The Kingdom Challenge Shields were introduced in 2014 by Pat O’ Dwyer and are a great way for clubs to prepare for the forthcoming GUI Cups & Shields which begin in late May. The shields have two separate sections with the senior section confined to golfers in the scratch to nine handicap bracket and the Intermediate section for those in the ten to sixteen bracket. Each team consists of six players who will play fourball better ball match play over 18 holes in a Barton Shield style format where each match will have to play out the eighteen holes to determine the overall result.
2022 Senior Challenge Shield
2022 Intermediate Challenge Shield
Each year Kerry U18 golfers compete in the Kerry Junior League which is completed over a number outings held on Kerry Golf Courses. At each outing Kerry clubs are represented by a team of 7 golfers with the best 5 stableford scores to count towards the teams score. The winning team is the one with the most accumulated points after the final outing has been completed. The maximum handicap index allowance is 18.
The Kerry Shield is a one day team event in which each Kerry club is represented by a team of 6 players. The Kerry Shield takes place over 18 holes stableford with the best 5 out of 6 scores from each club team counting towards the teams final score. The team with the best cumulative score is the winner and the winning team gets the Kerry Shield, 1st and 2nd team members get replicate shields and there is a gross and net prize also.
The JB O’ Shea Memorial Trophy honours one of Kerry’s great golfing personalities who passed away in January of 2011. The trophy was inaugurated that year and is a unique event which sees four players on a team with two pairings playing fourball better ball where the two scores are aggregated to establish the winners. Each team must contain a player whose handicap index is less than 11.5 on matchday, one whose handicap index is greater than 11.5 but less than 18.5 on matchday, one player from the Billy O’ Sullivan panel and one player who must be over 60 OR a member of the Kerry seniors tour.
The Dr Billy O' Sullivan Shield, inaugurated in 1990, was the brainchild of former tournament director John B. O' Shea. The tournament is named in memory of the late great Killarney golfer Dr. Billy O Sullivan who represented Ireland in over 60 matches during his career. The tournament is for teams of 10 (five pairs). The lower handicap index limit is 17.00, as applying on January 1. The age limit is 40 years (also January 1) and play is by way of Scotch Foursomes. The combined handicap index limit is set at 38.00 so an 17.00 handicapper will have to play with a 21.00 handicapper in order to keep within the rules.
The Nines of Kerry is open to all 9 hole golf courses within the county. The tournament was inaugurated in 2002 and features a mixed format of five ladies and five gents on each team. They play three mixed foursomes, a Gents Fourball and a Ladies Fourball. All of which are matchplay format.
Federation Captain’s Prize
Kerry Captain's Day
The Kerry Captains Day sees each Kerry Club Captain compete alongside a guest of their choosing in a team event.