Change in format for the 2020 West of Ireland Open Championship

​​​54 Hole Stroke Play and Top 16 for Match Play

  • 16 January 2020

Press Release

Immediate Publication


"2020 West of Ireland Amateur Open Championship Conditions"

The West of Ireland Championship Committee having recently convened have agreed the Terms of Competition for the 2020 Championship.

The Committee reflected on what was the acknowledged success of the first staging of the championship in 72 Hole stroke play format in 2019.

In keeping with the strong traditions of the Championship and the excellent partnership in the hosting and running of the championship between County Sligo Golf Club and Connacht Golf, the Championship Committee have unanimously agreed, on a two year trial, to amend the traditional format of 36 hole stroke play followed by match play knockout for the leading 64 players.

In 2020 and 2021, the Championship shall be decided by 54 holes of stroke play over three consecutive days from which the leading 16 players shall then compete in knockout match play over the remaining two days to determine the champion.

The championship shall therefore remain as a five-day event commencing on Good Friday and finishing on Easter Tuesday.

The now customary 18 Hole stroke play qualifier shall remain and will take place on Wednesday April 8th, 2020.

The 2020 West of Ireland Amateur Open Championship shall be played from April 10th – 14th inclusive and marks the first of ten events in the GUI's Bridgestone Order of Merit.

Enda Lonergan,

Executive Officer Connacht Golf

West of Ireland Championship Tournament Director

16th January 2020


 Image; 2019 Champion, Caolan Rafferty (Dundalk), image courtesy of GolfFile (Thos Caffrey)