Connacht Branch, Golfing Union of Ireland

West of Ireland Amateur Open Championship

Venue: County Sligo (Rosses Point)
Start Date: 18 Apr 2014 00:00
End Date: 22 Apr 2014 00:00

Entries Closed

2013 Winner - Rory McNamara (Headfort) at Co. Sligo Golf Club


Entries are now CLOSED


The Championship Draw, Qualifier Draw + Reserve List

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In the event of a Tie for the 9th Qualifying Spot the following shall apply as stated in the Tournament Conditions 2014:
In the event of a Tie for the final qualifying berth(s) available in the West of Ireland Amateur Open Championship, known to be available at the commencement of the Qualifier, the Competitors shall immediately partake in a sudden death Playoff over stipulated holes until the qualifying berths available have been filled; 
The breaking of Ties to determine the Reserve List Order for the West of Ireland Amateur Open Championship thereafter from the Results of the Qualifier, shall be determined by Break of Ties as set out in the GUI Tournament Conditions Booklet, not scores recorded during the sudden death playoff. 
For those of you on the Reserve List wondering how you will be aware if a vacancy has arisen, the procedure adopted annualy by the Championship Committee is as follows:
Once a Player withdraws, we will immediately attempt to contact the next Reserve by Telephone and if we fail to get an answer we will send an email;
Once the Reserve has confirmed that he is taking the place we will update the Waiting List on the Championship page hereunder.
1. Reserves are only assigned places in the Pre-Qualifier should there be a withdrawal from pre-Qualifier.
2. If there is a withdrawal from the Championship Rounds, this vacancy shall be filled from the Results of the pre-Qualifier in accordance with the 2014 Tournament Conditions. (See Press Release Notes below)
Updated April 16 at 07.15hrs
Player Withdrawn C'ship                           Date                                                Reserve Taking Place 
Pat Errity (Druids Glen)                                7 April                                              7th Position in pre-Qualifier
Niall Gorey (Palmerstown Stud)                    7 April                                              8th Position in pre-Qualifier
Cameron Mills (Shandon Park)                    15 April                                              9th Position in pre-Qualifier
Players Withdrawn pre-Qualifier               Date                                                Reserve Taking Place 
Lee McMillen (Craddockstown)                     8 April                                              Ryan Gordon (Donaghadee)
Karl McCormack (Portarlington)                   11 April                                             James O'Rourke (Mullingar)
Mark O'Rouke (Royal Tara)                          14 April                                             Marc Judge (Stackstown)
Max Thallon (Bangor)                                  15 April                                             Phillip Tanham (Delgany)
Alan Kiernan (Forrest Little)                         15 April                                             Des Timbs (Strandhill)
Eoin Kelly (Co Meath)                                 15 April                                             Morgan Lynch (Tuam)
Jack McDonnell (Forrest Little)                     15 April                                             Michael Lane (Athenry
Greg O'Mahony (Lee Valley) NO SHOW       16 April                                             Nigel Mann (Limerick)
Next Reserve is - Scott Campbell (Greenacres)
For pre-Qualifier updated Drawsheet, click HERE.
For the Championship Rounds Drawsheet, click HERE.
(Issued January 30, 2014)

2014 West of Ireland Amateur Open Championship

The West of Ireland Amateur Open Championship Committee is very pleased to confirm that the Championship to be staged at the famed links of Rosses Point at County Sligo Golf Club over the Easter weekend from April 16. It shall once again be sponsored by the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Ballincar, Sligo.

The Championship Committee are also pleased to confirm that the inaugural West of Ireland ‘Qualifier’ staged in 2013 is here to stay. The 2014 edition shall see some upgrading of Tournament Conditions when it is competed for on Wednesday April 16th 2014. The principal changes which the Committee are confident will be well received by Competitors are as follows:

  • The number of automatic Qualification places from the ‘Qualifier’ shall be at least 6, having been 3 in 2013;
  • In addition, should any Players withdraw who had been allocated a place in the ‘Championship’ Field, then these vacancies shall not be filled from a Reserve List in handicap order as in the past, but from the Players finishing in 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, etc in the Qualifier.
  • Traditionally three to five Players withdraw annually prior to the ‘Championship’ for various personal reasons, so its quite likely that more Players than the six prescribed in the conditions shall get through to Good Friday’s opening Round. The competition for entry places for the 2014 ‘Qualifier’ may be much greater than in 2013;
  • The West of Ireland Amateur Open Championship can still boast to be the only Championship which offers Past Champions an exemption, so long as they are within 1.0 strokes of the handicap cut off mark for the Championship, however this exemption into the ‘Championship’ Rounds has been removed. Past Winners exemption shall now only be effective for the ‘Qualifier’ and again they must be within 1.0 strokes of the handicap cut off mark for the ‘Qualifier’;
  • Finally, in recognition of the achievement of some Junior Golfers in both the Championship and the Qualifier in 2013 the Committee have introduced an Exemption Clause granting up to three Connacht based U18 Players who are within 1.0 strokes of the cut off handicap mark entry into the ‘Qualifier’ should they fail to get under the handicap cut off mark for the ‘Qualifier’ itself;

Regarding the Championship itself the significant points to note for 2014 are that the Championship Committee have approved a move to 11min Timesheet Intervals. These 11min timesheet intervals were very successful for Union Championships in 2013 and the very positive effect it had on Pace of Play;

The confirmed number of starting berths for the 2014 Championship on Good Friday, inclusive of Players coming through the ‘Qualifier’ and any applicable exemptions in accordance with the Tournament Conditions shall be 126;

Once again as the opener to Senior Championship season in Ireland a large entry is anticipated for both the Qualifier and Championship and given the level of interest from overseas already we can be sure to see some of the UK’s top talent this Easter once again.

Online Entry for the events shall be available from February 10 and Entries Close on Thursday March 20th at 17.00hrs.

Issued By
Enda Lonergan
Tournament Director
January 30, 2014.