Rory McIlroy & Paul McGinley and Padraig Harrington & Shane Lowry today shared the spoils in ceremonial Exhibition Match to officially launch The Golf Course at Adare Manor and announce the return of the JP McManus Pro-Am in 2020.
It was honours even as the combined talents of Rory McIlroy & Paul McGinley and Padraig Harrington & Shane Lowry cut the ribbon on The Golf Course at Adare Manor, set to quickly become one of the world’s most celebrated layouts.
With each pair returning a four-ball better ball strokeplay total of four-under-par 68, the match was witnessed by 1,500 spectators and marked the official opening of the wholly reconstructed Tom Fazio-designed championship course at Adare Manor. As a result of their joint success, each pair will donate €250,000 to their chosen charities, including The Rory Foundation, The McGinley Foundation, Temple Street Children’s University Hospital and the Padraig Harrington Charitable Foundation.
Following the match, the players were quick to praise the quality of the golf course, which will now be fully open for play among members and guests, and complement the recently refurbished Manor House.
Four-time Major Champion, Rory McIlroy, said: “The Golf Course is absolutely incredible. With the weather we’ve had for the last few months, to have a course presented like this is phenomenal, so that’s credit to all of the work of the greens staff over the winter. It was a fantastic day.”
One of the most significant developments in Irish golf in recent years, the Exhibition Match drew much attention from global media, who earlier attended a press conference where it was announced the high-profile JP McManus Pro-Am will return to Adare Manor in 2020. The star-studded occasion, which has previously attracted the likes of 14-time Major winner, Tiger Woods, and World No.1, Dustin Johnson, and raised over €100 million for charity in five previous editions, will take place over The Golf Course at Adare Manor from 6-7 July 2020.
Following a two-year reconstruction commissioned by the ownership of the Adare Manor resort, the McManus Family, The Golf Course at Adare Manor is now open to the golfing world. In bringing to life the 7,509-yard championship layout using practices and products like no other in history, the Fazio Design team has established a course capable of hosting the world’s most prestigious golfing events.
Colm Hannon, Chief Executive Officer of Adare Manor, said: “The Exhibition Match to officially open The Golf Course at Adare Manor has been a huge success and we owe a great deal of thanks to each of the players – Rory, Padraig, Paul and Shane – who have made this such an entertaining and memorable day for all of our guests.
“With the support of the McManus Family, we are also delighted that this occasion will benefit a number of very worthy causes and create an instant legacy for the golf course.”
The 2020 JP McManus Pro-Am
Celebrating 30 years since its inception, 2020 will see the sixth staging of the JP McManus Pro-Am which was first hosted at Limerick GC in 1990. It is played every 5 years and the key objective of the event is to raise funds for charitable and not-for-profit groups in the Mid-West.
It is the largest fund-raising golf event in Ireland and previous editions of the Pro-Am have raised over €100m. All proceeds are donated in their entirety to the beneficiary organisations and no administration/running costs are deducted.
The JP McManus Pro-Am will take place at the Golf Course at Adare Manor on 6th & 7th July 2020, and will feature many of the world’s leading golfers and high-profile celebrities, including Rory McIlroy, Pádraig Harrington, Shane Lowry & Paul McGinley.
Managed by the European Tour, tickets in the form of a cap are on sale now from: www.jpmcmanusproam.com. Once again, spectators can purchase a 2-day cap in a choice of 3 colours. A record number of overseas and Irish visitors are expected to attend the event in 2020 where they can expect to see some of the world’s top golfers continue the success of the JP McManus Pro-Am.