Mallow's James Sugrue is set to play in the Masters in April

Mallow's James Sugrue is set to play in the Masters in April
James Sugrue pictured at home in Mallow with his invitation to the 2020 Masters Tournament.

MALLOW'S James Sugrue is headed for Augusta. 

But unlike most Cork golfers who remain outside the ropes, James will be a participant in the Masters after receiving his invitation earlier this week. 

Sugrue, along with caddy and friend Conor Dowling will get to walk the fairways of the most famous golf club in the world in early April. 

As the Amateur Champion, Sugrue was expecting an invitation and that finally arrived this week. 

Flights are booked and schedules are being finalised as the Sugrue family count down the weeks to the Masters. 

Mallow Captain Ray Scanlon was one of the first to express his delight when Sugrue received the official invitation.

“We take immense pride in James’ achievements,” said the Captain. 

“He is a wonderful guy and such a great ambassador for not only our club but for all Irish golfers everywhere. 

"He is joining a list of the who’s who in Irish golf who have played there. We are all hoping that he can play his golf and that he enjoys the occasion. 

"Many club members are hoping to get to Augusta and to New York in June to support him at the US Open.” 

As a player, Sugrue received a small number of tickets for family, and they are all heading out there in April to support him. 

For anyone still thinking of heading out, some tickets are still available through tour operators and re-sale sites, but these come with a hefty price tag.

Tickets for Thursday or Friday are currently trading at over €2,000 with four day passes priced around €8,000. 

In spite of these prices, more than a few people from Cork are travelling to support James. 

While the Kerry jersey has become a familiar site in Augusta, there’s every chance we’ll see a Mallow or Cork jersey at the famous course this year.

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