Challenge

Photograph by Stephen Hamilton/Presseye�Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 13th July 2013'Mandatory Credit - Picture by Stephen Hamilton/Presseye.com''CHRIS SELFRIDGE WINS CATHEDRAL EYE NORTH OF IRELAND CHAMPIONSHIP'Chris Selfridge from Moyola Park Golf Club is pictured with sponsor, Andrew Spence from Cathedral Eye Clinic as he wins the North of Ireland Amateur Championship. Chris took the title from Rory McNamara who was the defending champion at Royal Portrush this week. Speaking of this week's event Andrew Spence said, "This was our first year sponsoring the North of Ireland Championship and it was a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase the Clinic's offering against the backdrop of top class golf. I would like to pass on my congratulations to Chris and I look forward to working with the Golfing Union of Ireland Ulster Branch throughout the rest of the season."'''Chris Selfridge Winner

Photograph by Stephen Hamilton/Presseye�Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 13th July 2013'Mandatory Credit - Picture by Stephen Hamilton/Presseye.com''CHRIS SELFRIDGE WINS CATHEDRAL EYE NORTH OF IRELAND CHAMPIONSHIP'Chris Selfridge from Moyola Park Golf Club is pictured with sponsor, Andrew Spence from Cathedral Eye Clinic as he wins the North of Ireland Amateur Championship. Chris took the title from Rory McNamara who was the defending champion at Royal Portrush this week. Speaking of this week's event Andrew Spence said, "This was our first year sponsoring the North of Ireland Championship and it was a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase the Clinic's offering against the backdrop of top class golf. I would like to pass on my congratulations to Chris and I look forward to working with the Golfing Union of Ireland Ulster Branch throughout the rest of the season."'''Chris Selfridge Winner