O'Connor lines up Nicklaus for Galway Bay charity event
Jack Nicklaus is coming to Ireland to play in the Christy O'Connor Junior Celeb-Am at Galway Bay Golf Resort on Monday, July 6.
The event, in aid of the Galway Hospice, will be greatly enhanced by the presence of the legendary Golden Bear.
Christy Junior's relationship with Nicklaus goes back to 1970, when they played the first two rounds together at St Andrews in the Open Championship.
"Jack won that week, and I also played with him in '78 when he won the Open in 1978, so he reckons I'm a lucky talisman for him," said O'Connor.
"We're absolutely delighted and honoured to have Jack come to Galway Bay for the Celeb-Am.
"It's a wonderful gesture of support, and I'm sure the people of Galway will come out in huge numbers to see him."
Nicklaus remains the world's greatest golfer, with a total of 18 professional Majors on his CV, as well as 73 PGA Tour victories.
Meanwhile, the €33,000 K Club Newstalk Pro Am on May 5/6 will feature Tour players Damien McGrane and Peter Lawrie.
The 36-hole event, which has a prize fund of €33,000, takes place on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week, and will be played over the Palmer Ryder Cup Course and the Smurfit Course.
On the GUI scene, three top Irish amateurs, Gavin Moynihan (The Island), Jack Hume (Naas) and Gary Hurley (West Waterford), have received invitations to play in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down.
They will be joined in the starting field by reigning British Amateur champion Bradley Neil from Scotland. Neil won the coveted championship at Royal Portrush last year.