|2017 Irish Open Players Information pack|
Play will commence on Saturday 18th February at 10.00am (a rolling start with groups of two or three players, all starting at hole 1, going out at 5 minute intervals) with all players playing 5 rounds on Saturday. Once the tournament has started, there will be no practice permitted on the Aztec Course until the final group have finished their 5th round. Each player will have one practice shot at the start of each round.
The estimated finish time for the final group of the 5th round on Saturday is 5.00pm.
Sunday will consist of 2 further rounds for all players, with play starting no later than 9.00am (the start time will be confirmed before the weekend event tees off) after which the top 18 players qualify for a third and final round of the day (the Super Play off!) to decide the winner. The estimated finish time (including presentations) on Sunday is 2.30pm
Any play offs across the weekend will take place as sudden death from Hole 1.
The prize fund up for the weekend is as follows;
There will also be additional prizes for the top placed Irish Players as follows:
The tournament is being run with a rolling start (led out on round 1 by Michal Stach from the Czech Republic) enabling players to watch other players throughout the day (there will always be people out on the course!) and offers a unique insight into the challenges that the course provides.
Players remain in their groups throughout the 5 rounds on Saturday (alternating the playing order) and the tee off times for round 1 are listed below, along with the groups for the day (Please note the groups are subject to change if there are any late entrants or withdrawals but should they change the timings will be similar).
Results from the Irish Open, will be live on the World Wide Web from Saturday morning at http://bmga.co.uk/2017IO/result.htm.
Players must ensure that they report to the Officials post at the course no later than 15 minutes before their scheduled tee-off time.
Each subsequent round will tee off approx 20 minutes after the end of your previous round (please note these timings are approx). The plan is that you will tee-off your next round 70-80 minutes after your previous round tee off time i.e. Group 1 will tee-off round 1 at 10.00am, Round 2 at 11.10am, Round 3 at 12.20am, Round 4 at 2pm (giving a longer break between rounds 3 & 4) and their final round on Saturday at 3.10pm.
The Tee off areas for the competition will be in place on Thursday morning along with details of any course specific rulings.
Sean Homer is the Tournament Director for the weekend.
The course is open from 10am until 11pm each day and are offering free practice for all Irish Open competitors from Monday 13th February (players just need to give their name and provide ID at the counter). Players need to ensure that they do not hold up any of the public when practicing as the course will be open to the public. The course will be closed to the public for the weekend and also for the practice session between 10am and 3pm on Friday 17th.
On Friday evening from 7pm the course will be hosting an opening ceremony/reception with food and refreshments being supplied for all entrants. Throughout the week players can benefit from a 10% discount on any food and drink onsite at the course.
Players will be able to get access to the course on Saturday morning from 8am (details of Sunday access will be communicated once the start time for day two has been confirmed).
If you have any questions regarding the Irish Open please do not hesitate to contact me and I look forward to seeing you in Dublin!
BMGA website: www.minigolf.org.uk