West of Ireland format changing again

This year’s West of Ireland Amateur Golf Championship at County Sligo Golf Club will have a new format when it takes place over the Easter Weekend (April 10-14th).

The Championship committee has decided to amend the traditional format of 36 hole stroke play followed by match play knockout for the leading 64 players.

In 2020 and 2021, the Championship shall be decided by 54 holes of stroke play over three consecutive days from which the leading 16 players shall then compete in knockout match play over the remaining two days to determine the champion. The championship shall therefore remain as a five-day event commencing on Good Friday and finishing on Easter Tuesday.

The now customary 18 Hole stroke play qualifier shall remain and will take place on Wednesday April 8th, 2020.

The 2019 West of Ireland also had a change of format. It was played over four rounds of strokeplay to keep it in sync with the Flogas Irish Amateur Open, which was also hosted by Co Sligo Golf Club as part of its 125th birthday celebrations. Dundalk’s Caolan Rafferty was the eventual winner. Listen back to Ocean FM Sport’s commentary highlights here, as described by Cathal Mullaney, Shane Flanagan and Robbie Fitzpatrick:


The 2020 West of Ireland Amateur Open Championship will be played at Couny Sligo Golf Club from April 10th – 14th inclusive and marks the first of ten events in the GUI’s Bridgestone Order of Merit.