Lahinch Golf Club will welcome back the South of Ireland Amateur Open Championships this July for the first time in 24 months.
150 of Ireland’s leading amateur golfers will play in the 36-hole strokeplay qualifier over Wednesday July 21st and Thursday July 22nd, with the top 64 qualifying for the matchplay part of the competition which starts on Friday and concludes with the semi-finals and final on Sunday 25th July.
After the cancellation of last year’s tournament, the 119th hosting of the Championship at the world famous Lahinch links is already garnering excitement. Pierse Motors Volkswagen, based in Tipperary town have confirmed their continued sponsorship of Ireland’s oldest Championship.
Captain of Lahinch Golf Club, Johnny O’Brien was confident golf would return to being the talk of the village when the South returns. “The South, played mid-summer at peak holiday time in Lahinch, is generally regarded as the most enjoyable of the amateur ‘majors’ where golf is the talk of the village throughout the week. Lahinch Golf Club is appreciative of the support of Golf Ireland in ensuring that our leading golfers have the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of previous winners such as John Burke, JB Carr, Paul McGinley, Darren Clarke, and Graeme McDowell.”
“While we were not in a position to host the Championship last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year, more than ever, Lahinch and the surrounding area is gearing up for another memorable five days of golf and visitors are welcome to come along and join in the festivities along the west coast of Clare this July,” O’Brien added.
Jim Long, Chairperson, Munster Region Golf Ireland said they were thrilled to continue their long association with Lahinch Golf Club. “The South of Ireland Championship is one of the oldest and most prestigious championships in the world and we wish all the competitors well when the tournament commences in a few weeks. The roll of honour of past winners truly reflects the high esteem in which the South of Ireland is held by both the players and supporters of amateur golf.”
Closing date for entries is midnight on Wednesday 23rd June 2021.