J B Carr
- 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.
A 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.
- J.B.CARR 2023 ALL IRELAND FINALS
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Castlebar Golf Club
Malahide Golf Club
Dungarvan Golf Club
Clandeboye Golf Club
2023 ALL IRELAND FINALS 1-3 SEPTEMBER 2023.
Friday 1st September 2023:- The opening ceremony was held, our resident piper Denis New led a parade to the Clubhouse and welcomed the four 2023 finalists with a tune from each province.
The four qualifying teams were Munster - Dungarvan GC (Waterford), Connacht - Castlebar GC (Mayo) Leinster - Malahide GC (Dublin) , Ulster - Clandeboye GC (Down).
Captain Brian Byrne outlined the history of the J B Carr Diamond Trophy Tournament and welcomed the four Provincial finalists to Woodenbridge Golf Club for a weekend of good golf and new friendships.
It was the 26th All Ireland Finals Competition and great to welcome the clubs to Woodenbridge.
Mr Henry Crummy conducted the draw for semi-finals. A drinks and canapés Reception was then held in the Clubhouse.
Saturday 2nd September 2023:- Conditions were very sunny day which led to dry and pleasant conditions for the semi-final matches.
Results Saturday 2nd September 2023:-
Clandeboye 2 Malahide 3
Castlebar 3 Dungarvan 2
Sunday 3rd September 2023:- It was a fantastic to see the sun shining again and the teams enjoyed a dry and sunny day. A very exciting finish to the 2023 J B Carr Diamond Trophy All Ireland Finals.
3rd & 4th Playoff at 10 am Clandeboye GC played Dungarvan GC - Dungarvan came out ahead securing 3rd place.
The All Ireland Final at 11.am featured Castlebar GC vs Malahide GC - with Castlebar Golf Club (Mayo ) Connacht the 2023 J B Carr Diamond Trophy Champions. A great match played with sporting spirit.
A great days golf in Woodenbridge today.
10 am Dungarvan 3 Clandeboye 2
11am Castlebar 3 Malahide 2
A Gala Dinner and Presentation of Prizes took place in the in clubhouse at 7 pm on Sunday evening. We were honoured to have Marty Carr, son of the Late J.B. Carr and Mary Carr wife of the Late J.B.Carr in attendance to award the prizes.
- 2023 Finals Photo Gallery
- 2023 J.B.Carr Tournament Draws
Wishing all the teams the very best of luck in the competitions.
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