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Thursday, March 22, 2018
King's Cup 2018 - The Qualifiers start at Westport
Westport's par three 9th.
The International King's Cup is kicking off again this weekend with a
qualifier event in each province. If you’re free to play as a pair you should
seriously consider entering as the ‘final’ is a Ryder Cup styled three-day
match-play event between a team from the United States and a team from Ireland.
The tournament, in honour of golf’s greatest ambassador, Mr. Arnold Palmer,
will be played on the Faldo Course at the 5-star luxury Lough Erne Resort, in
County Fermanagh, from Monday 14th to Friday 18th May.
A unique feature of the competition is that it gives players
of all ages and abilities an opportunity to play for Ireland. The road to
qualification for Irish Golfers begins by qualifying from the first of four
provincial qualifiers, with the Connacht event staged in Westport on
Saturday 24th March. From this event, 16 golfers (8 pairs) will go forward
to compete in a final qualifying stage to be played on the Lough Erne Resort in
County Fermanagh on Sunday 15 April, where all 32 pairs from the four qualifiers go head-to-head. From this a 16 man Irish team to play
the USA shall be selected.
There are two age brackets from which the two-man teams can
qualify to secure a spot on the Irish team: Age 18+ and Senior 50+. See Rules of Play below.
Westport's par three 14th hits straight at Croagh Patrick.
Liam Friel and John
Collins are two players who went on to qualify for the final from the Westport
event and they played a significant role in helping Ireland retain the Cup in
Amateur golfers from
across Ireland should really get involved for this year’s qualifiers as the
final is a grand affair. Full details are on the Westport Golf Club website at www.westportgolfclub.ie. Booking can be done through BRS
or by contacting the clubhouse at 098 28262.
The other three
provincial qualifiers are:
Munster Qualifier – Ennis Golf Club: Saturday 31st March
Leinster Qualifier – Dunmurry Springs Golf Club: Sunday 8th April
Ulster Qualifier – Lough Erne Resort: Saturday 7th April
Visit the club websites or make a call to book your spot.
Rules of Play
Format: The format for play is fourball stroke play as defined in Rule 31 per
the USGA® Rules of Golf in which two players play as partners, each playing
their own ball. The lower score of the partners is the score for the hole. If
one partner fails to complete the hole there is no penalty.
Amateurs Only: International Kings cup is open ONLY to amateur golfers holding
an official GUI handicap.
Teams: Teams in the Irish Team Qualifiers may be formed by any
combination of male participants (18 years or older).
Divisions: There are two divisions - Open Division and
Senior Division. The Open Division is open to all ages. The
Senior Division is for Players 50 years of age and above prior to the
provincial qualifier. A player that is 50+ is allowed to compete in the Open
division, but a player that is under 50 is not allowed to compete in the Senior
Flights: Each Division has four flights. Championship,
A-Flight, B-Flight and C-Flight.
· Championship 4.9 or less
A Team Handicap is determined by totaling the handicap index
of player A and player B together and dividing it in half. Example -
Player A is a 10 handicap and player B is a 15 handicap totaling 25.
Divide the total of 25 in half and the Team Handicap is 12.5. That team
would be in the "B" Flight.
No team can have a handicap differential of more than 8 strokes between
teammates. For example - a player that is a 10 handicap cannot
play with a player that is a 24 handicap, unless that player drops his
handicap down from a 24 to 18. Their team handicap would be 10+18=28/2 =