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Portrush passes first Open hurdle
31 Aug 2014 14:02
Royal Portrush has passed the first hurdle in plans to upgrade its courses and bring back the Open Championship by 2019.
A special meeting of members voted overwhelmingly in favour of the first redevelopment of the world-renowned links in the 63 years since it hosted the major tournament.
Only two of the 237 who attended the Magherabuoy Hotel in Portrush on Friday refused to back the plans in a show of hands, with insiders suggesting the opponents - two men from one family and in their 30s - were voting against it for a bet or a joke.
Philip Tweedie, a past captain and current member of the club's tournament committee, said there was a feeling of excitement about the progress.
"We always wanted to have a unanimous decision as much as possible so there was unity in the club and we think that is what we have achieved," he said.

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