The AIG Irish Amateur Close Golf Championship returned this year at Ballyliffin. Running halfway through August from 16th to the 20th. This year John-Ross Galbraith from Whitehead, who won in 2014 at Seapoint, took the title held by last year's victor McLarnon who won out a fine victory at Tramore fending off a hungry Alex Gleeson.
Six of the Ireland team stepped up to compete this year, Alex Gleeson being the highest ranked player to take to fairways and other notable names with a mixture of titles to their names present such as Colm Campbell, Colm O'Rourke and Robin Dawson.
Ballyliffin boasts of its most northerly golf course in Ireland status and is steeped in 21 years of history so the course showed itself to be a steady challenge and with a collection of proven golfers in tow, this year was filled with excitement, drama and keen challenges for all involved.
McLarnon from Massereene looked keen to get a back to back win and appropriately join a roll of honour that includes McIlroy who won and subsequently defended the AIG Close in 2016.
Ballyliffin harbours a culture of golf as the love of the game is present around the Inishown peninsula and the club has been a pillar and vocal point of the community since its creation nearly 80 years ago in the early 1940s. Stunning views and beautiful tranquility seep into every pour as one stands on the greens making this an ideal location for a fine championship of Irish amateur golfing.
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