Baldwin Captures Irish Seniors Amateur For Second International Title
New Castle, Northern Ireland - Two-time MGA Player of the Year and 2004 MGA Distinguished Service Award winner John Baldwin (left), of Meadow Brook, added another international title to his already decorated playing resume by winning the Irish Senior Amateur Championship on May 26th at Royal County Down Golf Club, in New Castle, County Down, Ireland. Baldwin fired rounds of 73-76 in adverse conditions to capture his second international title in three years by one stroke over Ireland’s Maurice Kelly.
In 2002, Baldwin, the 1991 MGA Player of the Year and former New York State Amateur, Mid-Amateur and MGA Senior Amateur champion won the British Senior “Open” Amateur Championship at the historic Woodhall Spa in England, with a 70-76-70=216 total.
In addition to the Irish Seniors Amateur title, Baldwin also combined with David Brookreson (79-77) and Norman Swenson (80-80) to win the 2005 Nations Cup awarded to the country with the lowest overall aggregate score.
Royal County Down was founded in 1889, designed by the legendary architect Old Tom Morris and later reworked by Harry Vardon. It will play host to the 2007 Walker Cup and has also hosted 2001 and 2002 British Senior Opens. It was recently ranked 8th on Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Courses in the World list.