Tuesday 20 March 2018

Major hero makes young golfer's wish come true

Anne-Marie Walsh and Anne Lucey

A YOUNG golfer's dreams have already come true on the greens of the Irish Open golf course.

The tournament tees off at the Killarney Golf and Fishing Club this morning. But 24 hours earlier, a game between Peter McEnery (14) and Padraig Harrington was in full swing. Peter's wish was granted when he played with his hero and the three-time Major champion yesterday.

The teenager, who has cystic fibrosis, was whisked from his home in an official Irish Open players' car to the course where he met his idol.

The pair hit a few balls on the practice tee before beginning their round and even held a press conference afterwards.

Peter's wish to play with one of the world's greatest players was granted by the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Padraig and his wife Caroline are big supporters of the charity and the golfer presented Peter with his own Kartel golf shirts to wear on the day.

Tomorrow, players and fans will be encouraged to wear purple for the day in support of the charity that aims to grant the wishes of children living with life-threatening illnesses.

The Irish Open is being held in Killarney for the second time since 1992 and some 80,000 visitors are expected over the next four days.

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