The 2019 edition, ‘Pro Shop Challenge IV’ took place on Thursday August 15th in Kinsale GC. Professionals Ger Broderick and Ian Stafford faced our International players John Murphy and Eoghan Cassidy.
The nominated charities were Marymount Hospice and Jack and Friends. Jack and Friends are a support centre for children and their families in Cork living with autism. The centre is completely voluntary, and supports 90 families. The event raised an impressive €5,000 for the chosen charities. The Pro Shop Challenge fundraiser has now raised a total of €17,500 for various charities and organizers are hopeful that the event will run for a fifth time in 2020.
A number of quality shots and brilliant birdies were on display and the amateurs were victorious on this occasion scoring a total of -7 compared to the pros -4 in the fourball better-ball format.
See more details of the 2019 event here:
Pro Shop Challenge History:
The Pro Shop Challenge was first played in 2016 to raise funds for the Irish Special Olympics team. The club professionals, Ger Broderick and Ian Stafford, took on Cathal Butler and John Murphy – who were soon to become Munster Golfers of the Year. The young tyros handed a significant defeat to the Pros, and in the process raised over €2,500 for the Special Olympics team.
It was simply too good to leave it as a one-off, prompted no doubt by a ferocious slagging received by Ger and Ian. The Pro Shop Challenge II was arranged, this time playing for the Rory Stafford Cup, the Marymount Hospice and of course pride. It was again played in great conditions, and the young guns wilted in the heat. Honour restored, and more importantly almost €3,000 raised for Marymount. The beneficiaries of last year’s match were Marymount Hospice and the RNLI, and over €5,000 was raised.
Visit the below links to read about previous years.