On another perfect day at the Olympic Club, 14 teams came back to compete on two courses in almost perfect condition. Today the Lake course was in pristine shape and Pat Finlan and his staff should be congratulated for getting the course in such amazing shape. Fast and firm, and ready for a great International championship.

Today the Olympic Club team showed up in force and every member of the team played their hearts out to over-come the 4 shot lead posted by Pine Valley. On the Individual side, I had a freakish front nine, perhaps the best front nine on the Lake course I’ve ever had, starting with a birdie on one and two, followed by birdies in 4 and 7 to finish the front with a 31 4 under par mark. I struggled on the back nine with my first bogey in thirteen and a nasty double bogey on the 14th hole (which is probably my favorite hole on the course). But in the end it was a nice 70 to go along with my 71 on the Ocean course for a 141 1 under par total 5 ahead of team mate Mark Mance whom had a fine 71 today on the Lake course.

I have been whining a bit about my poor putting of late, and today in the first 12 holes I had 15 putts. And with the fast greens was able to glide some 10 footers in the cup that normally would require more of a hit. These results and talking about my round are not very interesting to me, what is interesting is the significance of this event, the Carr and Mara families, their history and why we are all gathered together to enjoy this great competition.

I was thrilled to see Sandy Tatum at the event, to speak about the game that we all love and share. Sandy is a gentleman of the game that is perhaps the most elegant man I’ve ever met. Even at the age of 93, Sandy speaks with passion, elegance and purpose, a man that has accomplished some much and has graciously given to the game over a lifetime of excellence.

Personally I have never been associated with a finer group of people than the Carr Mara participants from all over the USA and Ireland. These fine gentlemen remind me what is really important and great about the game of golf. I play competitive golf as a hobby, and I love to compete, but in the end the people that have touched my life through this game are way more important than any trophy or title I could ever win. I will always remember the kindness and fire in the eyes of most of the participants from Ireland who seemed to love the experience they had while coming out west to San Francisco and the Olympic Club.

There are many many people to thank for putting this great event on, the Olympic CLub made this event a priority and showed up in force to support this wonderful event that will not come back until 2041. I am not sure I’ll be playing in this event in 2041, but who knows!!!

In closing I would like to thank all those player in the event that came out and took time away from their families and lives to be here to join us for this special event. I am hopeful that in 2 years from now I will be worthy of making the Olympic team and traveling back to Ireland for another great life experience !!

Results and photos


hosted by The Olympic Club

The 2013 Carr Mara Team competition came to a dramatic conclusion today.  The Olympic Club team overcame a four shot deficit to win its second Carr Mara team championship.  The field consisted of 14 Teams: 7 from Ireland: County Louth Golf Club, Royal Portrush, Lahinch, Sutton Golf Club, County Sligo Golf Club, Ballybunion and Portmarnock Golf Club. 7 from the US: Bel Air Country Club, Garden City Golf Club, Oak Hill Golf Club, Oakmont, Pine Valley Golf Club, The Olympic Club and Winged Foot Golf Club.

2013 Carr Mara Team Championship Winners
The Olympic Club  score: 395
Randy Haag
Mark Mance
Stoney Feeney
Shawn Dahlem
Andrew Smothers
Zach McReynolds
Don Onken
Mike Morgan

Lahinch  score: 359
Ray Hennessy
Brendan O’Doherty
Robert Hanrahan
Ian Slattery
Dan O’Donovan
Tony Garry
Paddy Coleman
Martin Barrett

Tournament Medalist                                                                                Senior Medalist
The Olympic Club-Randy Haag  score: 141                                                Pine Valley Golf Club-Robert Callan-157

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