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Competition Rules


 Rules Mary McKenna Diamond Trophy 2019

R & A Rules of Golf apply – Model Local Rule E-5 shall not be used in matches 

1. Format

The Competition format will be SCOTCH FOURSOMES MATCHPLAY for female competitors who have reached their 60th birthday on or before 31st December 2018.

2. Pairings

Teams will consist of 5 pairings. Players on the team may be changed throughout the tournament. A player may only represent one club.

3. Exchange of Pairings

Pairings may play in any handicap order. Prior to the commencement of a team match, the respective team managers shall simultaneously interchange team sheets with the names of the team members, their handicaps (certified by the team manager) and the order of play. A team with an underage player will be disqualified.

4. Combined Handicaps

The maximum combined handicap is 50. The current handicaps of each pairing shall be combined. Pairings with a combined handicap in excess of 50 are allowed, but they are limited to a maximum combined handicap of 50. Each player is responsible for her own handicap which should be verified to her opponent on the first tee box. An incorrect higher handicap means automatic disqualification of that pairing. (See Rule 3.2C– Rules of Golf).

5. Stroke Allowance

Stroke allowance is based on half the difference of the COMBINED HANDICAPS (maximum 50- see above). Stroke allowances are rounded up to the nearest whole number.

6. Tees

All matches are to be played off red tees. All matches to be played to a finish until an overall result has been obtained. There are no halved matches. However, a match “called in” is recorded as a half.

7. Courtesy Shots

Home & Away matches:- To compensate for the home advantage, the away team will receive one courtesy shot per pairing .

Single Leg Matches:- To compensate for the home advantage one courtesy shot applies in pairings 1,2 , 4 and 5. Two courtesy shots apply in pairing 3 to the away team.

Firstly, calculate the normal shot differential between the Stroke Allowances of the two pairings and then credit the extra courtesy shot(s) to the visiting pair.

8. Home & Away Legs

In Home & Away legs, the team on the top of the draw shall have the choice of venue for the first of the two legs. The result will be based on the cumulative total of match wins from the two fixtures. If the overall result produces a draw, the result will be decided that day by a sudden death playoff, commencing on the 1st hole.                Each Team Manager shall nominate any one of the said pairings for the playoff. Stroke Allowance will apply. Courtesy shot doesn’t apply for play-off pairings.

9. Team Managers

If a Team Manager is a player, she should appoint a Substitute Manager who may give advice. (Rule 24.4).

10. Buggies

Buggies are only allowed with appropriate medical certificate.

11. Postponements

All matches must be played by the date specified, no extensions can be permitted. Unplayed matches shall be scratched, unless one of the clubs has received a walkover. Unfortunately, we must strictly adhere to this in the interest of equity and competition efficiency. 

12. Results

Results of the matches must be communicated by the winning team within three days.

Contact WOODENBRIDGE GOLF CLUB, Tel. 0402 35202 ext. 3 (from ROI).

If calling from Northern Ireland 00353 404 35202. Email :

13. Disputes

In all disputes, the decision of the Woodenbridge Golf Club shall be final. Woodenbridge Golf Club reserves the right to alter and revise the Competition Rules as it sees fit.

Any dispute must be communicated by the Team Manager within 24 hours of completion of play, by email to

14. Finals

The Provincial Champions shall play the All Ireland Semi-Finals and Finals at Woodenbridge Golf Club on the Saturday and Sunday, 7th and 8th September 2019.

Course facilities to be provided to opponents for a practice round without charge.

Note: Meals/Drinks

Each team shall be responsible for the cost of their own after match refreshments.


Mary McKenna Team Sheet

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Mary McKenna Previous Winners
Year National Champions Runner Up 3rd Place 4th Place
Slade Valley Golf Club Leinster
Ballinrobe Golf Club Connaught
Malone Golf Club - Ulster
East Clare Golf Club - Munster
 Royal Tara Golf Club - Leinster
Belvoir Park Golf Club - Ulster
Tuam Golf Club - Connaught
Thurles Golf Club - Munster
Slade Valley Golf Club - Leinster
Belvoir Park Golf Club - Ulster
Clonmel Golf Club - Munster
Tuam Golf Club - Connaught
Woodenbridge Golf Club - Leinster
Malone Golf Club - Ulster
Roscommon Golf Club  - Connaught
Cahir Park Golf Club - Munster
Mary McKenna Diamond Trophy Tournament

Mary Mc Kenna MBE, one of Ireland’s greatest ever female golfers,  is the Patron of this prestigious All-Ireland senior club championship for women (over 60 years)

 Launched by the Ladies of Woodenbridge Golf Club in September 2014 to provide the lady golfers throughout  Ireland with a competition similar to the long running and very popular JB Carr Tournament for men, the competition has proved a huge success.

 One of the great features of this competition is that it brings together clubs that might not ordinarily meet.  It is growing to be one of the largest inter club golf competitions in the country for senior lady golfers

 All ILGU affiliated golf clubs across the island of Ireland are invited annually to participate in the Mary Mc Kenna Diamond Trophy Tournament. The format for the competition is Scotch Foursomes Matchplay.  Each team selects 10 lady members (5 pairings) over the age of 60years, playing off full ILGU handicaps subject to a maximum handicap limit of 50.

