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New Carton House event provides a real taste of the Majors

Published 22/06/2011 | 05:00

FANCY a taste of the professional experience? Then why not try the inaugural 'Majors Tour' event to be played at Carton House from July 30 to August 1.

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Open to all club golfers with a GUI handicap, this is a three-day competition on a stableford format.

The plan is for a field of 180 players to play two rounds over the Montgomerie Course at Carton House, with only the top 90 making it to the last day.

The groups in the last round will play the same way as the professionals -- leaders go out last, knowing they have it all to do.

Organiser Denis Cullen says: "Making the cut would be an achievement; getting a top-ten finish would be a bigger achievement and winning would be pretty special.

"We want to create something a bit different for the handicap golfer.

"We will have live, in-play leaderboards so that players will know how they are progressing through the competition.

"This will also allow players to feel real pressure and test their ability to stay calm and focused when the heat is on.

"Unlike the regular weekly competitions, the Majors Tour will not use the count-back system to determine the winner in the case of a tie.

"Instead a sudden death play-off will take place replicating the professional tour and adding considerably to the drama."

Entry fee is €130, which guarantees the first two rounds -- three if you make the cut.

Entries close on Friday, July 1.

For further details phone Cullen at 086-1570884 or check out www.themajorstour.com

Irish Independent

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