Leading Belfast-based provider b4b Group has been announced as the Official IT and Telecoms Partner of the ISPS HANDA World Invitational presented by Modest! Golf.

It is the first tri-sanctioned event between the European Tour, LPGA and LET to take place in the northern hemisphere and the US$3 million event gets underway from next Wednesday (July 28) with the celebrity Pro-ams at Galgorm and Massereene.

This innovative event has two separate tournaments (144 men and 144 women), who will compete on the same courses at the same time and for two equal prize funds.

Star names are confirmed for the men’s and women’s draws with the likes of former Major winner Georgia Hall and Solheim Cup teammate Charley Hull in the women’s field, plus last year’s Irish Open winner John Catlin, Eddie Pepperell, ‘The Bullet’ Marcus Armitage and Northern Ireland’s recent tour winner Jonny Caldwell.

Northern Ireland’s rising stars Olivia Mehaffey and Tom McKibbin will also feature in what will be a welcome return to live golf in Northern Ireland with full coverage also on Sky Sports.

Thomas O’Hagan, CEO, b4b Group said: “It is a pleasure to sponsor the ISPS HANDA World Invitational as we continue our association with Galgorm Castle as a long-time supporter of the Northern Ireland Open at the venue.

“As Official IT and Telecoms Partner, b4b Group will be responsible for the digital infrastructure, connectivity and WiFi necessary the smooth operation of the event, whether it is out on the course, in the village or media facilities distributing the event over the globe.

“Our approach to the event will be the same as any other project we work on, bringing our commitment to meticulous detail and our dedication to ensuring delivery of robust services that can be relied upon around the clock.

“Like all sports fans, we’re really excited to see a return of high-profile live sport to these shores and look forward to playing our part in making it happen.”

Ross Oliver, ISPS HANDA World Invitational Operations Director, said: “We are delighted to have b4b Group’s continued support for this year’s ISPS HANDA World Invitational. This year’s event will be very special with men and women competing together once more.

“There is so much great activity around the sites and b4b are key partners for us. Through their knowledge and expertise we are able to put all the necessary infrastructure and support in place to host such a world class tournament.”

Founded in 2010, b4b Group provides fully integrated managed IT services to a growing customer base across the UK and Ireland.

With clients across the private and public sectors, b4b Group works with organisations across multiple industries from retail, sports associations and stadia, manufacturers, hotel and hospitality, health providers to business, enterprise parks, and beyond.

The company works with a suite of global partners including household names such as Samsung and Microsoft to provide a range of services covering all aspects of IT and telecommunications.

For further information about b4b Group and how it may help your business, visit www.b4bgroup.ie