Shannon GC set to host the 2021 Interprovincial Championships

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Shannon GC set to host the 2021 Interprovincial Championships

Peter O’Keeffe (Douglas) on the 1st play-off hole after round 4 of the AIG Irish Men's Amateur Close Championship 2021, Tullamore Golf Club, Tullamore, Co. Offaly, Ireland. 15/08/2021 Picture: Golffile | Thos Caffrey

The 2021 Men’s And Women’s Interprovincial Championships get underway on Wednesday with some of the best golfers from around their country representing their provinces at Shannon GC.

Both competitions are played in a round-robin format, with the Men’s matches consisting of four foursomes and seven singles games, with the Women’s matches being played over three foursomes and five singles games.

Munster’s Peter O’Keeffe will be playing in the Interprovincials for the third consecutive decade, after making his debut in the early 2000s. The 2021 AIG Irish Men’s Close champion is looking forward to guiding some of the younger Munster players.

“It’s lovely playing with a team. One thing about Munster teams is that we bond very well. We’ve already had a nice buildup going into this week. It’s all about getting the pairings correct, and having good and open conversations.

“I already know who I’m playing with, and it’ll all be about making them as comfortable as possible. We all know who we are playing with going into the week, so there were no surprises, and we’re all comfortable with the pairings.”

Ulster’s Beth Coulter will be making her debut in the Women’s Interprovincials. It’s the Kirkistown Castle star’s first Interpros appearance since playing for the Girls’ team in Shannon in 2017.

“Having the chance to play in the Interpros for the first time in four years is unbelievable. It’s all about playing against the best amateurs around the country.

“Matchplay is really fun, and is more exciting in a team environment. The balance between foursomes and singles is great too.

“Playing for Ulster is a thrill. It’s always very competitive. Having played so many 36-hole days this year, it might even give me an advantage over some of the player’s I’ll be against.”

The matches begin on Wednesday morning, with the Women’s Interprovincial match between Munster and Connacht getting the Championships underway.

Men’s Interprovincial Championship – Fixtures
Wednesday, August 25th
Leinster v Munster
Ulster v Connacht

Thursday, August 26th
Winners of Leinster/Munster v Losers of Ulster/Connacht
Winners of Ulster/Connacht v Losers of Leinster/Munster

Friday, August 27th
TBC
TBC

Women’s Interprovincial Championship – Fixtures
Wednesday, August 25th
Munster v Connacht
Leinster v Ulster

Thursday, August 26th
Ulster v Connacht
Leinster v Munster

Friday, August 27th
Connacht v Leinster
Munster v Ulster

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