The National Matchplay Draws take place at 7 pm on Saturday evening. The venue for the occasion is the Tailrace Bar in Parteen only a short stroll form the course. The Tailrace Bar is 500 metres from Parteen Pitch and Putt club on the Limerick city side of the R464. All are welcome to sample the atmosphere ahead of what is always a crucial moment in the Matchplay Championships.
There are 29 names in the Ladies draw with the title holder, Ger Ward, and the next three highest ranked players already seeded. They are:
- Geraldine Ward (Portmarnock)
- Chrissie Byrne (St. Bridget’s)
- Breda Lonergan (Tipperary Hills)
- Margaret Hogan (Tullamore)
The remaining ladies in the draw are numbered 5 to 32. There are three byes among these names due to an insufficient entry. The first number drawn from these will play the defending champion, Ger Ward, in the opening game.
The Gents Draw is straight forward. 64 names are in the draw and once again the four seeds are already in place. They are:
- Ray Murphy (St. Anne’s)
- John Crangle (Loughlinsown)
- Damien Fleming (Deerpark)
- Frank Ryan (St. Bridget’s)
The remaining qualifiers are numbered 5-64 and the first number out will draw the holder, Ray Murphy, as per usual.
The Names and randomly allocated numbers of all the qualifiers can be seen at the link below:
The Draws can be followed tomorrow evening on a Live Blog on the PPUI website. Here, the latest updates will be provided as well as a link to a scoreboard document that will be updated as every ball is drawn out.
Follow on www.ppui.ie or sample the live atmosphere at the Tailrace Bar in Parteen.
Ahead of the Championships, Parteen have provided the PPUI with a list of suitable hotels in the area – all around 10-15 minutes from the course. The names and contact details are below:
(1) Clarion Hotel Limerick (061) 444100
(2) Limerick Strand Hotel (061) 421800 or (061) 421866
(3) Absolute Hotel Limerick (061) 463600
(4) Travelodge Hotel Ennis Road Limerick (061) 457000
(5) Greenhills Hotel Ennis Road Limerick (061) 453033
(6) Maldron Hotel Limerick (061) 436100
(7) The Pier Hotel Limerick (061) 317179
(8) Radisson Blu Hotel Limerick (061) 456200
(9) Castletroy Park Hotel (061) 335566
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