The JP McManus Invitational Pro-Am, featuring the world’s top golfers, will take place at the Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Resort on July 5 and 6, 2005, it has been confirmed.
The most recent pro-am, held in 2000, attracted leading professional golfers from all over the world, including Tiger Woods, Mark O’Meara, David Duval, Robert Allenby and Stuart Appleby as well as Ireland’s Ryder Cup heroes Padraig Harrington, Darren Clarke and Paul McGinley.
The 2005 pro-am is set to attract the sport’s biggest names as it takes place nine days before the start of the British Open at St Andrew’s.
Professionals on both sides of the Atlantic are likely to use the event as part of their build-up to the year’s third Major Championship.
A host of sports stars also played in the event, including soccer managers Alex Ferguson and Martin O’Neill, Grand Prix supremo Eddie Jordan, former rugby star Keith Wood and TV presenter, Gary Lineker.
The first JP McManus Invitational Pro-Am was played at Limerick Golf Club in 1990, again in 1995 and in the millennium year, 2000.
The primary aim of the pro-am event is to raise much-needed funds for the Hospice and people with disabilities in the Limerick region.
All monies raised go entirety to the charities.
Over 30 charities in the mid-west have benefited from previous pro-ams, including Charleville & District Association for the Handicapped, Mid Western Hospitals Trust, Milford Hospice, Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, the Brothers of Charity and Limerick Youth Service.
The Adare Manor course is designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. The course boasts three lakes, including a 14-acre lake anchoring the front nine.
Set amid magnificent mature trees, the Maigue River meanders throughout the back nine creating challenges on the par three 11th, the par four 15th and the par five 18th.
The build-up to the 2005 Invitational Pro-Am is underway with each of the major charities holding qualifying tournaments.
These qualifying tournaments are also fundraisers, with proceeds from each event going to finance
the winning team’s entry into the pro-am itself.
The incentive for qualifying tournament participants is to become the winners with the exciting prospect of teaming up with any of the many professionals playing in the pro-am.
The pro-am operates an open draw, so any participating team could be drawn to play with one of the world’s top players in July of next year.
Already, a number of world-class players have been contacted and have expressed an interest in playing.