Royal rumble for playoffs
Golf helps many worthy causes and golfers from Leinster and Dublin will do their bit for the National Council for the Blind (NCBI) in the HolmPatrick Cup playoffs at Royal Dublin this Sunday.
The trophy was presented to the NCBI by Lady HolmPatrick in 1932, with Dun Laoghaire's JS Scott and RR Cosgrave the inaugural winners.
Two spots are up for grabs, with Dublin county represented by Beaverstown, Hermitage and Hollywood Lakes, with Clontarf, Grange and Royal Dublin representing Dublin city.
Delgany (Wicklow), Glasson (Westmeath), Gowran Park (Kilkenny),Kilcock (Meath), Killerig (Carlow). Seapoint (Louth), Tullamore (Offaly), The K Club (Kildare), The Heath (Laois) and Wexford (Wexford) complete the start list.
Two clubs will qualify to join the Munster qualifier from Castletroy (September 18) and the Connacht/Ulster victor from Lough Erne (August 28) in the 36-hole HolmPatrick Cup final over the New and Old Course at St Andrews from October 10 to 12.
Since the inauguration of the 'Race to St Andrews' in 2005, no fewer than 88 Irish golfers have had the unique experience of playing the Old course.
There have been 49 winning clubs from 20 counties over the past 84 years, with Clontarf and Grange leading the way with six victories each, followed by Royal Dublin with four and Howth, St Anne's and Rossmore (3 each).