J B Carr  

2020 J B CARR Application Form

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Dear Hon.Secretary,


Woodenbridge Golf Club have great pleasure to once again, invite your Club to enter the 2020 All Ireland J.B.Carr, Diamond Trophy Competition. To this end we now enclose an application form which we would be most obliged if you could complete and return no later than the 28th February 2020   

The J.B.Carr Diamond Trophy is now one of the largest competitions in the Golfing calendar year and we in Woodenbridge wish to record our deep appreciation to all of the Clubs and teams who have entered. A record number of Clubs competed in 2019 which bears testimony to the underlying values of this competition which promotes playing with honour, in a friendly, yet competitive manner, and of course very much enjoying the social occasion that naturally ensues. 

The entry fee of €180.00 (made payable to Woodenbridge Golf Club) is to accompany the enclosed application form and we look forward to receiving your entry as soon as possible.  Also enclosed is a copy of the 2020 Competition Rules and format. It is planned that the 2020 competition draw will be made in early March 2020. All participating Clubs will be advised of the draw results by email and these draw results will also be available on the Woodenbridge Golf Club Web site:-


Last year the four Provinces were represented at the J.B.Carr National Finals by Provincial Champions, Rossmore, Ballykisteen, Castlebar and Cill Dara.  Woodenbridge were again delighted to host the finals weekend in early September when Ballykisteen got the better of Castlebar in an exciting final to become the very worthy 2019 All Ireland Winners.  

We will acknowledge receipt of your entry fee in March 2020 and issue you with the Inter Club Draw and Inter County Draws with the associated match deadline dates. The 2020 National Finals will be held in Woodenbridge on the weekend of the 4th to 6th September 2020.

We look forward to receiving your completed entry form and in the meantime if we can be of any further assistance please do not hesitate to contact us on the Club number 0402-35202 or email admin@woodenbridge.ie.

Yours sincerely,

Peter Kenny

Peter Kenny.

Honorary Secretary.

2019 J B Carr Finals


Sunday 1st September 2019 

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Placing Golf Club Province
Winner Ballykisteen Golf Club Munster
Runner Up Castlebar Golf Club Connaught
3rd Place Rossmore Golf Club Ulster
4th Place Cill Dara Golf Club Leinster

A very exciting finish to the  2019 J B Carr Diamond Trophy  All Ireland Finals 3rd & 4th Playoff at 10 am  Rossmore GC played Cill Dara GC - TEAM SHEET  Rossmore came out ahead securing 3rd place.

The All Ireland Final at 11.am featured Castlebar GC vs Ballykisteen GC - TEAM SHEET with Ballykisteen Golf Club from  (Tipperary ) Munster the 2019 J B Carr Diamond Trophy Champions. A great match played with sporting spirit.    

A great days golf in Woodenbridge today

10 am Rossmore GC vs Ballykisteen GC   RESULTS  TEAM SHEET 

11am Cill Dara vs Castlebar GC   RESULTS    TEAM SHEET

After a lovely opening ceremony where our resident piper Denis New led the parade to the clubhouse and welcomed the four finalists with a tune from each province, President Frank Duffy outlined the history of the J B Carr Diamond Trophy now in its 26th Year, and welcomed the four Provincial finalists to Woodenbridge Golf Club for a week of good golf and new friendships.   Mr Henry Crummy conducted the draw for semi finals.

Rossmore GC vs Ballykisteen GC   

Cill Dara vs Castlebar GC  

The long awaited finals of the  2019 J B Carr Diamond Trophy will be commenced with an opening ceremony at 7 pm on Friday 30th August 2019.

The four qualifying teams are  Munster - Ballykisteen  GC(Tipperary), Connaught - Castlebar GC, Leinster -   Kildare (Cill Dara) GC.  Ulster - Rossmore GC.

A draw for the two semi finals will be held at the opening ceremony and will be played at 10.am and 11.am Saturday 31st of August and the 3rd and 4th playoff at 10.am and Final 11.am Sunday 1st, September.

There will be a gala dinner and presentation of prizes in clubhouse at 7 pm.

2019 Photo Gallery


Leinster  Kildare (Cill Dara) GC - Old Conna GC Wicklow
Connacht  Sligo Enniscrone GC - Mayo Castlebar GC
Munster  Tipperary -  Ballykisteen GC vs  Kerry Tralee GC

 Donegal - Rosapenna GC vs Monaghan Rossmore GC


2019 J B Carr Draw

J B Carr Competition Rules

JB Carr Tournament Rules 2020

Rule Changes in 2020

Max Combined Handicap changes from 30 to 29

Home & Away Matches:- One Courtesy Shot in away pairings 1,3,5 and Two Courtesy shots to pairings 2 & 4.

