The Belfast Telegraph Foursomes returns this month — and it’s better than ever.
Although clubs from right across Northern Ireland will still be competing for the Jack Magowan Trophy, two major changes have been made to the format of the prestigious tournament.
This year the semi-finals and final will be held over two days at the Radisson BLU Farnham Estate in County Cavan, instead of the home club of the defending champions. And the competition entry has been widened to allow golfers of any handicap to enter for the first time.
“We are anticipating a great response to this year’s enlarged and improved Telegraph Foursomes,” said Gary Posnett of organisers Posnett golf.
“Although the competition has been very successful in its 40-year history, we wanted to open it up to as many golfers as possible and possibly attract interest from clubs who had perhaps not been involved for one reason or another in the past.
“Entry is open to anyone with an official handicap of up to 28 and the competition will be played in four handicap categories.
“We have had significant interest in the lower handicap categories, but the two higher categories are wide open.
“So as things stand, there’s an easy route through to the matchplay stages for someone — but that won’t be the case for long.”
Farnham Estate will be the venue for the semi-finals and final for the next couple of years and for all the competitors who will enjoy a complimentary overnight stay at the resort.
There are plans, though, to take the finals to mainland Europe — Portugal or Spain are the likely candidates — in the future.
Qualifying is being held on Sunday, September 26 at the home of the defending champions, Fortwilliam in north Belfast.
The category finals are also being played at Fortwilliam on October 10 and the finals in Co Cavan on the weekend of October 21 and 22.
“Anyone with an official handicap can enter — either through their club or on their own,” added Gary.
“The tournament will be played just as it always has been in the past in the alternate shot format, open to all male players with an official GUI handicap.”
The Golf Centre, which has outlets in Belfast and Lisburn has teamed up with the Telegraph as the major sponsor of the Foursomes.
“We are delighted to have been asked to become involved in such a major event on the Northern Ireland golfing scene as the Belfast Telegraph Foursomes,” said owner Leslie Steel.
“This is an event which really captures the imagination of golfers from across the country.”
Entries for this year’s competition can be made at Posnettgolf.com.