MGA and Ireland tied for Carey Cup Lead
Stewart Hagestad watches a tee shot <br>(MGA Photo)
Stewart Hagestad watches a tee shot
(MGA Photo)

ORANMORE, Ireland (May 17, 2017) - After the first day of the Carey Cup, the MGA and GUI are tied with 3 points apiece. Wind challenged players in the afternoon fourball matches, which the GUI led 2-1.

After a back-and-forth match, Brian Komline and Tyler Cline began to make moves late on the back nine. Komline birdied the 15th hole to go 1 up, but Alex Gleeson from the GUI answered that with an eagle on 16. All square going into 17, Cline made par which won them the hole after Gleeson struggled off the tee. Cline made another par on 18 to halve the hole, which won Komline and Cline the match and gave the MGA another point.

Colm Campbell and Mark Power won the GUI a point when they defeated Stewart Hagestad and Ethan Ng, 3 & 2. Trevor Randolph and Darin Goldstein had a tough time battling the GUI's Conor O'Rourke and Jonathan Yates, and the GUI secured their third point when O'Rourke and Yates won on the 14th hole.

Thursday's six singles matches will decide who win the cup. The matches will start at 8:30 am.

Thursday's single matches lineup:

Darin Goldstein v. Alex Gleeson
Ethan Ng v. Mark Power
Brian Komline v. Conor O'Rourke
Trevor Randolph v. Kevin Le Blanc
Tyler Cline v. Jonathan Yates
Stewart Hagestad v. Colm Campbell

ABOUT THE Carey Challenge Cup

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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