Single Leg Matches:- One Courtesy Shot in pairings 1,3,5 with Two Courtesy Shots in pairings 2 & 4 to away team.

The reason is that there have been more wins at home than away and the additional shots may equalise the results.2019 resulted in 58% home wins & 42% away wins


The competition format will be SCOTCH FOURSOMES MATCHPLAY for male competitors who have reached their 60th birthday on or before 1st January 2020. A team with an underage player will be disqualified.


Teams will consist of 5 pairings. Players on the team may be changed throughout the tournament. A player may only represent one Club.

Combined Handicaps

Please note that the combined handicap limit is 29. The handicaps (on 01/01/2020 of each pairing shall be combined. Pairings with a combined handicap in excess of 29 are allowed, but they are limited to a maximum combined handicap of 29. An incorrect upper handicap means automatic disqualification of that pairing.

Stroke Allowance

Is based on half the difference of the COMBINED HANDICAPS (maximum 29 see above). Stroke allowances are rounded up to the nearest whole number.

Courtesy Shot

All club matches are to be played at the venue of the top club in the draw.

Home & Away matches:- To compensate for the home advantage, the away team will receive one courtesy shot per pairings 1,3 & 5 and two courtesy shots per pairings 2 & 4.

Single Leg Matches:- To compensate for the home advantage one courtesy shot applies in pairings 1,3 and 5. Two courtesy shots apply in pairing 2 & 4 to the away team.

Firstly, calculate the normal shot differential between the Stroke Allowances of the two pairings and then credit the extra courtesy shot to the visiting pair.

County Finals and Provincial Rounds & Finals, Ulster, Munster & Connacht – All will play home and away matches. The away team will receive one courtesy shot per pairings 1,3,5 and two shots to teams  2 & 4.

Leinster County Finals and Provincial Final are home and away – with away team receiving one courtesy shot per pairings 1,3,5 and two courtesy shots for teams 2 & 4.

The county team on top of the draw shall have the choice of venue for the first of the two legs. The result will be based on the cumulative total of match wins from the two fixtures. If the overall result produces a draw, the result will be decided that day by a sudden death playoff, commencing on the 1st hole. Each team manager shall nominate anyone of his said pairings for the playoff. Stroke Allowance will apply. (see item 4 above). Courtesy shot doesn’t apply for play-off pairings.


All matches must be played by the date specified. Sorry, but no extensions can be permitted. Unplayed matches shall be scratched, unless one of the clubs has received a walkover. Unfortunately, we must strictly adhere to this in the interest of equity and competition efficiency.

Exchange of Pairings

Prior to the commencement of a team match, the respective team managers shall simultaneously interchange the names of their teams, their handicaps and the order of play.  It is the responsibility of each Team Manager to check with the opposing Team Manager to ensure ALL team players are over 60 years on or before 1st January 2020 before the match commences.


All matches are to be played off the weekly summer competition tees. All matches to be played to a finish until an overall result has been obtained. There are no halved matches.


Buggies are allowed only with appropriate medical certificate.

Meals / Drinks

After match meals and drinks shall be shared equally between home and visiting Clubs.


Results of the matches must be communicated by the winning team within three days.  Contact  WOODENBRIDGE GOLF CLUB TEL: 0402 35202 -  (from Republic) .If calling from Northern Ireland, use 00353 402 35202. Email: admin@woodenbridge.ie


The Provincial Champions shall play the All Ireland semi-finals and finals at Woodenbridge Golf Club on the Saturday and Sunday, 5th & 6th September 2020


In all disputes, the decision of the Woodenbridge Golf Club shall be final. Woodenbridge Golf Club reserves the right to alter and revise the Competition Rules as it sees fit.



