The long putt is one of golf’s most difficult shots, alongside driving into the wind and banking a chip shot off a spinning windmill. Learn to master the green with today’s Groupon: for $995, you get a celebrity golf outing for two to the Graeme McDowell Mini Golf Tournament at the Openhouse Gallery in New York City. A partnership with Groupon to raise awareness for McDowell’s G-Mac Foundation, the event takes place Wednesday, February 15, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The experience includes the following for each participant:
- A meet-and-greet with Graeme McDowell
- A 20-minute putting clinic with McDowell
- Entry into the mini-golf tournament
- Irish-themed refreshments
- A photo opportunity with McDowell
- Invitations for winning pair to attend The Children’s Medical & Research Foundation’s charity dinner that night<p>
When professional golfer Graeme McDowell won the U.S. Open in 2010, he became the first European in 40 years and the first Irishman in history to hoist the championship’s trophy. Before teeing off in the Graeme McDowell Mini Golf Tournament, 72 contenders glean tips from McDowell himself on reading greens, pacing ground strokes, tweeting, and fist pumping without hurting the shoulder. After the 20-minute putting clinic, the tournament tests newfound knowledge while CNN International’s Shane O’Donoghue emcees. Competitors who sport knickers or plaid pants earn an extra mulligan during play, and bagpipe tunes pervade the air to imbue the match with festive Irish flair. While mingling and refueling, golfers also sample the flavors of the Emerald Isle with themed refreshments. All guests receive either a photo opportunity with McDowell or a sip of Fanta from his U.S. Open trophy.
The duo with the lowest combined score at the tournament’s end continues with Graeme McDowell into the evening hours, receiving invitations to attend The Children’s Medical & Research Foundation’s charity dinner, which begins with a general reception at the New York Athletic Club at 7 p.m. Donning a choice of business attire or their finest fencing outfits, the champion two will take their seats at a table reserved by Groupon and tuck into a gourmet meal at 8 p.m. alongside the event’s other guests. Proceeds from the dinner will support the work of Ireland’s leading pediatric research institution, The National Children’s Research Centre based at Our Lady Children’s Hospital, Crumlin in Dublin.