Irish golfing hero Padraig Harrington launches The K Club Irish PGA Pro AM



Padraig Harrington launches The K Club Irish PGA Pro Am 5th-6th May

Irish golfing hero and three-time major winner, Padraig Harrington helped launch The K Club Irish PGA Pro AM competition on the famous Ryder Cup Course at The K Club in Straffan, Co. Kildare today (12th April).

The tournament will run over 2 days, the 5-6th of May when teams made up of three amateurs and one Irish PGA Professional will battle it out for golfing glory on both of The K Club’s Championship Courses, The Ryder Cup Course and The Smurfit Course, home to several European Opens.  A prize pot of €20,000 is up for grabs for the leading Irish golf Professionals while the amateurs can win some stunning prizes including canteens of cutlery for the winning team, courtesy of Irish lifestyle company, Newbridge Silverware.

Over 120 amateur golfers people will play in the tournament alongside some of Ireland’s leading Irish PGA Professionals.

Speaking at The K Club today Padraig Harrington said, “The owner of The K Club, Dr. Michael Smurfit, has been one of the most ardent and loyal supporters of the PGA in Ireland and his support and the support of all the team at The K Club is essential for the continual growth of golf in this country.  The K Club has two of Europe’s most stunning courses, it’s always a pleasure to play here.”

The first day of action will take place on the Smurfit Course, while the spectacular Ryder Cup Course will play host to the event on the second day.   Teams cost €1,350 and the price includes golf on both courses, food on arrival each day, a BBQ on the first evening and a gala dinner on the last day.

Speaking in advance of the Pro Am, Sharon Smurfit, Director of Golf at The K Club said, “We are really looking forward to welcoming all the Irish PGA professionals along with our members and guests to participate in the event and we look forward to hosting this exciting tournament. We are also very pleased to support Irish golf through the PGA in Ireland and are really delighted to have the many sponsors on board who have helped support this competition.”

PGA in Ireland Regional Manager, Michael McCumiskey said, “Ever since it opened in 1991 The K Club has proven to be a long standing supporter of the PGA, going back to staging Irish Championships and in more recent times quality Pro-Ams on the Ryder Cup Course.
From the perspective of our professionals, a chance to visit and play there is never to be missed. This will no doubt be reflected in the entries from our members and the amateurs who will play in the Pro-Am on 5th and 6th May, with the professionals taking a particular interest in competing for the generous prize-fund of €20,000.”

Sponsors include Cairn PLC, Crystal Air, MCM Engineering Inc, Newbridge Silverware, The Irish Golfer Magazine and TLC Nursing Homes.

The K Club Irish PGA Pro Am helps to support the Irish Professional Golfers’ Association in Ireland, and this promises to be a fantastic event with some top quality golf. To book in for a team, please email or call 01-6017302. Sponsorship opportunities are also available and interested parties should also contact Darielle O’Sullivan for more information.



For further press information, photography or to interview Sharon Smurfit, Director of Golf at The K Club please contact Aileen O’Brien or Patrick Ward at              O’Brien PR   (045) 407017 or Aileen O’Brien mobile (086) 8403624



The K Club is located on the banks of The River Liffey in Straffan, Co. Kildare. Just 30 minutes from Dublin city centre, the resort enjoys a tranquil, rural location but is within easy reach of the capital and Dublin Airport. The resort incorporates a Five AA Red Star Hotel and two world class golf courses, designed by Arnold Palmer and situated on either sides of the river. The K Club famously staged The Ryder Cup in 2006 as well as 13 European Opens, The Golf Channel’s ‘Big Break’, reality golf TV show and the 2016 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open. Other facilities include the Arnold Palmer and the Smurfit Clubhouses as well as a resort spa, swimming pool, gym and several restaurants and bars. Activities on offer include falconry, fly fishing, horse riding, archery and all weather tennis. There are lots of conference rooms and meeting spaces available throughout the resort which can cater for large groups up to 500 people. With over 550 acres of mature parkland and formal gardens, The K Club is widely recognised as one of the most stunning resorts in Europe.