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Belfast Telegraph Foursomes: No handicap to a late entry

By Peter Hutcheon

Places are still available for this year's Belfast Telegraph Foursomes competition.

The qualifying event will be played at Donaghadee Golf Club on Sunday and entries will be taken right up until Saturday.

As with last year, entry is open to players of all handicaps and there are plenty of available places in the higher handicap categories.

The final will be played over two days at the Radisson Blu Farnham Estate in Co Cavan in October.

“The Belfast Telegraph Foursomes is always a tournament we look forward to and after making the finals last year and experiencing the great trip to Farnham Estate we can't wait for this year's competition,” said Ryan Hay, one half of last year's successful Donaghadee partnership.

“It is an honour for Donaghadee to be asked to host this prestigious tournament and we look forward to welcoming golfers from all over the province to the Co Down coast.

“For those that haven't played Donaghadee for a few years, they will be pleasantly surprised at the extensive improvements which have been made.

“Course architect Howard Swann has done an impressive job implementing those changes and the course represents a stern but enjoyable challenge for golfers of all levels.”

The format for this year's competition remains the same as last year and is open to pairs of male golfers with an official handicap.

There are four handicap categories: Category one for golfers with handicaps no greater than 5.4; Category two for players with handicaps between 5.5 and 12.4; Category three for golfers with handicaps between 12.5 and 20.4; Category four for players with handicaps between 20.5 and 28.4.

Traditionally the Belfast Telegraphs Foursomes — with the Jack Magowan Trophy up for grabs — was a competition for lower handicap golfers, and organiser Gary Posnett is expecting a much bigger entry from players with higher handicaps this time.

“It takes time for word to spread and people to get the message that the Telegraph Foursomes is now open to golfers of pretty much all abilities,” he explained.

“Last year entries did take a while to start coming in as the word spread around the clubs that the entry level was now much wider.

“But taking the final to Farnham Estate over a couple of days was a huge success and we have had a great deal of interest from players of all abilities this year.”

The format will be strokeplay foursomes (alternate shot) with the teams playing against the other competitors from the same handicap category.

Players of any handicap can make up a team but they will play in the category of their lowest player's handicap.

Players under the age of 18 can enter, but only if they are partnered by a family member who is over the age of 18.

Stage two, the semi-finals and finals in each category, will be held at Donaghadee on Sunday September 4. The format for the final stages is matchplay.

And the final will be held at Radisson Blu Farnham Estate on October 19-21.

Teams wanting to enter should visit and follow the links for Belfast Telegraph Foursomes.

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