As a championship course and venue, County Sligo Golf Club has hosted some very significant national and international events over the years. The club is the home of the famous West of Ireland Open amateur championship played every Easter since 1923. It has hosted many other prestigious events including the Home Internationals, the Inter Provincial Championship, the Irish Amateur Open Championship, the Irish Amateur Close, the Irish Professional Matchplay Championship and the All Ireland Cups & Shields Finals.
2011 will be a very significant year in the club's history as it will play host to two major international events, the Men's Home Internationals (August 10th - 12th) and the Carr Mara Trophy (September 5th - 7th). The Senior and Boy's Interprovincials will also be staged from July 19th - 21st.
The Home Internationals is the premier amateur team event in Great Britain and Ireland which is contested on an annual basis by England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Each team is represented by the eleven leading amateur players in their respective countries, playing Ryder Cup style matchplay in a round robin format. The winners will be presented with the magnificent Raymond Trophy.
The Carr Mara golf tournament is competed for bi-annually with the host club alternating between Ireland and the US every two years. The inaugural event was held in 2007 at Portmarnock Golf Club, Dublin, Ireland. Ten golf clubs participated in the first tournament which was won by the Olympic Golf Club San Francisco, California. The trust was set up to celebrate a pair of sporting greats who passed away a few years earlier: Joe Carr, Irish amateur golfing legend and member of the World Golf Hall of Fame – and Wellington Mara, longtime owner of the New York Giants and member of Winged Foot Golf Club.
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