3 is becoming the magic number for golf as the global telecommunications giant today confirmed their sponsorship of the Irish Women’s Open Strokeplay Championship at Douglas Golf Club, 20 – 21 June 2009.

The announcement follows the telecommunication company’s recent commitment to a three year sponsorship of the men’s professional Irish Open, to be held at Co. Louth in mid May.

Chief Executive of the ILGU, Sinéad Heraty, believes the deal with 3 will provide a welcome boost to the support of elite women’s golf in Ireland. “The 3 Irish Women’s Open Strokeplay will ensure a top-class overseas entry for this year’s Championship. With the number of international players increasing each year, our own home players get the opportunity to compete with Europe’s best and grow their International experience. We are delighted to welcome 3 as a major sponsor of top level women’s amateur golf”.

Last year’s winner Breanne Loucks, from Wales, beat Scotland’s Roseanne Niven by 3 shots with thirteen year old twin Lisa Maguire finishing in third place. Loucks has since secured her Ladies European Tour card entitling her to full playing rights on the LET for the 2009 season.

3 is a brand name under which several mobile phone networks are operated in Australia, Austria, Denmark, Hong Kong and Macau, Indonesia, Italy, Sweden, the UK and, for the past three years, in Ireland, where 3 recently tendered the winning bid for a multi-million-dollar deal to bring broadband coverage to Ireland’s remotest areas.