GUI revamps championships
The GUI is set to announce sweeping changes to its championships this season with format changes to the two biggest international events and two new titles on offer, WRITES BRIAN KEOGH
The Irish Amateur Open and Irish Boys Amateur Open will remain 72-hole events but will be played over four days rather than three.
There will now be a cut for the top 50 and ties after three rounds rather than after two in both events, ensuring that players are guaranteed three competitive rounds.
The Irish Amateur Open Strokeplay will be played at Royal Dublin from May 8-11 with the Irish Boys Amateur Open Strokeplay set for Thurles from June 24-27.
The GUI has also decided to create two new championships – the Irish Mid-Amateur Championship at Roscommon Golf Club for the first time from June 21-22 while the inaugural Irish Boys U-13 Amateur Open Championship will take place at Malahide on August 11.
The Irish Seniors Amateur Open Championship will be played at Waterville from May 28-30 and the Irish Boys U-15 Amateur Open Championship at Castlewarden from August 19-20.
HEALY AND GREHAN FIND GOING TOUGH
Irish pair Stephen Healy and Stuart Grehan struggled in the opening round of the South American Amateur Championship in Colombia.
Healy, a former Irish Boys Champion from Claremorris, finished with a seven-over-par 79 while ex-Irish Youths Close champion Stuart Grehan from Tullamore carded an 80 to trail England's Jimmy Mullen from Royal North Devon who shot 66.
SULLIVAN STARS FOR ANDREW'S
one moment of magic from centre Peter Sullivan earned St Andrew's a 13-6 win over Wesley College and sent them through to a Beauchamps Leinster Schools Fr Godfrey Junior Cup semi-final date with The High School.
DERBY WINNER SMITH DIES
Kevin Smith, one of the leading personalities in Irish greyhound circles, has died following a short illness. Smith was co-owner with Aidan O'Regan of the 2003 Irish Derby winner Climate Control.