Three times major champion Padraig Harrington secured his first victory of 2009 by winning the GUI/ ILGU 3 Irish Open Pro Am, along with his team members, Minister for Arts, Sports & Tourism Martin Cullen and Waterfords Chief Executive of 3, Robert Finnegan and Angus Potterson. The team won with 57 points or 15 under par on the links course of Baltray, Co Louth on Wednesday 13th May
Commenting on their win, Padraig Harrington stated ‘I want to thank the rest of the team for giving me first victory of 2009! The GUI/ILGU 3 Irish Open was thoroughly enjoyable and a lot of credit goes to the sponsors, 3, for ensuring this day occurs’.
Some wonderful memories occurred during the GUI/ILGU 3 Irish Open Pro Am such as Minister Martin Cullen obtaining an eagle 3 on the third hole and the legendary John Daly high fiveing a team member for chipping in for a birdie on the tenth.
Commenting on the GUI/ILGU 3 Irish Open Pro Am, Director of Sales with 3, Elaine Carey, stated ‘Our desire through our sponsorship of the 3 Irish Open Pro Am has always been to get the grass roots of golf involved in the tournament again. We hope that all the Club teams enjoyed playing with the Pros today, and will have a great time over what we expect to be a really exciting tournament this week.”
Eight golf club teams were drawn to play in the GUI/ILGU 3 Irish Open ProAM competition from the 392 clubs across Ireland who competed to gain an opportunity to play with the professional golfers.
The final results of these clubs were:
- 2nd Ballybunion golf clubs, Co Kerry, mens team with Thomas Bjorn – 59 points
- 5th Blessington Lakes, Co Wicklow golf club mens team wth James Kingston – 62 points 6th Clones golf club, Co Monaghan ladies team with Anders Hansen – 62 points
- 10th Enniscrone golf club, Co Sligo ladies team with Darren Clarke – 64 points
- 13th Douglas golf club, Co Cork, ladies team with Gregory Havret – 65 points
- 16th Galway Bay golf club mens team with David Howell – 66 points
- 18th Helensbay golf club, Co Down mens team with Stephen Dodd – 68 points
- 19th Stackstown golf club, Co Dublin ladies team with Gary Murphy – 69 points
- The longest drive from the ladies golf club teams was Linda Murphy of Douglas Golf club The longest drive from the men’s golf club teams was Kevin O Leary from Waterford
- The nearest to the pin was Ann Healey of Douglas Golf club
This competition was run in conjunction with an existing club competition, had the full backing of the Golfing Union of Ireland and the Irish Ladies Golf Union. The competition ultimately produced a men’s and ladies’ team from each of the four provinces, which then went into the GUI/ILGU 3 Irish Open Pro-Am Draw. It was from this draw that the eight clubs were drawn.