As the eagerly-anticipated first Golf Ireland schedule nears its belated tee-off time, entries for one of the leading events on the calendar are set to close today, Thursday May 20.
The AIG Irish Women’s Close Championship heads to Ballybunion from June 17-20 and any hopefuls not yet entered have until midnight tonight – Thursday – to register on the Golf Ireland website.
Given all that’s been thrown at golf schedules the world over, not least on the amateur circuit in Ireland, it’s with great excitement that Golf Ireland’s first National Championships loom just around the corner. All roads point North for the ISPS HANDA Men’s and Women’s Ulster Stroke Play at the end of this month at Royal County Down as the cream of the country’s amateur elite can finally return to their natural habitat of competitive golf.
Given the level of upheaval due to the pandemic, it’s no surprise that several national championships have been moved from their traditional dates with the Irish Women’s and Girls’ Amateur Open Championships now set for 15-17 October in Co Louth, the same weekend as the Flogas Irish Men’s Amateur Open Championship, which will take place at The European Club.
Moving these championships also ensures they will now coincide with the Carey Cup Match against the Metropolitan Golf Association, which will take place in Carton House from 11-13 October. Fittingly in the inaugural year of Golf Ireland, this match will include mixed teams for the first time.
The AIG Irish Men’s Amateur Close Championship, originally scheduled for 8-12 May, will now take place on 13-15 August at Tullamore, while the Irish Senior Men’s Amateur Open Championship will be played at Donegal on 20-22 October.
As for a normally busy international schedule, much continues to depend on the nature of the pandemic and its impact on overseas travel with Golf Ireland said to be monitoring the situation closely.
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