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Encyclopedia > Joseph B. Carr (golfer)

Joseph Benedict "Joe" Carr (February 22, 1922 - June 3, 2004) was an Irish amateur golfer. February 22 is the 53rd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1922 (MCMXXII) was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... June 3 is the 154th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (155th in leap years), with 211 days remaining. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Golfer after swing. ...

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 Missie's sister, 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. Inchicore (Inse Chór in Irish) is a suburb of Dublin, Ireland. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 53. ...

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. The Amateur Championship is a golf tournament which is held in the United Kingdom. ... The U.S. Amateur Championship is the leading annual golf tournament in the United States for male amateur golfers. ... 2005 Open Champion Tiger Woods holding the Claret Jug. ... The Masters is one of four major championships in mens golf. ... The Bob Jones Award is the highest honor given by the United States Golf Association in recognition of distinguished sportsmanship in golf. ... The United States Golf Association (USGA) is the United States national association of golf courses, clubs and facilities and the governing body of golf for the U.S. and Mexico. ...

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. The Walker Cup is a golf trophy contested biennially in odd numbered years between teams comprising the leading amateur golfers of the United States and Great Britain and Ireland (in political terms the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland). ... Nicklaus celebrates his victory in the 1980 U.S. Open Jack William Nicklaus (born January 21, 1940), also known as The Golden Bear, was a major force in professional golf, first on the PGA Tour from the 1960s to the mid-to-late 1980s, then on the Champions Tour from... The Eisenhower Trophy is a biennial world amateur team golf championship for men organised by the International Golf Federation. ...

In 1991, Carr was named Captain of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, the first Irishman to hold the post. The clubhouse of the R&A. The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews is the one of the oldest golf clubs in the world, the oldest being the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers at Muirfield. ...

See also

  • Gilleece, Dermot (2004). Breaking 80: The Life and Times of Joe Carr. ISBN 1842231537

External links

  • Biography page on the Carr family business website
  • Irish Examiner obituary
  • Golf Union of Ireland article



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