July 2020 will see the sixth staging of the JP McManus Pro-Am. Since the inaugural tournament in 1990 the event has grown from strength to strength. Watch a preview below of the JP McManus Pro- Am challange, McIlroy vs Harrington.
28 current Major Champions with 56 Major titles amassed between them have competed in the JP McManus Pro-Am.
The big question is will Tiger be back?
“The Golf Course at Adare Manor is ready to take its place among the best championship courses anywhere when it opens in March 2018.”
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Accprding to the Adare Manor website, | “Celebrated golf architect Tom Fazio has taken what was already an award-winning course and transformed it into a parkland paradise befitting a country in the top tier of global golfing destinations. The new course has been created in harmony with the outstanding natural beauty of its surroundings: lush, softly rolling terrain, mature tree scaping, and the sweeping banks of the River Maigue.”
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• The professionals play an individual 36-hole stroke play event over the two days.
• Each team consists of one professional and three amateur partners.
• The team event will be a 36-hole team with the one best net score to count at each hole.
• A daily team competition will also take place each day.
Note: The “Par as amateurs’ friend” rule applies to the team score. i.e. The highest score a team can return on any hole is a par.
Professionals – Blue Tees
Male Amateurs – White Tees
Lady Amateurs – Red Tees
Amateurs will receive full handicap allowance. Men – 18 (max), Ladies – 18 (max)
No courtesy shots.
Note: Players with higher handicaps may compete but within the above limits.
“Off the tee, the wide fairways have strategic bunkering, mature hardwood trees, and contoured slopes which place an emphasis on shot placement. While not overly difficult in appearance, this firm and fast sand capped layout requires the proper line and angle of attack to score. The subtle greens in the latest Pure Distinction bentgrass with full Sub Air system feature unique shapes that create a variety of hole locations requiring careful thought and club selection on the approach shots.”
Source: Adare Manor
Early Years: 1990-2000
The JP McManus Pro-Am teed off for the first time almost 30 years ago in 1990 at Limerick Golf Club attracting many of Europe’s top professional golfers of the time, including Philip Walton, Christy O’Connor Jnr, Des Smyth, Brian Barnes, Gordon Brand Jnr, Bill Longmuir, Paul Way, Eamonn Darcy, and Richard Boxall. The 42 teams competing consisted of one professional and three other players, and they helped to raise almost €1.2 million for local charities in Limerick.
The succeeding event took place five years later in 1995 when the European Tour became involved with the management of the golf tournament. This augmented the stature and profile of the Pro-Am amongst European and US professionals as well as the spectator public. The event attracted many more professional golfers from the highest echelons including three outstanding members of the US PGA Seniors Tour – Jim Colbert, Bob Murphy and Tom Wargo.
Many of the younger professionals who also participated went on to become some of the biggest names in the sport such as Michael Campbell, Darren Clarke, Lee Westwood, Paul McGinley and Andrew Coltart. The funds raised on that occasion increased to almost €4 million.
In 2000, the Pro-Am was once again hosted at Limerick Golf Club. Over fifteen thousand people enjoyed two fantastic days of golf, witnessing none other than the world’s then Number 1 Tiger Woods securing victory. The golfing legend fended off some of the world’s greatest players including World No 2 David Duval, Stuart Appleby, Padraig Harrington, Thomas Bjørn, Lee Janzen and Mark O’Meara to name a few. Among other sports personalities to also compete in the tournament were Alex Ferguson, Martin O’Neill, Keith Wood, Gary Lineker and Eddie Jordan. The tournament that year saw a significant rise in funds raised, this time coming to €19.8 million.
“In the past, most players have travelled to Ireland to play the wild Atlantic Links layouts. Now Ireland can also offer the finest inland parkland traditional style layout, with an emphasis on strategic shot placement, set on the grounds of one of the finest manor hotels in the world.”
Source: Adare Manor
“However, as every great golfer knows, it’s all about the numbers, so here they are: • 12,055 square metres of Pure Distinction bentgrass USGA putting surfaces • New perennial ryegrass tees and fairways • 170 acres of low-cut sand capped grass, wall to wall, with no rough in play • Sub Air systems in all greens to remove moisture thru vacuum pumps to maintain firm conditions every day • 77,000 linear meters of gravel trenches and perforated pipes • 41 capillary concrete strategic bunkers with the finest Scottish sand • 180,000 tonnes of sand • 1291 sprinkler heads • 127 newly planted mature trees • 77 new tee boxes measuring 10,777 square metres • 6600 square metres of closely-mown teeing area on our new practice facility • 12,055 square metres of Pure Distinction bentgrass putting surfaces • 17,003 square metres of A4 bentgrass approach surfaces • 6641 square metres of bunkers • 50 Greenskeepers • 170,000 square metres of perfectly manicured fairway • Water features on 14 holes • 1 River Maigue.” ***All images and information owned by Adare Manor https://www.adaremanor.com/golf/***
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