Posted by: randyhaaggolf | September 9, 2013

WHAT IS THE CARR MARA – ITS SIMPLE….A bunch of great people gathering to celebrate some Iconic Individuals

You can read about this amazing event below, but my take on this special event – It optimizes what is great about golf, a bunch of great people, that have a common love for the game of golf, from all parts of the world, coming together to enjoy a great experience at some of the best golf venues in the world. I have played in two previous events and what I take away is not a tournament victory, but a new lifelong friend that shares the love of the game of golf, and life in general.

Tomorrow we play round #1 at the famed Olympic Club, and many new friendships will be forged. The team that finishes first or last will undoubtedly all have a great time, culminating in a Black Tie gala affair at the downtown Olympic Club Facility.

Stay tuned for results and more!!

Schedule:
The Olympic Club 2013:
The Olympic club has preliminary advised the Trust that the 2013 Carr Mara Golf Championship will be held in September 2013 commencing on Monday 9th September and ending Wednesday, 11th September, or commencing Monday 16th of September and ending Wednesday 18th September.
For more detail please click here.

Royal Portrush 2015:
The tournament will proceed back to Ireland again to where Joe Carr won his last British Amateur Title.

Oakmont Country Club 2017: 
We move back to the U.S. again when Oakmont Country Club will host the tournament. This famous U.S. club will host the U.S. Open in 2016, and will then have hosted more U.S. Opens than any other club in the U.S.

County Louth Golf Club 2019:

We have the pleasure in announcing that County Louth Golf Club will host the Event in 2019. This little gem of Irish Golf has hosted the Irish Open and many other National and International Events. Joe Carr won the East of Ireland Golf Championship on 12 occasions. The Event is held annually in County Louth Golf Club. We are delighted at the selection of Baltray.

Background:
The tournament includes the top Links Clubs in Ireland where Joe Carr won his championships. The U.S.A. Golf Clubs would include Winged Foot Golf Club, Wellington Mara´s Home Golf Club and four of the top clubs in the U.S.A. The Clubs invited to participate and duly accepted were Portmarnock Golf ClubRoyal Portrush Golf ClubCo. Sligo Golf ClubLahinch Golf Club and Sutton Golf Club in Ireland. In the U.S.A. invitations were offered and duly accepted by Winged Foot Golf Club, Pine Valley, OlympicOakmont and Garden City.

The format of the tournament would be played bi annually over 3 days. One practice day and two days of tournament play. The clubs would be represented each by eight players. The aggregate scores of each club’s best six scores accumulated over the two days would decide the winner of the tournament. There would be an individual prize for the lowest scratch core over the days also.

The centre piece of the Carr Mara Trophy, The British Amateur Replica won by Joe Carr in Royal Portrush in 1960 was generously donated by Mary Carr, his widow. The rest of the trophy was designed by Waterford Glass. This trophy has been widely acclaimed and represents a fitting showcase for this great event.

Joseph Benedict “Joe” Carr (February 22, 1922 – June 3, 2004) was an Irish amateur golfer.
Carr was born in Inchicore, a suburb of Dublin, Ireland, to George and Margaret Mary “Missie” Waters (the fifth of seven children). At 10 days old, he was adopted by his maternal aunt, Kathleen, and her husband, James Carr, who were childless and had recently returned home from India. The Carrs had just been appointed steward and stewardess of the Portmarnock Golf Club, allowing young Joe to play golf from a very early age.

Carr won his first major tournament, the East of Ireland Amateur, at the age of 19 in 1941, which started one of Ireland’s greatest golfing careers. He went on to win twelve East of Ireland titles, twelve West of Ireland titles, six Irish Amateur Close Championships, four Irish Amateur Opens, and three South of Ireland titles.

Carr won The Amateur Championship three times, in 1953, 1958, and 1960, and was runner-up in 1968. He was a semifinalist at the U.S. Amateur in 1961, and was low amateur at The Open Championship in both 1956 and 1958 (and finished 8th overall in 1960). In 1967, he became the first Irishman to play in the Masters Tournament (making the cut). Carr received the Bob Jones Award in 1961, the USGA’s highest honor, which is given for “distinguished sportsmanship in golf”. He was the first non-American to win the award.

Internationally, Carr represented Ireland in numerous amateur golfing events. He was a member of a record eleven Walker Cup teams from 1947 to 1967, including non-playing captain in 1965 and playing captain in 1967, amassing a record of 5-14-1. After several years of playing against the United States’ top-ranked players, he was moved down in the order for the 1961 event — only to be paired against Jack Nicklaus (who won the match). He played and captained on multiple Eisenhower Trophy teams, and represented Ireland in the Home Internationals every year from 1947 to 1969. Carr retired from competitive golf in 1971, after his son Roddy played for the winning Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup team.

In 1991, Carr was named Captain of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, the first Irishman to hold the post. In July 2007, Carr was elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame in the Lifetime Achievement category, and was inducted in November 2007.

 

Wellington Mara (1916 – 2005) Faith, family and football were the marrow of Mara’s life. He was a deeply religious man who attended mass daily.

It is impossible to overstate the influence Mara had on the Giants and in the NFL. He was one of the most important and influential figures in the history of professional football, a man credited with many of the ideas and innovations that have made the NFL the nations most popular sports league.

In 1997, Mara was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, joining his father, Tim Mara, who was a charter member of the Hall of Fame. Wellington Mara attended the inducton ceremony then, typically, was back at work the next day.

No one in the history of American sports had a career quite like Wellington T. Mara. Indeed, it’s likely no one in any endeavor has been as closely associated with a famed entity as long as Mara has with the New York Giants.

The 2005 season was the Giants’ 81st in the NFL. It was also Mara’s 81st with the team. In those eight decades, he held many jobs as the most significant figure in the franchise history.

In addition to serving the Giants admirably for so many years, Mara was an invaluable contributor to the NFL as a member of many ownership committies. He was recognized for always putting the league’s interests ahead of what was best for the Giants. From 1971 until 1977, he was Chairman of the Executive Committee of the NFL Management Council, the labour arm of the NFL and under his leadership the league achieved five years of labour peace from 1977 to 1981.

Mara was elected President of the National Football Conference in 1984, succeeding the late George Halas in that role. Mara later served on the Hall of Fame Committee, as well as the Executive Committee of the Management Council. He was a member of the Competition Committee, replacing Vince Lombardi after his death, for one year before leaving to join the Management Council.

Wellington T. Mara – he was actually christened Tim Wellington Mara – was born on Aug. 14th, 1916 in New York City. Many of Mara’s childhood memories revolved around football – and baseball. Like many New York youngsters, he was a Yankees fan.

Mara graduated from Loyola High School, a jesuit institution across from the family’s apartment at 83rd Street and Park Avenue. He then attended Fordham University, where he earned his degree in 1937. Jack Mara preceded him to Fordham, where he earned a Law Degree. But Wellington Mara was only interested in joining his father with the Giants and did so immediately after graduation. Tim, Jack and Wellington Mara formed the team’s ruling triumvirate.

Somewhere along the way, Mara picked up the nickname The Duke. For many years, the NFL’s offical football was called The Duke, after Mara.


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