Metropolitan Golf Association Gov. Hugh L. Carey Challenge Cup
May 16 - October 18 2017
Galway, NY



Galway Golf Course
5797 Jockey St
Galway, NY  12074
phone: (518) 882-6395
url: www.galwaygolfclub.com

Tournament Overview

Biannual event most recently held in 2013. Next event in 2015.

In the fall of 1990, a team of amateurs from the Golfing Union of Ireland came to compete against the MGA. Known then as the first Metedeconk International Challenge Cup, the concept can be credited to Metedeconk National Golf Club founders Richard and Herbert Sambol and perennial club champion and international golfer Finbarr Kiely. The MGA won its first encounter with the GUI, but were not so fortunate when invited to Waterville, Ireland in 1992.

The competition resumed in its present form in 1996 after former New York Governor Hugh L. Carey spearheaded the revival of the matches. Carey donated a silver claret jug which serves as the official trophy to foster commerce between the two countries and to promote sportsmanship and goodwill through friendly competition. Named the Carey Cup, the first installment was held at the spectacular Hudson National Golf Club, where the MGA won back the title. The matches have continued biennially, with six-man teams playing a Walker Cup-style competition featuring Four-ball, Foursomes, and Singles matches at some of the best courses in Ireland and the Met Area. A spot on this prestigious team is one of the most sought-after accomplishments for Met Area competitors.

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The Carey Cup began in 1990, when a team of amateurs from the Golfing Union of Ireland traveled to the U.S. to compete against a team of MGA amateurs in what was then called the Metedeconk International Challenge Cup, held at Metedeconk National Golf Club in Jackson, N.J. The teams played again in Ireland in 1992, but the event was not held in 1994.

In 1996, Governor Carey, a proud Irish- American, spearheaded a revival of the matches to foster sportsmanship and goodwill between the countries, and the matches were named in his honor. Every two years since, the Carey Cup has been played in a spirit of camaraderie and competition, and this year it will be held for the first time at Bethpage, a two-time U.S. Open venue and future host site of The Barclays.

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