Blind golfer for Irish Open pro-am

Twelve lucky amateurs will get to play in the Irish Open Pro-Am at Adare Manor - including a former US Open blind golf champion.

Blind golfer Jan Dinsdale will tee it up for Ulster's Ringadufferin Golf & Country Club at the Limerick venue on May 16.

Every GUI and ILGU affiliated club was invited to enter as many players as they liked into a draw from which one male, one female and one junior would be selected.

The new Pro-Am concept was designed to allow amateur club golfers the chance to take part alongside some of the world?s top pros for just ?2 a head.

Teams representing Charleville (Munster), Mount Bellew (Connaught) and Powerscourt (Leinster) also clinched their places in the draw.

Ireland international Dinsdale, who will be joined by Peter Scobie and junior player Stephen McKeon, hopes her appearance will help increase the awareness of blind golf throughout the country.

A ten-year veteran of the sport, Dinsdale has had two holes in one so far in her career and lifted the 2005 US Open Blind Golf Championship.

The €2.5 million Irish Open Golf Championship will take place from May 17- 20 with all funds raised from the Pro-Am entries going to local charities.