Galway Golf Course
5797 Jockey St
Galway, NY 12074
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
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.