A golfing mad student has carried out his college dissertation on the Irish Open which kicks off in Royal Portrush tomorrow.
Well-known Carrigart estate agent Louis Boyce is so in love with golf that he completed his Masters in Business Development and Innovation dissertation on the competition at the University of Ulster in Jordanstown.
Louis, 48, studied why Ireland has been so successful at golf in recent years and why Portrush was chosen to host the Irish Open – the first time since 1947.
“It’s a complete study of the event and I really enjoyed doing it. Of course it’s not finished yet.
“I travelled to a lot of courses to study what they do and to find out what makes them successful.
“It was fascinating to get behind all the work that goes on behind staging such a huge tournament,” he said.
Louis is no mean golfer himself as he plays off 8 and has even had no less than three hole-in-ones in his amateur playing career.
Playing against the likes of Graham McDowell, Darren Clarke and Rory McIlroy would be a dream come true for Louis who travels to the event on Sunday.
“I think that would be every golf fan’s dream but it will probably never happen to me.
“Writing about them and the events is probably about as near as I’ll ever get. I just hope they can help me get my Masters,” he laughed
With more than 100,000 people set to descend upon Royal Portrush for the four day event, the event will cost more than €2.5 million to stage.