Regional Nine Hole Championship Draws Released

9 Hole Championship Regional Final draws announced

  • 21 April 2017

​Caption: Royal Birkdale; host to the 2017 Open and R&A 9 Hole Championship Final

Nine hole tournament information and Regional Final Draws can be accessed HERE

In 2017, The R&A will run a Nine-Hole Championship which will culminate in a final played over the back 9 at Royal Birkdale Golf Club on the morning of Saturday 15 July 2017 - the week preceeding The Open.

Four lucky pairs from Ireland will play in the final, and will avail of the following:
- R&A will cover the cost of accommodation, excluding extras, in a Southport hotel on the night of Friday 14 July.
- R&A will provide dinner for the finalists in the Royal Birkdale clubhouse on the evening of Friday 14 July.
- R&A will cover all reasonable finalists’ travel costs to and from the venue.
- R&A will provide lunch following golf on Saturday 15 July.

Participating clubs will run club qualifiers over nine holes, the winners of which will represent their club in one of the four regional finals run by the Unions in June 2017. The winning team pair from each regional final will qualify to represent their club and region at Royal Birkdale. 
It is important to note that club qualifiers for this competition are due to played by 14th May. When the winning participants are known, please forward their names (including email, mobile no. and CDH/Golfnet number) to annem@ilgu.ie by Friday 19th May.  

The Club may organise the qualifier – at their discretion – in one of the following ways:
- A nine-hole Mixed competition in which players pick their partners (the combined singles stableford scores of both players counting for the team’s score)
- Separate nine-hole Men’s and Ladies’ competitions (the winner of both going forward as a team to represent their Club at the regional final). 

At the regional final, the combined singles stableford scores of each team member will count towards the team’s total. The winning club pair from each regional final will qualify for the R&A 9 Hole Championship final and will play at Royal Birkdale Golf Club on Saturday 15 July 2017.