Wednesday 23 August 2017

Popular Jimmy Carroll Cup goes nationwide

Liam Kelly

Liam Kelly

THE growth in Seniors golf has persuaded Westmanstown to upgrade their Jimmy Carroll Cup competition to a nationwide event.

This competition has been played in Leinster since it was inaugurated in 2000s, but such is its popularity that the Westmanstown committee have made it a national tournament.

Open to players aged 60 and over on April 1, it's a fourball, betterball stableford with teams of eight playing off three-quarters handicap.

The best three cards count for each team, with the fourth card only coming in if a tie-break is needed.

Qualifying rounds will be held at 15 host clubs in the four provinces, with the top three at each centre going through to the play-offs which will be on a match-play basis.

One club from each of the 15 host clubs will qualify for the provincial finals, and then the winning club from each of the provincial finals competes in the All-Ireland final at Westmanstown on Monday September 5. All GUI clubs in the four provinces will receive an entry form.

The tournament was organised to honour the late Jimmy Carroll, a winner of the Irish Close Championship, two East of Irelands, and the South of Ireland between 1949 and 1953.

He also played for Leinster and Ireland, and won five Senior Cups and two Barton Shields with Sutton.

Jimmy, a native of Greenore where he learned his golf became a member of the Garda Siochána and was stationed in Store Street in Dublin.

He was a great friend and playing partner of the late J B Carr and Sutton honoured Jimmy's memory by dedicating the "Jimmy Carroll Room" in their clubhouse to his achievements.

QUALIFYING VENUES

CONNACHT: Claremorris, Tuam.

LEINSTER: Greenore, Enniscorthy, Donabate, Beech Park, Edenderry.

MUNSTER: Cahir Park, Mallow, Castleisland, and Shannon.

ULSTER: Ballymena, Banbridge, Clones, City of Derry.

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