Groupings confirmed for Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Pro-Am at Lahinch

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Groupings confirmed for Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Pro-Am at Lahinch

Limerick's Cian Lynch, taking possession against Tipp in Sunday's Munster final, will play alongside top Irish professional Shane Lowry in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Pro-Am at Lahinch on Wednesday

LIMERICK'S Munster senior hurling final hero Cian Lynch has been drawn alongside top Irish golfer Shane Lowry in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Pro-Am at Lahinch Golf Club on Wednesday morning.

Lynch, who played a key role in Limerick's runaway Munster final success over Tipperary at the LIT Gaelic Grounds on Sunday, will tee off with Lowry at 7.45am from the first tee at Lahinch. The pair will be joined in their fourball by fellow hurling stars Shane O'Donnell of Clare and Galway's Joe Canning.

Former Muster and Ireland rugby captain Paul O'Connell, who has been coaching with Stade Francais in the French Top 14, has been drawn alongside English professional Andrew Johnston among the afternoon starters in Wednesday Pro-Am. O'Connell, al 11-handicapper, will set out from the 18th tee in the shotgun start alongside former rugby stars Keith Wood and Shane Byrne.

Limerick comedian and radio presenter Dermot Whelan, a 10-handicapper, is also among the afternoon starters in the PRO-Am as he tees it up alongside South African Major winner Trevor Immelmann from the 16th tee also at 1.30pm on Wednesday.

Whelan's fourball also includes jockey Ruby Walsh.

Limerick businessman JP McManus will play with Swedish professional Robert Karlsson as well as fellow businessman Dermot Desmond and former jockey AP McCoy.

Lady captain of Lahinch Golf Club, Helena Tiernan, a native of Mungret, but now living in Monaleen, is in a grouping alongside former US Open winner Graeme McDowell.

One Direction star Niall Horan is among the afternoon starters at 1.30pm, as he plays alongside actor Jimmy Nesbitt and impressionist Conor Moore.