Limerick may be the home of the Liam McCarthy Cup for the next year but past hurling stars of Clare, Galway and Tipperary will be intent on denying their Limerick colleagues their chance to take home another cup, when they each lead our their respective teams to contest the Shannon Airport Cup, a 4 county golfing challenge in just under 8 week’s time.
Now in its second year, the Shannon Airport Cup, which is organised by Limerick-based GolfVoyager.com, will take place at Torrequebrada Golf Course, Benalmadena, Spain – a well-known course that has hosted the Spanish Open in the past. The event has being expanded this year to include teams from Galway & Tipperary along with Limerick & Clare.
This will result in over 100 golfers taking to the fairways from Saturday, 17th to Tuesday, 20th November 2018. Each team will be captained by a hurling legend, namely: Anthony Day, Clare’s seasoned’ cup winner and experienced team leader; Ollie Moran, 2008 All-Ireland finalist with Limerick; Tipperary corner forward from the 1980s and 90s, Pat Fox; and two-time Galway medallist and goalkeeper, Peter Murphy. All four will be present in the Costa del Sol for the competition, captaining their sides, and with Ahane native Ollie Moran defending the title he led Limerick to last year, all captains are expected to have their eyes glued to the upcoming Ryder Cup in search of some useful leadership tips.
With limited places for all four counties and a max capacity of just 120 golfers, places are being booked up fast and any golfer seeking to join their county team will need to book their place speedily.
Speaking about the competition, GolfVoyager.com CEO Conor Galvin said: “There is an appetite for competitive team golf with a difference and bringing a hurling rivalry into the equation, as we did last year, seems to be the answer. This will be our fourth event of this type, having twice hosted a similar Munster Vs Leinster rugby-themed golf outing in Vilamoura in both January 2017 and 2018, which was a huge success.
“We are also delighted that both Shannon Airport and Padraig McGrath from P&M Golf, encouraged by the format, are, once again, sponsoring the Shannon Airport Cup challenge. Most sports enthusiasts will be tuning into watch the Ryder Cup next weekend and with Tiger Woods return to form, which could well be the catalyst for a golfing revival, events such as The Shannon Airport Cup gives golfers of all abilities the opportunity to sample a unique golf travel experience.”
Welcoming this unique initiative Andrew Murphy, managing director, Shannon Airport said:
“It’s a great time to be involved with this event. Everyone is talking hurling, even the counties that weren’t successful in the All-Ireland. It’s a game that’s captivating the imagination and generating a great amount of conversation. “It certainly whets the appetite for the golf challenge and we are delighted to continue our support for it. It’s fantastic fun, led by stars of the game and played on a top-class international course. Conor Galvin and his team at GolfVoyager.com have put together a great event and those who will fly out for it will certainly have a trip to remember.”
The format for the golf challenge is a team of two (four-ball better ball), which combines with the overall team event. The top 5 cards per county per day go towards the team score while there will also be prizes for the top 10 teams, including golfing holidays.