Regional qualifiers for R&A 9 Hole Challenge

​​​​Killiney, Tubbercurry, Tipperary and Rockmount will host the four 9-Hole Regional finals between 10th – 18th June with the winning pair from each regional final qualifying for the Championship final

  • 10 June 2019

​Caption: Royal Portrush Golf Club - Image by Golffile


Killiney (13th June 2019)
Declan Meagher and Lisa Howe from Carton House Golf Club qualify for R&A 9 Hole Final at Royal Portrush with an impressive total of 40 points.

Tipperary (14th June 2019)
Damian Fahey and Mary Fehily from Adare Golf Club win the 9 hole Regional final at Tipperary Golf Club with 36 points, defeating Liam O’Dwyer and Kate Hennessy from Gowran Park on a countback (last 6).​

The Irish Ladies’ Golf Union and the Golfing Union of Ireland are once again running a 9-Hole Championship which will culminate in a Grand Final conducted by The R&A at the 2019 Open Championship venue, Royal Portrush, on Saturday 13th July 2019 – the week before The 148th Open Championship.

Representatives from 146 clubs in Ireland will travel to Killiney, Tubbercurry, Tipperary and Rockmount, to compete in the 9-Hole Regional finals between 10th – 18th June. The winning pair from each regional final will qualify for the Championship final in Royal Portrush.

Participating clubs have been running club qualifiers over 9 holes, the winners of which, one male and one female, represent their club in one of the four regional finals. Finalists from Ireland will compete against qualifiers from England, Scotland and Wales to become 2019 Nine Hole Challenge Champions.

The four winning pairs from Ireland will play in the final, and will avail of the following:
- R&A will cover the cost of accommodation on the night of Friday 12th July near Royal Portrush Golf Club.
- R&A will provide dinner for the finalists in Royal Portrush clubhouse on the evening of Friday 12th July.
- R&A will cover all reasonable finalists’ travel costs to and from the venue.
- R&A will provide lunch following golf on Saturday 13th July.

Ready Golf will be encouraged during play of the 2019 Final and during all qualifying events. The practice can be used in stroke play and includes a number of actions that can help to improve the flow of golfers around the course.

Examples of Ready Golf in action are:
- Hitting a shot when safe to do so if a player farther away faces a challenging shot and is taking time to assess their options
- Shorter hitters playing first from the tee or fairway if longer hitters have to wait
- Hitting a tee shot if the person with the honour is delayed in being ready to play
- Hitting a shot before helping someone to look for a lost ball
- Putting out even if it means standing close to someone else’s line
- Hitting a shot if a person who has just played from a greenside bunker is still farthest from the hole but is delayed due to raking the bunker
- When a player’s ball has gone over the back of a green, any player closer to the hole should play while the other player is having to walk to their ball and assess their shot