2013 Championship Winner - Chris Selfridge (Moyola Park)
Saturday 13 July 2013
Chris Selfridge (Moyola Park) is the 2013 Champion
Click here for the photograph album from the last day of the Championship including pictures from the final day on the course and the presentation after play.
Pictures with the Championship Winner Chris Selfridge (Moyola Park) from the left is Bobby Clarke (Captain Royal Portrush GC), Andrew Spence (Cathedral Eye Clinic) & Peter Sinclair (Chairman - Ulster Branch)
Hole by Hole details from the final can be found via the results link to the right of this page.
Final - Chris Selfridge (Moyola Park) v Gary Hurley (West Waterford/NUIM)
Click here for Photographs from the first tee on the Dunluce Links on Monday 8 July
Click here for Photographs from the first tee on the Dunluce Links on Tuesday 9 July
Full copies of these photographs can be purchased by sending an email to the Ulster Branch (email@example.com) and we will forward details of the cost and contact information
Friday 12 July 2013
Click Here or select the Results tab to the right of this page for Scoring Updates from the Semi-Finals and the Results from the Quarter Finals
Play is under way in the Semi-Finals of the Cathedral Eye Clinic North of Ireland Amateur Open Championship with matches eventually starting at 15.45 and 16.00
15.45 Chris Selfridge (Moyola Park) v Cormac Sharvin (Ardglass)
16.00 Geoff Lenehan (Portmarnock) v Gary Hurley (West Waterford/NUIM)
Play is underway in the Cathedral Eye Clinic North of Ireland Championship Quarter Finals following a 200minute delay due to the sea mist over the course, making a start impossible until 11.15.
Quarter Final Revised Schedule
11.15 Chris Selfridge (Moyola Park) v Brian Casey (Headfort)
11.25 Harry Diamond (Belvoir Park) v Cormac Sharvin (Ardglass)
11.35 Stuart Grehan (Tullamore) v Geoff Lenehan (Portmarnock)
11.45 Michael Reid (Galgorm Castle) v Gary Hurley (West Waterford/NUIM)
Thursday 11 July 2013
Click here for updated scores from the Matchplay Section - Final with times for the quarter final
The Semi-Finals are scheduled for 1.30pm & 1.45pm on Friday 12 July, the Final of the Championship will now be played on Saturday 13 July at 7am
The cut fell at 147 with 10 players on that score making the cut and 9 not making the cut.
Click here for a copy of the final matchplay draw - timings are running 15 mins behind the published times
Click here for a final list of scores
Click here for a revised Matchplay Schedule
The weather continues to play its part here at Royal Portrush with play having to wait until the conditions allow play to continue
Click here for a final list of scores in score order
Wednesday 10 July - weather conditions have improved greatly and play will resume at 7.00am on both the Dunluce & Valley Links.
Round 1 in the matchplay section will not commence until at least 12.30pm
Tuesday 9 July - play is suspended due to a heavy sea mist and will resume at 7am tomorrow morning on the sound of the fog horn from the GUI officials across the course.
All players must be in position to play at that time - practice is not permitted on the course before play re-commences.
Round 1 of the Matchplay Section will NOT commence until 12.30pm on Wednesday 10 July – the draw will be made and published on line ASAP after the last stroke play round is complete although this could be as late as 12noon. Any player in the matchplay section must be available to play from 12.30pm
Any player not intending to complete his day 2 round must inform the GUI officials at the course ASAP - contact Kevin Stevens 07886 103713
GUI officials will be on course at 5.30am tomorrow (Wednesday) for a weather update, which will be put on line ASAP thereafter.
Details of those players who have withdrawn from the championship can be seen on the revised draws below;
Click here - Draw A
Click here - Draw B
Players shown as a single player MUST proceed to their place on the course and the GUI officials will ensure that they have a marker to complete their second round.
Completed scores from Rounds 1 & 2 are shown below
The 2012 Championship was won by Rory McNamara (Headfort).
The 2013 Championship is sponsored by Cathedral Eye - click here for details of the facilities provided by the company and how they can help with YOUR eyesight. The Championship is underway on the Dunluce & Valley Links in almost perfect overhead conditions, sunny and calm with temperatures expected to be in excess of 24'C. The rising temperatures brought a heavy sea mist over the course resulting in a suspension of play at 5.30pm on Tuesday 9 July.
Click here to be taken to gallery with all images from the 1st Tee at Dunluce on Day 1 of the Championship
Click here to be taken to gallery with all images from the 1st Tee on Dunluce on Day 2 of the Championship
Click here for Day 1 Scores from the Valley Links at close of play on Round 1
Click here for Day 1 Scores from the Dunluce Links at close of play on Round 1
Final Championship Scores from Day 2 are shown below - 100 cards (approx) still to be returned on Wednesday 10 July
A copy of the draw can be obtained by selecting the appropriate link below;
Click here for a copy of the original Draw A
Click here for a copy of the original Draw B
Click here for a copy of the Waiting List
Click here for a copy of the original Player Pack
Refund of Entry Fee:
Entries will not be accepted by letter or telephone and entry fees will not be refunded unless intimation of scratching is received before the closing date for receipt of entry.
