McGinley ‘Links’ up with Ryder Cup legends
PAUL McGINLEY is the 10th Ryder Cup captain to have played in the Links Society charity fundraising Pro-Am events.
The Links, which raised over €11m for good causes during its existence from 1966 to 2011, attracted the cream of European and international golfing talent to its headline events.
McGinley, Jose Maria Olazabal, Bernhard Langer, Ian Woosnam, Sam Torrance, Mark James, Seve Ballesteros, Bernard Gallacher, and Tony Jacklin are the Euro skippers who came to Ireland for Cecil Whelan and the Links.
Number 10? None other than the great Jack Nicklaus, captain of the USA in 1987 at his own Muirfield Village when Eamonn Darcy holed the vital putt for a historic European victory.
Nicklaus was the star of one of the Links' biggest fundraisers when he came to Luttrellstown Castle in 2007.
That was the occasion on which The Golden Bear was given a special lesson in hurling from Kilkenny great DJ Carey.
The society and its supporters made huge contributions to charity for over 45 years, and the presence of top professionals was central to its success.
Christy O'Connor Snr, the Links president for 30 years, played a vital role in attracting the European stars for the society's events – especially in the early years when the international Pro-Ams became established as a 'must play' fixture for Tour players.