Leona launches open defence
THE elite competitors in Irish amateur men and women's golf will be on display at two renowned links courses in the north and south of the island.
Royal Portrush seems to be the epicentre of all golfing matters this year with the Irish Close championship there this weekend (Friday to Sunday), the Irish Open scheduled for June 28-July 1, and the amateur North of Ireland championship from July 9-13.
At The Island in north County Dublin, the Irish Women's Open Stroke Play championship takes place over 54 holes on Saturday and Sunday. Leona Maguire (Slieve Russell) launches her defence of the title.
Maguire, fresh from her selection on the GB&I Curtis Cup team to play the USA in Nairn next month, led from wire to wire to win last year's championship at Elm Park.
Her twin, Lisa, first reserve for the Curtis Cup, will also be a strong challenger for the championship.