BY Daragh Small
This week marks the beginning of one of the most hectic periods in the Irish golfing calendar with the 2023 Flogas Irish Men’s and Women’s Amateur Open Championships taking place.
The Men’s event, which dates back to 1892, will see 55 players from outside Ireland compete with the best of the Irish to try and dislodge reigning champion Colm Campbell at The Island, from 11 to 14 May.
Woodbrook plays host to the Women’s and Girls’ championships between 19 and 21 May, with Ireland looking for its own winner in 2023 following Scotland’s Lorna McClymont win last year.
The Flogas Irish Men’s and Women’s Amateur Open Championships will also act as another crucial juncture in the ongoing race for the Bridgestone Order of Merit. Grange’s Jake Whelan tops the men’s section following his impressive run in the West of Ireland and Munster Amateur Open Championships. Emma Fleming’s (Elm Park) scintillating start to 2023 has her leading the women’s championship.
The Men’s Amateur Open tees off on Thursday 11 May at the Island, and John Rooney, Managing Director of Flogas Ireland, is excited about the opportunity to witness some of the world’s finest amateur golfers battle it out on the formidable North County Dublin links.
“Flogas is honoured to support the Irish Men’s and Women’s Amateur Open Championships again this year, and we look forward to witnessing their incredible talent on our golf courses over the coming weeks. Our commitment to nurturing Ireland’s up-and-coming golfing stars is testament to our dedication to the sport,” said Rooney.
Golf Ireland CEO Mark Kennelly is also enthusiastic about the upcoming championships, after the amateur season kicked into gear in recent weeks.
“We are grateful for Flogas’ sponsorship, which plays a crucial role in the growth and success of the Irish Amateur Open Championships. These events provide an excellent opportunity for our leading amateurs to compete and develop their skills, and we are excited to see the talent on display in 2023.”
The Island Captain Stephen Craig added: “We are delighted to host the Flogas Irish Men’s Amateur Open at our golf course again. The event has a rich history and has seen numerous outstanding golfers compete throughout the years.”
Woodbrook General Manager Kyle Cannon said, “Woodbrook is honoured to be the chosen venue for the Flogas Irish Women’s Amateur Open this year. We are committed to providing a world-class golfing experience for all competitors and look forward to showcasing their exceptional talent.”
For more information about the Flogas Irish Men’s and Women’s Amateur Opens, please visit the Golf Ireland website.
Caption: Kyle Cannon General Manager Woodbrook Golf Club, John Rooney MD Flogas, Mark Kennelly CEO Golf Ireland and Stephen Craig at The Island GC in Donabate for the launch of the Flogas Irish Men’s Amateur Open Picture: Golffile/Fran Caffrey.
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