The 2018 Mid-West Alliance continued on Sunday 25th February in beautiful sunshine at conditions at Galway Bay Golf Resort. After a frosty start to the morning play got underway in the late morning with a field of 58 teeing it up. The course was in fantastic condition and much thanks must go to all the team there and especially Business Development Manager – Dave Wensley, their GM – Barry Phelan, Course Superintendent – Damien Coleman and Assistant Superintendent – Gary Byrne.
It was the young promising Irish international golfer from Kinsale Golf Club, Cathal Butler, that blitzed the field by 6 shots, finishing with 3 birdies for a 3 under par 39 points that was the best score of the day and also took the Category 1 Top Prize too. Cian Daly from Castletroy GC posted 33 points to claim 2nd in Cat 1 while in Category 2 (4-9 Handicap) Shannon’s Lewy Halpin triumphed with 31 points from Jason Ryan of Dromoland who was 1 shot back on 30pts. 1st Place is the new Over 45s Category (sponsored by Kemmy Stonecraft) was taken by Castletroy’s Stephen Moloney on 32 points with Ed Hayes of Ballybunion the best of those on 31 points on the back 6!
Thanks to all for making the trip to Galway Bay and we look forward to seeing a lot of the #mwagolf competitors for our upcoming Events:
Ballykisteen – Sunday 11th March; Dooks – Saturday 17th March; Dromoland – Sunday 25th March; Dromoland – Sunday 1st April and our last Event at The Heritage on Monday 2nd April. Our Top 18 Shootout (Top 6 from each Category) will then take place at Doonbeg on Sunday 8th April!
The 2018 Mid-West Alliance season started on Sunday 18th February, after the 1st Event at Dromoland unfortunately fell foul of the weather the week before, in testing windy conditions at Trump International Golf Links Ireland (Doonbeg). Heading up the field was 2017 MWA Champ and Irish Amateur Open 2017 Champion, Peter O’Keeffe from Douglas. Joining him were many Irish internationals – young and old – plus many of the region’s best and brightest golfers. We even had a few lads down from the North and from all over Ireland which was great to see.
75 golfers in total took to the course on the day with Castletroy’s Dave Carroll coming in with 32 points – Gross Stableford scoring format – being the best score of the day in blustery west Clare! He pipped Andrew MacCormack in Category 1 (3 handicap & lower) on the Countback with a slightly better back 9. In Category 2 (4-9 Handicap) Jason Twomey took the spoils with 29 points from Adare’s Laurence Kelly in 2nd on 28 points. Our new Over 45s Category (sponsored by Kemmy Stonecraft) begun with Gerard Maher taking 1st place on 30 points while Mid-West Alliance veteran, Fergus Harrold, was 2nd after posting 27 points.
The Mid West Alliance have finalised their 2018 Fixtures and along with a new Format they are ready for the new golfing season!
2017 MWA Champ Peter O’Keeffe
The Mid West Alliance is open to golfers under 9 handicap and will have 3 Categories within their 2018 Events – Category 1 will be for 3 handicap and lower, Category 2 will be for 4-9 handicap golfers while their new Over 45s Category (sponsored by Kemmy Stonecraft) will be just that, for Over 45s under 9 handicap. The MWA will have 7 Events in 2018 with the best 4 cards from each golfer to count towards the Shootout at Trump Doonbeg! The Top 18 that will contest the Shootout will be made up of the Top 6 from each Category. As per previous Alliances, the scoring format will be Gross Stableford.
2017 4-9 Category Champ Alan Neville
After the 7 events The Top 18 will contest the “Sunday Shootout” at Trump Doonbeg on Sunday 8th April 2018 where the Mid West Alliance 2018 Champion will be crowned!! Your top 4 scores from the Events will carry over into the Shootout.
The 2018 Fixtures for the Mid West Alliance are as follows:
Sunday 11th February at Dromoland Castle Golf & Country Club, entry fee €35 per person
Sunday 18th February at Trump Doonbeg, entry fee €55 per person
Sunday 25th February at Galway Bay Golf Resort, entry fee €40 per person
Saturday 3rd March at The Heritage, entry fee €40 per person
Sunday 11th March at Ballykisteen Golf Club, entry fee €30 per person
Saturday 17th March at Dooks Golf Links, entry fee €40 per person
Sunday 25th March at Dromoland Castle Golf & Country Club, entry fee €35 per person
Top 18 Sunday Shootout, Sunday 8th April at Trump Doonbeg