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Wednesday 3rd April 2019

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SUBSCRIBE WEDNESDAY 3.4.19 WWW.IRISHGOLFER.IE CONTENTS AGENDA COLUMNS & OPINIONS PREVIEW THIS WEEK'S EVENTS NEW GEAR THE LATEST KIT REVEALED WEEKLY ROUNDUP THE LATEST GOLF NEWS VIDEO OF THE WEEK Digital Editor: Peter Finnan peter@matchplaymedia.ie Tel: 01 5036099 Print Editor: John Shortt john@matchplaymedia.ie Tel: 01 5036090 Sub Editor: John Craven CONTACT US Match Play Media Disclaimer: Copyright Match Play Media 2019. The publisher cannot accept responsibility for, nor do they agree with any of the views expressed, statements or claims made in any article, news items or advertisement published in this magazine. WWW.IRISHGOLFER.IE Publishers: Match Play Media Limited, G13, Maynooth Business Campus, Maynooth, Co. Kildare Contributors: Liam Kelly, Ivan Morris, Kevin Markham, Bernie Maguire, Paul Kelly, Paul Gallagher, Niall O'Shea, John Craven, Mary Doyle, Mark McGowan, Donal 'Doc' Hughes, GolfCentralDaily Design: EMCreative.ie Photography: Getty Images, Golffile, R&A, Pat Cashman, USGA Peter Finnan, on behalf of the team T his week is one of firsts with the inaugural Augus- ta National Women's Amateur taking place in Georgia ahead of next week's Masters, the West of Ireland switching to an unfamiliar stroke play format at Rosses Point and maybe the most unusual first set to take place in Jordan for the inaugural Mixed Open presented by Ayla. This innovative event will be the first professional golf tour- nament to bring male, female and senior golfers together in one field to compete for the same prize and I for one can't wait to see how it's received. There will be 40 players from each of the European Challenge Tour, the over-50s Staysure Tour and the Ladies European Tour as well as three high-level amateur golfers making up the 123-play- er field. Ireland's well represent- ed with Michael Hoey, Cormac Sharvin and Robin Dawson all taking part from the Challenge Tour while Headfort's Brendan McGovern is sure to bring some senior flair from the Staysure Tour too. The Jordan Mixed Open will be a 54-hole stroke play event with a cut to the top-60 players and ties for the final round. The player with the lowest score for the tournament will win the Jordan Mixed Open. To event things up a little, Chal- lenge Tour players will compete from approximately 7,100 yards, Staysure Tour players face a 6,601-yard layout while the La- dies European Tour players will compete from approximately 6,139 yards. With a total prize fund on offer of USD$393,000, the winner will earn $60,465. It will be fascinating to see how all three tours compare. With the ladies taking over Augusta and The West switching to strokeplay, it's incredible to think that both events might be surpassed in the 'we're going through changes' stakes this week. A WEEK OF FIRSTS

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