 The competition is run at regional level and ultimately the successful finalists from each region come together to play the All Ireland  semi-finals and finals usually the second week-end in September In Woodenbridge Golf Club, County Wicklow.

 Our Patron, Mary Mc Kenna attends to welcome the teams and to present the prizes to the winning teams.  The presence of this golfing legend is always appreciated by all participants.

 The 2019 campaign will commence in Mid January. 2019 marks the fifth year of this competition, which no doubt will build again on the success of the previous years.   Entry forms available on

We wish to express our thanks to our kind sponsors Investec who provide the wonderful  prizes to each member of the winning teams and this year have introduced an additional prize for the hardworking Team Managers  To The Woodenbridge Hotel and Lodge and to Cassidy Wines.

 All the members of Woodenbridge Golf Club are looking forward to welcoming the participating teams to the All Ireland Finals again this year and to an exciting and competitive weekend of golf on the 6th 7th & 8th September 2019.

About Mary McKenna

Mary McKenna is arguably Ireland's greatest ever female golfer and was awarded an MBE (member of the British Empire) for her services to golf by British Ambassador, Dominick Chillcott, in June 2012.   The winner of twelve domestic championships and a member of nine consecutive Curtis Cup teams, Mary, who began her career in 1968, also captained the Curtis Cup team on two occasions. 

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About Woodenbridge Golf Club

Founded in 1884, Woodenbridge Golf Club near Arklow, Co Wicklow is one of the longest-established and most picturesque golf courses in Ireland.  

Described by the legendary Joe Carr as "Ireland's Augusta" and "The most scenic golf course in Ireland, a hidden gem", the Patrick Merrigan-designed, 18-hole parkland course is set in a natural amphitheatre divided by the meandering Avoca River, in a valley surrounded by mature forests on both sides.  The course measuring 6,341 yards from the back tees, with a par-72 and a standard scratch of 72, is a true gem, providing all golfers with a challenging round.

Woodenbridge GC is listed in the Golf Digest - Ireland's top 100 ranking golf courses, and is renowned for its superb course condition and lightning fast, undulating greens.  The award-winning, state-of-the-art clubhouse which overlooks the course and Avoca River, has a full bar and excellent restaurant ensuring every visitor has an experience to remember.

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About JB Carr Diamond Trophy

In 1996, Woodenbridge Golf Club inaugurated the very popular JB Carr Diamond Trophy Tournament which has since become the men’s Senior Club Championship of Ireland for over 60's, with almost 200 clubs from across Ireland participating.  

The competition was the brainchild of a distinguished Woodenbridge member and past Captain, the Late Fr. Gerry O’Brien.   His vision was a tournament for mature golfers from all corners of Ireland.   Dr. Joe Carr, expressed keen interest in lending his name to the tournament which was inaugurated in 1996 as the J B Carr Diamond Trophy. The semi-finals & finals are held each year in Woodenbridge Golf Club the first weekend in September.   This year, the final is taking place on Saturday the 31st of August and Sunday the 1st of  September.

Woodenbridge Golf Club is now the home of two Diamond Trophy all Ireland competitions.    With the J B Carr Diamond Trophy having grown to be an all Ireland successful interclub competition, in 2014 the Mary McKenna Diamond Trophy was launched to offer the over 60's Ladies in the four provinces a chance to compete with their peers.    Mary McKenna MBE is the patron of this competition 

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2019 MMK Diamond Trophy Launch

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Posted on: 02-Jan-2019
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2019 Mary McKenna Diamond Trophy Campaign Launched

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2018 Finals MMK Diamond Trophy

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Posted on: 10-Sep-2018
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2018 Mary McKenna Diamond Trophy begain with a big welcome to the four Provincial finalists with an opening cermony to kick off the finals weekend.  The finalists were Slade Valley GC - Leinster, Ballinrobe GC Connaught, Malone Golf Club - Ulster and East Clare Golf Club - Munster.

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Posted on: 11-Sep-2017
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2017 Mary McKenna Diamond Trophy was held on 8th, 9th and 10th of September 2017  Our four Provincial Finalists were  Royal Tara Golf Club - Leinster, Belvoir Park Golf Club Ulster, Tuam Golf Club - Connaught and Thurles Golf Club - Munster. 

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2016 Finals MMK Diamond Trophy

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Posted on: 12-Sep-2016
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The four Provincial finalists of the 2016 Finals of the Mary McKenna Diamond Trophy were  Slade Valley Leinster, Belvoir Park Ulster, Clonmel Golf Club Munster and Tuam Golf Club Connaught.  The finals were held in Woodenbridge Golf Club on September 9th, 10th and 11th 2016.

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Posted on: 07-Sep-2015
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The finals of the 1st Mary McKenna Diamond Trophy were held in Woodenbridge Golf Club on Friday, Saturday and Sunday 11th, 12th and 13th of September 2015.

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2014 Launch of Ladies Diamond Trophy

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Posted on: 05-Sep-2014
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The 1st All Ireland Diamond Trophy Competition was launched by the Ladies of Woodenbridge Golf Club in September 2014.  Captain Aileen Sheehan and her team launched this competition to provide the Lady golfers throughout Ireland with a competition similar to the long running and very popular J B Carr Tournament for men.  Mary McKenna MBE, one of Irelands greatest ever female golfers, was approched and readily agreet to Patron this All Ireland senior club championship for woman over 60 years of age. 

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