South of Ireland Changes

The South of Ireland will be played in a new format in 2015, a 36 hole strokeplay qualifier has been introduced over the opening two days of the competition.  The top 64 will then progress to the matchplay stages.  Ian Slattery, Captain Lahinch Golf Club, said “over recent years it has been very difficult to attract leading national and international amateur golfers to participate in the South due to a very packed and gruelling schedule of competitions around that time.  The Golfing Union of Ireland has been conscious of the impact of the congested calendar on the competitors and we have been delighted to work with them to ensure that our leading golfers have the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of previous winners of the South such as JB Carr, Paul McGinley, Darren Clarke and Graeme McDowell. With the Interpro’s moving back to the beginning of July and with the changes to the Championship format next year, we see a great opportunity to encourage our leading amateur golfers as well as visitors from overseas, to travel to Lahinch and play one of the world’s greatest links courses mid-summer”

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