Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Irish tycoon pays golf WAGs €4k . . . to turn up

Alison McGinley reacts as Caroline Harrington (L) and Henrik Stenson's girlfriend Emma Lofgren (R) look on during the Opening Ceremony of the 2006 Ryder Cup at The K Club on September 21, 2006 in Straffan, Co. Kildare, Ireland

Wives and girlfriends attending the JP McManus Pro Am Invitational this summer will be getting a €4,000 bonus, courtesy of the Irish billionaire.

It’ll be more of a free shop than free drop for the better halves of all participating in this summer’s tournament in Adare — thanks to a voucher worth €4,000 that golfers’ WAGs will receive upon arrival to spend in the Co Limerick village.

A string of A-listers including Hugh Grant, Samuel L Jackson, Desperate Housewives star Kyle McLachlan, Peter Gallagher and Aidan Quinn will all be playing.

The players’ partners don’t just receive a no-holds barred €4,000 gift; a percentage of profits go to charity, and money not spent also goes to charity.

Among the ladies expected to soak up the fashions on July 5 and 6 is Caroline Harrington, wife of Padraig; Liezl Els (wife of Ernie) and Montserrat Bravo Ramirez (wife of Miguel Angel Jimenez)

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