The justgolf.ie Heritage Challenge Pro-Am 2017
“The Board members of the Seve Ballesteros Foundation are delighted and very grateful that The Heritage Resort and the PGA of Ireland are hosting the seventh annual justgolf.ie Heritage Challenge Pro-Am in aid of the Seve Ballesteros Foundation. We wish you every success and our sincere thanks“.
- Javier, Miguel & Carmen Ballesteros
The Heritage Resort and the PGA in Ireland are delighted to reveal details of an exciting relationship with justgolf.ie in 2017. The justgolf.ie Heritage Challenge Pro-Am, will take place on Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th June 2017. An event which is already one of the highlights of the PGA in Ireland calendar and will now feature an increased prize fund of €60,000 and will support the charitable efforts of the Seve Ballesteros Foundation. PGA in Ireland secretary, Michael McCumiskey said; “Support for golf and playing the game has recovered in recent times and, as part of that, we look forward with great enthusiasm to the staging of 2017 justgolf.ie Heritage Challenge in aid of the Seve Ballesteros Foundation“.
The Heritage Resort is closely associated with the Spanish golfing legend as home to the Ballesteros Course, the only golf course in Ireland designed by the legendary five time major winner. The venue is consistently ranked among the top 10 parkland courses in the country by Golf Digest magazine and has previously hosted The Seve Trophy and Irish Senior Open. The Heritage Golf Operations manager Dean Redmond added; “It is a great boost for the venue to be hosting The 2017 justgolf.ie Heritage Challenge in aid of the Seve Ballesteros Foundation.
The Heritage Challenge 2016 - Moriarty walks away with top prize
Colm Moriarty (Drive Golf Performance) carded a final round four under par 68 to edge out David Higgins (Waterville) for first prize at The Heritage Pro-Am on Sunday 5th June. His 36-hole total of nine under par (135) gave him victory by one shot over Higgins who carded a second round 70 at the Co Laois venue.
“I played very nicely, particularly on the first day,” said Colm who was bogey free in compiling a five under par 67 on day one. “I was maybe a bit loose at the start of things today (Sunday) and had to scramble a bit to keep things together but picked it up around the turn with a birdie and an eagle. I hit it in the water at the fourth (par 3) my 13th and ended up with a double but I was delighted then to birdie my 16th and 17th. “You have to play good golf to score around here so I’m pleased with the performance.”
The tournament, sponsored by Albert Crowley of Fountains & Decor Ltd and LED Light Tech Ltd boasted the biggest prize fund of the season - €50,000 – and drew a full field of 55 PRO’s and 165 Amateurs to the Seve Ballesteros designed course.
A gala dinner and charity auction in aid of The Seve Ballesteros Foundation on Saturday evening raised approximately €10,000. Items donated included a fourball at Royal Pedrena Golf Club, a visit to the Seve Trophy room in Seve’s house and a sculpture of Seve’s grip along with many more fabulous auction pieces. The Ballesteros Foundation is committed to the advancement of science for the benefit of those with brain tumours. The Foundation raises funds intended for clinical research that, along with the best scientists and laboratories around the world, will come to overcome this disease. The Ballesteros Foundation is also active in helping children and young people in developing their careers in golf. The Foundation aims to bring the sport to children and use it for social purposes, as a tool to promote the values associated with sport that embodied its founder: humility, effort, perseverance, spirit of sacrifice, the desire to excel, integration, tolerance and respect.
Overnight leader Michael McDermott (Pure Golf Leopardstown) was unable to match his stunning first round effort of seven under par 65. Out in level par 36, a birdie at the par five second (he started at the 10th) got him to eight under for the tournament but he immediately gave that shot back at the third and then a double-bogey at the par five eighth ended his chances. Michael finished in third place by himself on five under par. Eamonn Brady (Clontarf GC) finished tied for fourth with Damien McGrane who carded the lowest round of the day on Sunday a five under par 67.Neil O'Briain (Old Conna GC) guided his amateur partners to victory in the team event compiling 190 points over 36 holes followed closely by the home team which was led by the resident PRO Eddie Doyle (The Heritage GC) and his team.
“Thank you to everyone who took part”, said Jacqueline Mullen General Manager of the Heritage Golf Resort and a very special thank you to all our Sponsors, the PGA of Ireland who officiated, the Greenkeepers who presented the Ballesteros Course in a superb condition and to Judge Roy Beans who did a fantastic job on the food over the weekend”. She went on to say the event was a huge success and one that superseded any event of its kind held here before. Registration for the 2017 Pro-Am is now open. To avoid disappointment please register your interest.