Bridgestone has partnered with Golf Ireland to create Men’s and Women’s Bridgestone Tours. The Men’s and Women’s Order of Merits will take place over a combined 21 events across the Men’s and Women’s Bridgestone Tours.
Marc Boucher (Carton House) and Kate Lanigan (Hermitage) joined Colm Conyngham (Marketing and Public Relations Manager, Bridgestone Ireland) to officially announce the partnership.
In 2022, the Men’s and Women’s Bridgestone Tours will take on added significance with guaranteed places on Ireland’s Home Internationals teams coming from each Tour.
The top-three players on the Men’s Bridgestone Tour at the end of the season will also be guaranteed their spots on the 2023 HP Panel.
Golf Ireland’s Performance Director and National Coach Neil Manchip said: “We are thrilled to have Bridgestone on board, in creating these two Tours for our amateur golfers.
“The Men’s and Women’s Bridgestone Tours will offer opportunities this year for our players to represent their country on an international stage, and we look forward to traveling the country seeing our stars in action.”
“The continued presence of Irish golfers on the global stage in both men’s and women’s tours gives us all a strong motivation to continue to create the correct environment to help young amateur golfers to develop and prosper,” said Colm Conyngham, Marketing and Public Relations Manager, Bridgestone Ireland.
“We hope our 22 new Bridgestone Tours for men and women, developed from our Bridgestone Order of Merit, will play a significant role.”
Speaking at the launch, Marc Boucher added: “I’m delighted to have Bridgestone on board supporting both the Men’s and Women’s Tours. It’s great to have a broad variety of events around the country too. It’ll be a marathon and not a sprint this year, but I’m really looking forward to it.”
Kate Lanigan feels the creation of the Women’s Bridgestone Tour will be crucial for the development of the women’s game in Ireland.
“It’s a great opportunity for us. The season will all be about managing schedules in between the international events,” she said. “The Women’s Bridgestone Tour will be very important for encouraging and keeping the girls playing in Ireland, and improving the quality of fields throughout the season.”
The Women’s Bridgestone Tour began last month, with Clandeboye’s Rebekah Gardner winning the Royal County Down Scratch Cup. The Men’s Bridgestone Tour got under way on 15th April with the West of Ireland Championship taking place at Co. Sligo GC.
2022 Women’s Bridgestone Tour
27 March: Royal County Down Scratch Cup (won by Rebekah Gardner)
10 April: Royal Portrush Scratch Cup (won by Beth Coulter)
12-14 April: Munster Women’s and Girls Open – Tralee
22 April: Ulster Women’s Open Championship – Portstewart
23 April: Lahinch Scratch Cup – Lahinch
1 May: Hermitage Scratch Cup – Hermitage
6-8 May: Flogas Irish Women’s Amateur Open – Co. Louth
30-31 May: Ulster Men’s and Women’s Stroke Play – Belvoir Park 11-14 June: AIG Irish Women’s Amateur Close – Grange
22-23 June: Connacht Women’s and Girls Open – Castle Dargan 22-24 July: Leinster Women’s Championship – Bray
2022 Men’s Bridgestone Tour
15-19 April: West of Ireland Championship – Co. Sligo
30 April-1 May: Munster Men’s Stroke Play – Cork
12-15 May: Flogas Irish Men’s Amateur Open – The Island
30-31 May: Ulster Men’s and Women’s Stroke Play – Belvoir Park 4-6 June: East of Ireland Championship – Co. Louth
11-12 June: Connacht Men’s Stroke Play – Portumna
13-15 July: North of Ireland Championship – Royal Portrush 20-24 July: South of Ireland Championship – Lahinch
31 July-1 August: Mullingar Scratch Cup – Mullingar
13-17 August: AIG Irish Men’s Amateur Close – Headfort