Use of a Buggy:
In order to compete in any Ulster Branch Championship/Competition using a buggy, players must conform to the GUI Buggy Policy and have a certificate of disability signed by a registered medical practitioner in the current year – see attached policy and sample certificate for completion. Please note: Buggies will not be provided by the Ulster Branch and their use is subject to the host club permitting the use of the same on their course, during the Championship/Competition in question.
History of the Championship
The North of Ireland Championship has over the last number of years become the biggest and most successful of the major Provincial Championships within Ireland. Each year the Ulster Branch receives upwards of 400 entries of which 300 are accepted with a handicap of around 2.5 or lower. Because of the large entry which leads to the acceptance of a higher handicap than the other major championships in Ireland more young promising player are able to enter. This gives these younger players the opportunity to play the Dunluce Links, one of the great links courses in the world, along with the highly rated Valley Links. Over recent years increased entries have been received from “the South” and from further abroad making this a truly international championship.
The history of the Championship is interesting in that similarly to all the four provincial championships the original idea of running a scratch competition came from the Royal Portrush Golf Club. The original competition was named the Ulster Scratch Singles and was played from 1937 to 1946 as an 18 hole qualifying event with 8 to qualify for match play and an 18 hole final. The Championship trophy “The Harriman Cup” was presented originally to the club by a Mr. H.M.Harriman who won the United States Amateur Championship in 1899 beating the holder Mr. F.S. Douglas 3/2 in the final. Sadly Mr. Douglas was beaten again the following year in the final by Walter Travis who went on to win the Amateur Championship in 1904.
The competition was originally played during the Easter Holidays. In 1947 the Ulster Branch was asked by the club to take over the running of the competition from which time it became known as the North of Ireland Championship. Various changes took place over the years in the structure of the Championship. For the first time in 1953 the Valley Links was used with 8 players qualifying after 36 holes stroke play and a 36 hole final. In 1955 it became a four day event with 32 to qualify following 36 holes stroke play and an 18 hole final. From 1956 to 1964 the final was played over 36 holes. From 1965 to the present the format became 36 holes qualifying over the two links courses with 64 to qualify and an 18 hole final played over 5 days during the July holiday week.
Over the years many players managed to win the championship twice and the goal of a third title was eagerly sought. Perhaps it was possible that a player from Shandon Park had the best chance with eight players having won the North on two occasions. This was not to be as Garth McGimpsey from Bangor having won in 1978 and 1984 brought his winning total to five when he won three titles in a row in 1991, 1992 and 1993. To cement his total control of this championship he won the qualifying gold medal also on five occasions. This incredible individual success by Garth will surely never be equalled.
There were many excellent scores returned over the years in the qualifying section of the championship. The first player to break the 140 mark was Gordon Tinsley (Bangor G.C.) in 1969. The record low qualifying total to date was set in 2003 by Darren Crowe (Dunmurry) with an incredible total of 131. In 2005 Rory McIlroy (Holywood) returned a score over the Dunluce Links of 61 which caused expressions of doubt from the championship scorers. This proved to be a correct score and when asked how he felt playing the eighteenth hole he said he was nervous and tried to play for a safe four and a score of 62. When he looked at his putt he fancied it and proceeded to hole out for an unbelievable 61 and a total of 132. Padraig Harrington returned a fine total of 133 in 1994 and having lost narrowly to Garth McGimpsey in 1992 and to Keith Nolan in 1995 he turned professional. Other players who have had success in the North of Ireland and successfully joined the professional ranks are: Norman Drew, Darren Clarke, Paul McGinley, Michael Hoey, Graeme McDowell, Rory McIlroy, Garth Maybin and Shane Lowry.
The championship welcomed many entries from beyond the province of Ulster through the years from; England, Scotland, Isle of Man, Germany and USA. Also over the years many of the top players from across the border have competed, attracted as much by wanting to play the famous Dunluce Links as attempting to win the Championship. Frank Webster (Portmarnock) was the first player from “the South” to take the Harriman Cup across the border followed by Bob Fleury (Monkstown) 1955, Arthur Pierce (Tipperary) 1987, Keith Nolan (Bray) 1995, Michael McGinley (Grange) 1996 and Shane Lowry (Esker Hills) 2008. On only one occasion has the Harriman Cup left the shores of Ireland and this was in 1994 when Nick Ludwell (Selby) beat Jody Fanagan (Milltown) in the final.
In 1996 to mark the fiftieth year of the Championship special medals were struck and a gathering of past winners attended the annual launch in Aurther’s bar at Guiness Headquarters in Belfast. A dinner was held at Royal Portrush for the past winners and officials of both the Ulster Branch and Royal Portrush Golf Club. A most enjoyable evening when many tall stories were exchanged.