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A bogey round for golf celebs but Irish bag €42k in prizes


Brian Ormond. Matthew Horwood/Getty Images

Brian Ormond. Matthew Horwood/Getty Images

Brian Ormond. Matthew Horwood/Getty Images

THEY may have finished bottom of the pile at the Four Nations Golf Tournament but Ireland's celebrity golfers are far from losers.

Instead of a wooden spoon, they were given honorary membership of the Celtic Manor in Wales.

That's not a bad consolation prize, given that the top membership of the 2010 Ryder Cup course costs €3,545 a year to join with a further €3,545 a year in fee – totalling €42,540 for the six winners.

Captain Keith Duffy, singer Brian McFadden, former Irish international Ronnie Whelan, ex-Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill, and National Lottery presenter Brian Ormond, along with actor Jamie Bamber, had up to 15,000 spectators watching them each day as they competed for the Celebrity Golf Cup to raise funds for a cancer charity founded by former European Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie.

"It was crazy playing golf with Jodie Kidd, Kenny Dalglish or Rob Brydon. The way it was done, each hole you got was a point for your team, but no one was taking it too seriously. We were all there to raise money for the charity," Brian Ormond told the Herald.



The Big Money Game lottery presenter was joined in Wales by wife Pippa O'Connor, who arrived on Saturday for a gala dinner that night at the Celtic Manor resort where guests, included TV's Ant and Dec, who first met the Clondalkin man on his 2001 run in ITV's Pop Idol in which he finished in the final 10.