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Hornblower Senior: Kevin Carey wins Inaugural title
PLYMOUTH, Mass. (August 19, 2014) -- Kevin Carey (South Dennis, Mass.) emerged from a logjam of 4 players who shot 71 in the first round to win the Inaugural Hornblower Senior at Plymouth Country Club. Carey is a solid player who again showed his skill in New England golf. In 2012, he made it to the round- of-32 at the USGA Senior Amateur.

In the final round, he fired 72 to post 5- over 143 on the par 69 Donald Ross layout, while Jack Kearney stepped in to grab second with the lowest round of the tournament, a 1- over 70.

With a full field of players, and the growing demand for quality senior tournaments, the inaugural tournament can be called a resounding success. I spoke with Tournament Director Mike Ellis after the tournament concluded and he gave me the rundown on an event which just turned 50, and why they decided to create a Hornblower Senior:

Q: What can you tell me about the history of the Hornblower Memorial?

A: The Hornblower itself reached 50 years old this year. I have been involved for about 30 years and chairman of it for about 25 years. My father started it and was chairman prior to that.

Q: Why did you decide to run a Hornblower Senior, and what gave you the premonition that it might be so successful?

A: In all the years I’ve been there I have seen a lot of the same faces; the players that built this tournament into what it is now. Unfortunately they are getting up in years like myself and aren’t as competitive as they used to be. They continue to play and we continue to welcome them to the tournament but it has been at the expense of the young guns coming up that can really compete for the championship. The older guys began to focus on the senior division [which was previously run simultaneous to the Hornblower Memorial] so it hit me to separate them and make a tournament just for them and that would open up more spots in the regular Hornblower for the up-and-comers.

Q: How do you feel the first year went and how many players participated?

A: The reaction to the concept has been fantastic. Numerous guys told me they would play in the senior event and not the Hornblower itself. I forced them to play in the Hornblower one more year since it was the 50th and I wanted them to share in the special year. When I pitched the senior event to the BOD of Plymouth Country Club I promised them 80 players. The reaction was so strong I had to go back to the president of the club to expand it to 100 players. The applications continued to poor in and ultimately we snuck in 120 players and still had to turn players away. It was a raging success. We got all the best seniors to come. The future for this tournament looks great. The club couldn’t be happier with the results. This event will be around for a long time as long as the players continue to come. We have even begun talking about a Hornblower Four-Ball and a Junior Hornblower.

Q: What about the players, the winning score, and your par-69 layout?

A: Kevin Carey was solid as ever and beat out Jack Kearney by one shot in the end. It was a great battle down to the wire. We had a nice crowd looking over the 18th green as Kevin finished and locked up the title. Once again the real winner was PCC and Donald Ross. The winning score on our little 6300 yard par 69 was five over par. A special shout out to our club superintendent Ben Whiting and his staff for making the course perfect and to AJ Petrulak and his staff for running a great event.

PREVIOUSLY POSTED:

PLYMOUTH, Mass. (August 18, 2014) -- The prestigious Hornblower Memorial now has a senior division.

For years, the tournament played in honor of Plymouth CC benefactor has been a staple on the Northeast amateur golf circuit. This year, a separate senior event was launched and from the look of things it's off to an amazing start.

Four players: Aram Hintlian, Kevin Carey, Richard McCarthy, and David Houghton posted 2-over-par 71 to share the first round lead in the 36-hole tournament. To see results and round two pairings, please click the link below. (Please note that the pairings are sorted in reverse order with high scores going off first.)

View results for Hornblower Memorial Senior Invitational Golf Tournament

ABOUT THE Hornblower Senior

Senior Division of long standing invitational at Plymouth CC initiated in 2014. Contact tournament committee to request an invitation.

Hornblower Invitational tournament history
Long running amateur invitational tournament named for Plymouth Country Club "Benefactor" Henry Hornblower who collaborated with the now defunct Pilgrim Hotel to create what is now Plymouth Country Club.

To create a resort complex, the hotel ceded enough land for 3 holes, Hornblower contributed enough for 6 more holes and Plymouth Country Club's first 9 hole course came to life. A brilliant investment advisor (founded Hornblower & Weeks, a leading investment firm in Boston) he not only drove his firm and his country club through the expansion in the 1920s, but even guided both through the perils of the Great Depression that followed. (More history is available on the tournament website.)

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