Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Amateur Golf Championship

The fourth Connacht Mid Amateur Open Championship is fixed for Saturday and Sunday September 26th and 27th at the splendidly redesigned ‘Ken Kearney Golf Design’ Roscommon Golf Club, venue for the 2006 and 2007 Championship. The event moved to Claremorris in 2008 due to the course redevelopment works at Roscommon.

The Mid Amateur phenomenon is new to the Irish golfing championship calendar in relative terms, with Munster getting the ball rolling about six or seven years ago and Connacht and Leinster both following suit in the last four years. The idea is to provide a competitive championship platform for those over 35 years of age (on the first day of the event) who perhaps due to work and family pressures or a slight rise in their handicaps are unable to compete in the Senior Championships, but can still meet and compete with their peers on a Championship level though the Mid Amateur events. The Mid Amateur Championships worldwide are a huge part of the golfing scene with the US being the front runner and Europe has also shown a strong growth in this area since 2000.

The event’s format is a 54 hole strokeplay with 36 holes on Saturday (Day 1) and the Top 30 and ties then playing a final 18 holes on Sunday morning (Day 2). The upper handicap limit is seven but it is not uncommon for a few players higher than seven to enter and drop down for the duration of the event.

The field is restricted due to the 36 Hole Format on Day 1 to 69 Players in handicap order, but to date in Connacht the maximum number of starters we have had was 63 in 2008 so don’t be put off entering by this number, what with late withdrawals, etc it is likely that all those who enter will get a chance to play. The entry is €30 which includes a soup and a sandwich between Rounds 1 and 2, so for potentially four rounds of golf and your soup you are getting the best value there is in golf today and on one of the Province’s finest parkland courses to boot. Prize vouchers to the value of €2000 will be awarded with numerous gross and nett prizes (overall and each day).

Entries are by Official Championship Entry Form to the Connacht Branch Office by no later than Thursday September 10 and forms can be downloaded from the Brach’s website at www.gui.ie/connacht.