Dooks was the venue yesterday for the Munster staging of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Pro-Am qualifier. Close to 30 teams from clubs all over Munster took part in the fourball competition. The top four clubs have qualified for the final which takes place in The K Club in two weeks. Tony O’Donovan and Cathy McGuinness from Fernhill combined for a winning 43 points to finish first on the day. Fota Island’s Anthony O’Connor and Pauline McKechnie took fourth place with 41 points to also book their place in the final. Tipperary and Killarney were the other qualifiers.
The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Club Challenge is one of the key elements of Rory McIlroy’s ‘five point plan’ to encourage golf clubs to help make this year’s Irish Open one of the best yet. The theme for this year’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club (May 19-22) is ‘History in the Making’ and that will certainly be the case on May 18 when, for the first time ever, one lucky club team lines up to play alongside a top golfer in the prestigious Pro-Am competition. The European Tour and Irish Open title-sponsor Dubai Duty Free has kindly donated one of its own Pro-Am team spaces for the competition.
1st: Fernhill Golf Club
Tony O’Donovan H/Cap 9 – Cathy McGuiness H/Cap 18 43 Pts
2nd: Tipperary Golf Club
Sean Jackson H/Cap 7 – Renagh Murphy H/Cap 9 42Pts (B9)
3rd: Killarney Golf & Fishing Club
Denny Lyons H/Cap 7 – Breda Duggan H/Cap 22 42 Pts
4th: Fota Island Golf Club
Anthony O’Connor H/Cap 5 – Pauline J McKechnie H/Cap 17 41Pts (B9)