West of Ireland Open: Match Play Underway
The County Sligo Golf Club <br>(Photo Courtesy of The County Sligo Golf Club)</br>
The County Sligo Golf Club
(Photo Courtesy of The County Sligo Golf Club)

COUNTY SLIGO, IRELAND (March 27, 2016)--The match play portion of the West of Ireland got underway today at The County Sligo Golf Club and field has been cut from 64 to 16 after 36-holes of golf. Play will continue tomorrow with the round of 16 and the quarterfinals.


Sean Flanagan vs. Richard Knightly

Colm Campbell vs. Des Morgan

Theo Coffey vs. Gavin Fitzmaurice

Daniel Holland vs. Aaron Grant

Kevin Le Blanc vs. Stephen Brady

Dermot McElroy vs. Cathal Butler

Jonathan Yates vs. Harry Duggan

Caolan Rafferty vs. Matthew Kane

Following the completion of play tomorrow the field will be whittled down to four. The final day of competition will be another 36-holes with the semifinals in the morning and championship match in the afternoon.


It has been a difficult two days at the West of Ireland Open with the wind recking havoc on the competition. After the winds of yesterday carried over to today the Championship Committee has decided to reduce qualifying to just 18-holes.

Late in the second day of qualifying it finally reached a point where the wind gusts of 50 MPH were simply to much to allow play to continue at The County Sligo Golf Club. As a result, despite a large majority of the field completing the second round those scores will wiped away and just the opening 18-holes will be counted as qualifying scores for the match play portion of the event.

With scores reduced to 18-holes of play Sean Flanagan playing on his home course will be the top seed. He shot an opening day 2-over par 73.

The West of Ireland Open is the first major amateur event of the year in Ireland. In the past it has seen many winners become world stars in the game of golf. Most notably are Rory McIlroy (2005, 2006), Padraig Harrington (1994) and Shane Lowry (2008).

Results For West of Ireland Open Amateur Championship
WinIrelandJonathan YatesIreland400
Runner-upIrelandDaniel HollandIreland300
SemifinalsNorthern IrelandColm CampbellNorthern Ireland200
SemifinalsNorthern IrelandDermot McElroyNorthern Ireland200
QuarterfinalsIrelandSean FlanaganIreland100

View full results for West of Ireland Open Amateur Championship

ABOUT THE West of Ireland Open Amateur

Match play open amateur event; 36 holes of qualifying determines a match play bracket of 64 players.

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