2018 promises to be another big year for fundraising golf classics and one of the first will be in Mahon in early April. The Cork Stroke Support Group will be the beneficiaries from the event which takes place on Friday 6th April. The format is a threeball scramble and the event is sponsored by Carbon Group. The classic is being organised by Dan and John Cronin whose father benefited from the services of Cork Stroke Support Group. The cost per team is just €120 and the sponsors have ensured that there are some great prizes on offer. Tee and green sponsorships are available for anyone who can’t play but would like to contribute to the classic.
Another of the early season classics is the Mercy Hospital Classic. That takes place over two days in Fota Island Resort. This year the focus is on fundraising for the new Mercy Cancer Care Centre and the classic takes place on the 18th and 20th April. Teams consist of four players and the cost per team is €425. This includes access to the driving range, green fees and a delicious meal in the Fota Island Golf Clubhouse following the golf. One of the biggest fundraisers of the year is the Cope Foundation classic which has been running for over 20 years. The event was originally based in Rathsallagh outside Dublin, and targeted Cork natives based in Dublin, and more recently it has rotated between Cork clubs. Well over 200 people took part in Cork Golf Club last August and this year Muskerry is set to host the event which will take place again in August. One extra special prize that some charities use to raise money is a novelty hole in one prize. There was great excitement in Cork GC last September when Paul O’Connell won a brand new Jaguar when he aced the 9th hole in Little Island. In addition to several charities, many local sports clubs use the classic as a way to raise funds for their activities.