J B Carr Previous Winners


National Champions Runner Up 3rd Place 4th Place
2019 Ballykisteen - Munster Castlebar - Connaught Rossmore - Ulster Cill Dara - Leinster
2018 The K Club - Leinster Portumna - Connaught Templemore - Munster Ballybofey & Stranorlar- Ulster
2017 Portumna   - Connaught The K Club - Leinster Strabane   - Ulster Fermoy   - Munster
2016 Nenagh   - Munster Athy   - Leinster Castle Hume   - Ulster Enniscrone   - Connaught
2015 Ballybofey & Stranorlar  - Ulster Tuam   - Connacht Thurles   - Munster Tullamore   - Leinster
2014 Adare Manor   - South Region Strabane   - North Region Castlewarden   - Eastern Region Ballybofey & Stranorlar - West Region
2013 Enniscrone   - Western Region Limerick   - South Region Carlow   - East Region Castle Hume   - North Region
2012 Ballinrobe    - Connacht Ennis   - Munster Castlehume   - Ulster The Island   - Leinster
2011 Thurles   - Munster The Heath   - Leinster Clandeboye   - Ulster Strandhill   - Connachtt
2010 Ennis   - Munster Galway   - Connacht The Island   - Leinster Ballybofey & Stranorlar  - Ulster
2009 Galway   - Connacht Tullamore   - Leinster Tralee   - Munster Ballymena   - Ulster
2008 Tralee   - Munster Tullamore   - Leinster Co Sligo   - Connacht Strabane   - Leinster
2007 Tuam   - Connacht Tralee   - Munster Stackstown   - Leinster Strabane   - Leinster
2006 Newlands   - Leinster Carrick on Suir - Munster Athenry   - Connacht Bundoran   - Ulster
2005 Stackstown   - Leinster Galway   - Connacht Nenagh   - Munster Cavan   - Ulster
2004 Charleville   - Munster Tuam   - Connacht Cavan   - Ulster Dundalk   - Leinster
2003 Charleville   - Munster Galway   - Connacht Portsalon   - Ulster Co. Louth   - Leinster
2002 Charleville   - Munster Clontarf   - Leinster Co Sligo   - Connacht Castlerock   - Ulster
2001 Galway   - Connacht Rosslare   - Leinster Charleville   - Munster Rossmore   - Ulster
2000 The Heath   - Leinster Tralee   - Munster Strandhill   - Connacht Cliftonville   - Ulster
1999 Galway   - Connacht Charleville   - Munster Carlow   - Leinster Bangor   - Ulster
1998 Fermoy   - Munster Galway   - Connacht Mullingar   - Leinster Balmoral   - Ulster
1997 Galway   - Connacht Waterford   - Munster Royal Tara   - Leinster Moyola Park   - Ulster
1996 Courtown   - Leinster Waterford   - Munster Rossmore   - Ulster Oughterard   - Connacht

About J B Carr

The J.B. Carr Diamond Trophy was inaugurated by Woodenbridge Golf Club in 1996. This popular event has effectively become the Senior Club Championship of Ireland (Over 60's) with some 200 or so clubs from every corner of Ireland participating. The semi-finals and finals are held each year in Woodenbridge Golf Club, usually over the second weekend of September.

The competition was the brainchild of a distinguished Woodenbridge member and past Captain, the Late Fr. Gerry O’Brien. His vision was a tournament for mature golfers from all corners of Ireland. 

jb carrA great friend of Woodenbridge G.C., the legendary Dr. Joe Carr, expressed keen interest in lending his name to the tournament and kindly offered to present a perpetual trophy (a beautiful Silver Salver which Dr. Carr himself won in the Irish Close Championship of 1951). Given that the inaugural event was being staged at relatively short notice, it came as some surprise that 70 teams from around the country entered the competition that year. The event has flourished into one of the largest inter-club competitions on this island.

The format for the tournament is Scotch Foursomes Matchplay with each participating club selecting 10 gentlemen members over the age of 60 (playing off full GUI handicap + courtesy shot to the away team). The teams initially compete at county level and then for their provincial title. The four winning provincial teams then travel to Woodenbridge in September for the All-Ireland finals.

One of the great features of this competition is that it brings together clubs that might not ordinarily meet. The weekend programme begins on the Friday evening with a reception in the clubhouse for the finalists and a draw for the semi-finals which are played on the Saturday.

The Final takes place on the Sunday and the presentation ceremony that evening follows what has always been a great sporting and social occasion.

Archive of Previous Finals

Click Here for 2019 J B Carr Gallery of Photographs

Click Here for 2019 J B Carr Final Match Results

Click Here for 2018 J B Carr Gallery of Photographs

Click Here for 2018 J B Carr Final  Match Results

Click Here for 2017 J B Carr Gallery of Photographs

Click Here for 2017 J B Carr Final  Match Results