Kinsale PGA Professionals Ger Broderick and Ian Stafford face a tough challenge later this month as they will take on John Murphy and Cathal Butler in the “Pro-Shop Challenge”. The event takes place at Kinsale Golf Club on Monday 22nd August and the event is a fundraiser for the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria next year.
The idea came from Ian Stafford who’s nephew Darragh Ryan is a volunteer with Special Olympics. Ian explained how the event came about: “I volunteered time as a golf coach with the Special Olympics in the past so I personally know that is a worthy cause. It was my idea to have the charity match and Ger, John and Cathal all jumped at the opportunity to participate for such a worthy cause, I haven’t heard of something like this been staged locally before so I thought it might be something different and may peak some interest for the golf fan.”
The format for the day will be a fourball better ball strokeplay match over 18 holes between the 2 professionals in the club, Ger Broderick and Ian Stafford against the reining Munster Strokeplay and Fota Scratch Cup Champion Cathal Butler and reining Munster Boys and Kerry Boys Champion John Murphy. The main fundraising activity is sponsoring birdies according to Stafford: “We will be raising money by asking individuals to sponsor a birdie for €10 on a hole of their choice and if any of the 4 players can make a birdie then the money will go towards the Special Olympics, if we fail to make a birdie we will return the money to the sponsor (if they want it back!). The winning team will be making a €100 donation to Special Olympics which has been generously donated by Finbarr Galvin Motors LTD, SEAT and SKODA dealer as well as having the bragging rights for the next 12 months in the Pro Shop.”
“We would invite as many people as possible to come out on the day and support the event and Special Olympics Ireland, we will be having some in game challenges also where spectators can get involved pitting themselves against the pros and +1 handicappers. Not only should there be some excellent golf on display (mostly from the amateurs!!) but it is also a chance for local people to acknowledge the accomplishments of our 2 Munster Champions as with their busy schedules they have not been able to spend much time in the club recently, August 22nd is one of only 2 days in the entire summer when it is possible to get all 4 players together owing to the busy amateur playing schedule. The bookies have installed the amateurs as early favourites with a price of 8/11 with the pros lagging behind at 2/1. You may ask should the pros not beat the amateurs but as both pros spend most of their time coaching would it not be a bad reflection on them as coaches if 2 of the leading juniors to come through the club in recent years didn’t beat them? As long as Special Olympics Ireland is the winner on the day no one will care!”
Tee off on Monday 22nd of August is 1pm. Donations/Birdie Sponsorships can be made by attending on the day or by paypal at the following webpage http://www.isgolfcoaching.com/proshopchallenge