28 March 2022




The TopGolfer Tour is fuelled by some incredible companies, no more so than its title partner Flogas, who have renewed their sponsorship of the TopGolfer Tour.

To launch the 2022 Flogas Order of Merit, reigning Order of Merit Champion Michael Stewart from Rockmount GC, visited Flogas Headquarters along with Dermot Synnott (Tour Director) and John Rooney (Managing Director, Flogas). With two Tour Championships and three Order of Merits under his belt, it was fitting that Ireland’s most successful TopGolfer Tour player ever was the first person to lift the new Flogas Order of Merit Trophy.

Speaking on the new trophy, Dermot Synnott said “The journey to find a bog oak trophy started in late 2021, when we came across a farmer in Co. Longford who has been sculpting bog oak from his farmland for numerous years. We believe strongly in sustainability, as do our partners in Flogas, so we were thrilled to find this 6000-year-old piece of Bog Oak and the right sculptor to handcraft the new piece”.

The Bog Oak is dug from the Great Oak Forest that covered a large area of Ireland five to six thousand years ago. Bog Oak is a rare timber, which is excavated from deep underground, usually as a by-product of turf cutting, or land drainage. The wood has been preserved due to the unique conditions of the turf bogs, which waterlog the wood and keep it free from sunlight and oxygen, which would cause it to decay. The chemistry of the bog also reacts with the wood and transforms its colour. When the wood is brought to the surface it petrifies becoming a deep black and almost steel hard. The Bog lands of Ireland and County Longford, (where this Bog Oak originates) are a vast treasure trove for a unique material more ancient than the Pyramids of Egypt that has been naturally preserved for thousands of years.

Speaking on the new Trophy, John Rooney commented: “This timber is inextricably linked with Irish history and is one of the more majestic woods used in wood sculpture. It has taken five months to reach this point and the sculptor has done an incredible job. I know golfers nationwide will be battling hard on the TopGolfer Tour to win this year’s Flogas Order of Merit, so to have a trophy like this for a National Champion is very special”.

The TopGolfer Tour will begin on 24 April 2022 at Rosslare Links. View the full schedule and purchase your Flogas OOM membership via or follow us on social media @topgolfertour

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Bog Oak that stood for hundreds of years in the ancient world,

lying for thousands of years in the mother earth,

and re-born into the modern world, as a beautiful sculpture.