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International King's Cup 2017

Leading amateur golfers from across the USA and Ireland will converge on Northern Ireland’s epic fairways in May this year for a competition which will see the best players from both sides of the Atlantic battle it out for one of the most prestigious trophies in amateur golf.


Billed as the amateur Ryder Cup, The International King's Cup Match Play Event is a leading amateur event played in honour of golf’s greatest ambassador, Mr. Arnold Palmer. Four provincial qualifiers will be staged across the length and breadth of Ireland in a bid to find the best Irish team to take on the USA in a three day 54 Hole Matchplay Tournament from 22nd May until 25th May 2017.


The event is structured like the Ryder Cup and was created in 2016 when the United States Golf Challenge, the largest pairs better ball tournament brought their leading 8 pairs -16-man amateur team across to Northern Ireland to compete against Ireland in the first ever International Kings Cup.


The format of the event is unique as it has openings for every person who holds an official GUI handicap. There is also two age brackets from which the two man teams can qualify under (Age 18+ and Senior 50+) to try and secure a spot on the Irish Team to represent Ireland. There are two stages of qualification with the first being held across leading courses in each province.  Eight teams from each qualifier will go forward to compete in a final qualifying stage to be played on the magnificent Faldo Course on 23rd April 2017 at the five-star Lough Erne Resort in County Fermanagh.


Speaking as the event was announced, Lynn McCool, Director of Golf and Head Professional at Lough Erne Resort said it was a fantastic tribute to the legendary Arnold Palmer and an event which would attract golfers from all across Ireland.


Following the success of the 2016 staging of the International Kings Cup this is one of the most eagerly anticipated amateur tournaments in 2017. We at Lough Erne Resort are thrilled to be hosting this event for the second consecutive year which will see 32 golfers from across the United States and Ireland play on the legendary Faldo Course.  


I’m delighted to take the event this year to key courses throughout Ireland. Each of the qualifying clubs have really got behind the event including:

Ardglass Golf Club in Ulster, Dunmurry Springs in Leinster, Westport Golf Club in Connaught, and Ennis Golf Club in Munster.


We look forward to welcoming players from both sides of the Atlantic to the event, which looks set to stir up Ryder Cup-style rivalry amongst the teams. Competitors will be able to experience first-hand Lough Erne Resort and why Northern Ireland is truly a country made for golf.

Rules of Play



The format for play is Four-Ball stroke play as defined in Rule 31 per the USGA® Rules of Golf in which two players play as partners, each playing their own ball. The lower score of the partners is the score for the hole. If one partner fails to complete the hole there is no penalty.


Amateurs Only:

International King's cup is open ONLY to amateur golfers holding an official GUI handicap.



Teams in the Irish Team Qualifiers may be formed by any combination of male participants (18 Years or older).



There are two divisions - Open Division and Senior Division.  The Open Division is open to all ages. The Senior Division is for Players 50 years of age and above prior to the provincial qualifier. A Player that is 50+ is allowed to compete in the Open division, but a player that is under 50 is not allowed to compete in the Senior Division.



Each Division has four flights. Championship, A-Flight, B-Flight and C-Flight.


Flight Handicaps:


  • Championship

  • A Flight

  • B Flight

  • C Flight


A Team Handicap is determined by totalling the handicap index of player A and player B together and dividing it in half.


Example - Player A is a 10 handicap and player B is a 15 handicap totaling 25.

Divide the total of 25 in half and the Team Handicap is 12.5.

That team would be in the "B" Flight.


No team can have a handicap differential of more than 8 strokes between teammates.


Example - a player that is a 10 handicap cannot play with a player that is a 24 handicap, unless that player drops his handicap down from a 24 to 18.

Their team handicap would be 10+18=28/2 = 14.












Entries for each provincial Qualifier will run through the office of each hosting club.



ENTRY FEE PROVINCIAL QUALIFIER                                            €50 / £40 per person  





Ardglass Golf Club  

Friday 24th March    

Tel: 02844841022   ROI : 048 44841022


Dunmurry Springs Golf Club

Sunday 26th March  

Tel: + 353 45 531400   ROI: 045 531400


Ennis Golf Club              

Friday 31st March        

Tel: +353 65 682 4074   ROI: 065 682 4074


Westport Golf Club                

Saturday 1st April          

Tel: +353 98 28262   ROI: 098 28262


Lough Erne Resort

Sunday 23rd April

Tel: +44(0)28 6634 4066   ROI: 048 6634 4066



TOURNAMENT DATE – 22nd May to 25th May 2017




IRISH TEAM Representatives will be announced in their pairs at the National Final Qualifier on 23rd April 2017. All team members announced must be available for all four tournament Dates:  22nd May to 25th May 2017.


Each member of the Irish Team will stay at the 5-Star Lough Erne Resort for the duration of the event.


Day 1: Team Practice Round and Opening Ceremony Gala Dinner


Day 2: Tournament Day


Day 3: Tournament Day


Day 4: Tournament Day and Closing Ceremony Dinner


Uniforms will be provided for all 3 Tournament Days

 4.9 or less

 5.0 - 9.9

10.0 - 14.9

15.0 and above

24th March

26th March

31st March

 1st April


23rd April

Ardglass Golf Club

Dunmurry Springs Golf Club

Ennis Golf Club

Westport Golf Club


Lough Erne Resort

Ulster Qualifier

Leinster Qualifier

Munster Qualifier

Connaught Qualifier


Final Qualifier







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Qualify for this event at Dunmurry Springs on Sunday 26th March 2017


Four-Ball Betterball format (gross score - see more details below)

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Tournament Date 22nd May - 25th May 2017