Lee Valley are set for a bumper event next month as they’ll host the 54 hole EMC Lee Valley Senior Scratch Cup. Plans are at an advanced stage for the important competition and this year the competition is a counting event for the World Amateur Golf Rankings. The WAGR status is likely to help Tournament Director Vincent Drinan and the organising committee, and several high profile amateurs have already entered. Since Jeff Hopkins turned professional in late 2015, there are now 12 former entrants who have headed for the paid ranks. This of course includes current PGA Tour player Shane Lowy who win the Lee Valley Senior Scratch Cup in 2009.
That was the first year that the event was run over three rounds and Vincent Drinan has been managing the timesheet for each of the past nine years. Already this year Vincent has had queries from Kildare, Dublin and Belfast. The event is limited to 81 golfers, everyone will play 36 holes on Saturday with the top 30 qualifying for the final 18 holes on Sunday. EMC have come on board as main sponsors of the event, taking over from UCC Mardyke Arena who had a very successful partnership with Lee Valley over the past four years.
The competition takes place on 17th & 18th April and is right in the middle of an important swing for anyone with hope of making the Munster Inter-Provincial team. There are four Order of Merit events taking place over four successive weekends in April and anyone playing well in April will have a great chance of making the Munster team to play in Fota in July. The first competitive open of the season takes place on Sunday as the Top Golfer Senior Scratch Cup takes place in Fota Island. A full time sheet is in place for the 18 hole competition and that will mark the start of the new golfing season for many Cork golfers.