Leona Maguire will participate in the Horizon Irish Open Pro-Am for the first time today when the curtain-raiser for the main event takes place at Mount Juliet in County Kilkenny.

Maguire etched her name in golfing history in February when the 27-year-old became the first Irishwoman to capture an LPGA Tour title, winning the LPGA Drive-On Championship by a three-stroke margin.

She will join her fellow Irish golf heroes Shane Lowry, Pádraig Harrington and Séamus Power on the fairways at the Kilkenny venue, as well as a host of celebrities from the sports and entertainment world.

John O’Shea and Robbie Keane will be joined on the tee box by actor Jimmy Nesbitt and Leona Maguire will be playing in a BMW fourball coming up behind them.

Today FM’s Dermot Whelan is playing alongside Stephen Hunt and Rob Kearney, who is playing off an 8.2 handicap.

Seamus Power will have politician Barry Cowen for company while former Sport Ireland CEO John Treacy will tee up alongside Olympic Federation of Ireland CEO Peter Sherrard.

Ken Doherty, Johnny Murtagh and the six handicapper Tomás O Se will be out together and others competing from the world of Gaelic Games include Dessie Farrell, Alan Kerins, Joe Canning and Jim Gavin.

A week of entertainment for the whole family is promised with a mix of music and golf on-site at Mount Juliet Estate. Limerick band Hermitage Green will kick off the weekend with a performance on Saturday, July 2. Taking to the main stage on Sunday July 3 is 17-year-old Cork singer Allie Sherlock. Both acts will take to the stage as soon as the final putt drops each evening.

The Horizon Irish Open itself gets underway from tomorrow and Sunday with most of the general admission tickets sold out but some availability for Saturday and Sunday with the Hospitality Partnership. All the action will be broadcast on Sky Sports and RTE.


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