Cork teenager is leading qualifier for golf’s West of Ireland

16-year-old Mel Deasy from county Cork carded a round of three-under-par 68 in Sunday’s strokeplay qualifier at Co Sligo Golf Club to earn himself a place in the main championship draw for next week’s Radisson Blu Sligo West of Ireland Amateur Open.

90 golfers were trying to secure one of the 12 qualier places on offer on Sunday. Deasy’s round was the lowest round of the day and it means the Lee Valley clubman will be in the opening three-ball when the champions tees-off on Thursday morning (April 7th) at Rosses Point.

The Lee Valley golfer was off early on Sunday morning and made the most of the round.  Despite two birdies on his front nine, a double meant he turned on level par.  He came back in in three under though with birdies o the 12th, 14th and 15th holes.

He was the only golfer to break par and finished three shots ahead of the field.

Listen to Mel’s interview with Ocean FM Sport here:


Local golfer Declan Reidy was another of the 12 qualifiers as he carded a round of one-over-par 72.

The final qualifying places were determined via a play-off on Sunday evening with Darragh Flynn from Carton House beating Castletroy’s John Hadnett at the third extra tie hole.

The 2019 West of Ireland is being moved from its traditional Easter Weekend date to April 4-7th – and is being played as a four-round strokeplay competition.

Rosses Point will also stage the prestigous Flogas Irish Amateur Open in May – and its proximity to the West prompted the change of date and format for 2019.

The 2019 Radisson Blu Sligo West of Ireland
Thursday April 4 – Sunday, April 7, 2019
Co Sligo Golf Club

Live coverage throughout the week on Ocean FM Sport – in association with DNG Flanagan Ford, Sligo.