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Herald man's charity golf day is big hit with celebs

THE sun was shining and celebrities and golfing fans were out in force for Herald columnist Ronnie Whelan's Golf Classic yesterday.

Golfing pro Shane Lowry was back from the PGA Tour in the US and enjoying the good weather at Carton House.

Boxer Bernard Dunne joined Love/Hate's Laurence Kinlan on the course.

And Keith Duffy and Brian Ormond shared a few laughs in-between drives.

"It's a great day out," Brian told the Herald. "When the sun is shining and you're playing a few rounds there is nowhere else I'd rather be."

Herald reader Padraig O'Keefe was lucky enough to win a spot on the charity golfing event and brought pals Andrew O'Sullivan and Eamon Walsh.

Mr O'Keefe told the Herald: "It was a brilliant day, better than we could ever have imagined.

"I've been golfing for years but this was one of the best ever out on the course."

Asked who his favourite celebrity golfer was, Mr O'Keeffe said: "Brian Ormond was super. He did a lot better than I expected."

Now in its eleventh year, all proceeds go to The Marie Keating Foundation and Myasthenia Gravis Association Ireland.