Qualify for the JP McManus Pro-Am

​Its much anticpated return next year will see Tiger Woods and a host of other household names join forces to raise money for charity in the JP McManus Pro Am.

  • 09 April 2019

Image: Tiger Woods. By Golffile.​

The JP McManus Pro-Am is holding Pre-Qualifiers for the event itself. Pre-Qualifiers are open to all ILGU/GUI members.  They are hosted in the mid-west area but are open to anyone from across the country with a GUI or ILGU number. 

Singles stableford competition format with an open draw being held upon completion of the round where cards are drawn into random teams of 3 with the highest cumulative score going forward to the Grand Qualifier in Adare Manor in 2020. 

There is 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes on offer in the Bòthar Pre-Qualifier as well as additional prizes. 1st to 3rd prize are commemorative glass pieces set on plinths. Entry into a pre-Qualifier also gets you an entrance cap for the Pro-Am itself in 2020 worth €50.

Bòthar are holding a Pre-Qualifier which coincides with the 25th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide. Bòthar operates all Irish dairy projects in Rwanda. In operation since 1991 we have sent hundreds of Irish dairy heifers from Ireland to Rwanda. 


The JP McManus Pro-Am teed off for the first time almost 30 years ago in 1990 at Limerick Golf Club, with the aim of raising much-needed funds for charities and organisations in the Mid-West region.
The inaugural Pro-Am attracted many of Europe’s 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. Roger Chapman took home the trophy.

The succeeding event took place five years later in 1995 when the European Tour became involved with the management of the tournament. This augmented the stature and profile of the Pro-Am among European and US professionals as well as spectators, and attracted many more professional golfers including three legendary members of the US PGA Seniors Tour – Jim Colbert, Bob Murphy and Tom Wargo. It was left to Englishmen Paul Broadhurst and Richard Bozall to share the trophy, however.

Many of the younger professionals who also participated went on to become some of the leading 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 €4m.

In 2000, the Pro-Am was once again hosted at Limerick Golf Club. Over 15,000 people enjoyed two fantastic days of golf, witnessing then world no.1 Tiger Woods securing victory. The young golfing superstar fended off some of the world’s leading players including David Duval, Stuart Appleby, Padraig Harrington, Thomas Bjørn, Lee Janzen and Mark O’Meara to claim victory. It was to prove a fruitful year for the then 25 year old as he won three of the four Major Championships, before completing the ‘Tiger Slam’, in early 2001 at The Masters. Pro-Am spectators were lucky enough to witness Tiger competing in his most successful ever year.

Among other sports personalities to compete in the 2000 Pro-Am were Alex Ferguson, Martin O’Neill, Keith Wood, Gary Lineker and Eddie Jordan. The tournament that year saw a significant increase in funds raised, this time totaling €19.8m.