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Niall Horan's new golf partnership

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Niall Horan's new golf partnership

Niall Horan's golf management company has been announced as a partner for the upcoming Northern Ireland Open.

The One Direction singer, and keen amateur golfer, will bring his company, Modest! Golf Management, to Galgorm Castle Golf Club in Antrim, Northern Ireland in July to scout the "next generation of golfers".

Niall, 22, said: "The next generation of golfers is a huge focus for us as a business. You only need to look at the history of the Challenge Tour to see the calibre of player it produces. We are hugely excited to be official partners to the NI Open and welcome some amazing golf talent from across the world to participate".

The NI Open is part of the European Challenge Tour's international schedule, which is on the second tier of men's professional golf in Europe.

Director of Modest! Golf Management Mark McDonnell said: "Modest Golf are delighted to be working with the Challenge Tour and Galgorm on this event. We are excited to come to Northern Ireland; a country that continues to produce some of the best players in the world".

The NI Open takes place at Galgorm Castle from July 28-31.

It was revealed earlier this year that sports mad Niall was using the One Direction hiatus to focus on the new player management firm, which was set up with the band's management company Modest.

A source said: "It's well known Niall loves golf and has been learning from the best out on tour with Rory McIlroy. Now he wants to discover exciting new players and give them his backing.

"Mark McDonnell is an absolute legend in the industry and will help him with endorsement. It's early days but he's committed."