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
One of Ireland’s best courses plays host to their Open Week next week as the Ballesterous course at The Heritage stages some superb competitions from Monday 22nd – Friday 26th July. Golfers will compete for prizes worth over €3,000 with sponsors ak Golf, Colgan Sports, Milne O’Dwyer, Connolly Red Mills and Capricorn Properties Ltd providing many of them.
The Ballesterous course at The Heritage remains one of the finest courses in the country along with being one of the best maintainted. I was lucky enough to work here for 15 months and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it, the 9th & 18th holes being one of the many highlights both running alongside each other on either side of the huge lake in front of the majestic clubhouse. Take my word for it that this is a superb golf course but check it out for yourself at the same time!
The lineup for The Heritage Open Week is as follows:
Monday 22nd July – Open Singles
Tuesday 23rd July – 4 Person Team Event
Wednesday 24th July – Open Singles
Thursday 25th July – 4 Person Team Event
Friday 26th July – Open Singles
The entry fee for the Singles competitions is €25 per person while the team entry fee is €100 per team of 4. For bookings call 057 8642321 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, you can also follow The Ballesteros course on twitter (@TheHeritageGC ). Enjoy your golf next week after enjoying watching it this weekend!!