Packie Bonner Calls on Laois Golfers to Support SBHI

Annual golf classic to take place on July 20th

August 2010 – The 2011 US Open Championship may be over with Rory McIlroy taking home the gold but there is a solution for all your golf fans. The former Irish goalkeeper Packie Bonner recently launched the annual Packie Bonner SBHI (Spina Bifida Hydrocephalous Ireland) Golf Classic which will take place at Glasson Country House Hotel and Golf Club, Athlone Co. Westmeath on Wednesday, 20th of July.

The Irish sporting legend is calling on golfers from Abbeyleix Golf Club, Heath Golf Club, Mountrath Golf Club, Portarlington Golf Club, Rathdowney Golf Club and The Heritage Golf and Spa Resort to support Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Ireland at this fantastic sporting event.

All proceeds will go to SBHI in order to continue their work in assisting those with the conditions spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus.  The entry fee is €500 per team (four person team) which includes green fees, lunch, goody bag and much more.  Shotgun start at 1pm sharp. Speaking about the exciting annual fundraiser Packie said, “This is a fantastic course and a great day out for a worthy charity so I am encouraging people to get involved. Last year I took part and it amazed me to see the work carried out on behalf of SBHI for people who live with the conditions. Without a doubt it is the best of all the golf classics I have taken part in.”

There are a number of competitions on offer for participants, such as beat the pro, nearest the pin, longest drive, par three competitions as well as the chance to win a car worth over €30,000 up for grabs for the first hole in one at hole 15!

Country House Hotel and Golf Club is a 4 star lakeside golf hotel located close to Athlone in County Westmeath in the Midlands Ireland and is renowned for its warm welcome with outstanding panoramic lakeside views. Nestled on the tranquil shores of Lough Ree, this family-run Country House Hotel is the ideal get-away and is easily accessible for participants residing anywhere in Ireland.

“We are delighted to have Packie Bonner supporting this crucial fundraiser for our organisation.  Packie is a patron of the association and has helped us in many ways including raising awareness and participating in many events over the past number of years,” said George Kennedy, Chief Executive of SBHI.

SBHI works with people with Spina Bifida and/or Hydrocephalus to improve the quality of their lives on a practical level.  The incidence of Spina Bifida and/or Hydrocephalus in Ireland is the second highest in the world.  On average, 75 babies are being born each year with Spina Bifida and approximately 80% of those born have some degree of Hydrocephalus.  For further information, go to or contact Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Ireland at 01 457 2329

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