Irish Amateur Open

The Golf Union of Ireland was founded in 1891 and the following year this new national golfing authority was organizing the Irish Championship Meeting at Royal Portrush, with the Irish Amateur Open Championship as the main match play event.

Irish Amateur Open Championship Trophy

A resolution was passed at a meeting of delegates in Belfast on 25 March 1892 to provide a Championship trophy “and that members of the Clubs of the Union be requested to contribute thereto the sum of 2/6 each to establish the said trophy”.

From an entry of 32 players for the first Amateur, three English and ten Scottish golfers took part and the winner to emerge was one of these overseas players, Alexander Stuart from the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, who defeated JH Andrew from Prestwick St Nicholas 1 up in the Final.

The composition of this inaugural final was a taste of things to come in the formative years of the Irish Amateur. In the twenty two competitions before World War I, forty of the forty-four finalists were non-Irish players.

Henry Boyd of Portmarnock was the first Irish winner at Royal Dublin in 1905 then shortly after this Lionel Munn from North West in Donegal lifted the trophy in three successive years, starting in 1909. Still, he wasn’t the first to achieve such a hat-trick of victories as Harold Hilton from Royal Liverpool accomplished the same feat between 1900 and 1902.

Another Royal Liverpool member, John Ball, also won the Irish Amateur (at Royal County Down in 1893, Royal Dublin in 1894 and Portmarnock in 1899) and he, along with Hilton, were also the first two amateurs to win the Open. Only Bobby Jones has joined them in capturing the world’s most prestigious championship as an amateur.


Irish Amateur Open host courses

Fota Island (Deerpark)

3rd Cork - Best in Area 37th Ireland Ranking

The Deerpark course at Fota Island has played host to three Irish Open Amateur Championships and the Irish PGA Championship, impressive for a track which only opened for play in 1993.


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Royal Dublin

4th Dublin - Best in Area 23rd Ireland Ranking

Royal Dublin Golf Club is located on Bull Island, in Dublin Bay. The island was formed following the building of a sea wall in the early 1800s. The result is a perfect sandy island, superb terrain for a golf course...


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Royal Portrush (Dunluce)

1st Antrim - Best in Area 2nd Northern Ireland Ranking 4th Britain & Ireland Ranking 11th World Ranking

The Dunluce links at Royal Portrush Golf Club is named after the ruined Dunluce castle that overlooks the course. Seven years after the club's formation, the first professional golf tournament in Ireland, won by Sandy Herd in 1895, was staged here.


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Irish Amateur Open Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Shane Kelly Courses Played 10
= Fergal O'Leary Courses Played 10
= Brian Ward Courses Played 10
= Steven O' Sullivan Courses Played 10
= erik k Courses Played 10
6 gary sheils Courses Played 9
= Michael Keating Courses Played 9
= Helmut Baeck Courses Played 9
= Malcolm Baker Courses Played 9
10 Ray Martin Courses Played 8