All to play for at the Carey Cup

​​​​Singles hold key as GUI and MGA level at 3-3 in the Carey Cup​, sponsored by Corrib Oil​

  • 18 May 2017

Caption: MGA's Stewart Hagestad in action on Wednesday at Galway Bay Golf Resoirt - image courtesy of Cashman Photography


It was honours even on day one of the Carey Cup as both sides finished with three points.

The visitors went ahead thanks to a 2-1 win in the morning foursomes but the MGA's lead was erased when the GUI side picked up two points from the four-balls. 

Naas pair Conor O'Rourke and Jonathan Yates struck twice for the home side, winning both of their matches while novice Mark Power partnered Colm Campbell to a notable victory against Steward Hagestad and Ethan Ng in the four-ball session. 

It was the visitors who held sway after the morning foursomes at a windswept Galway Bay Golf Resort.

The Metropolitan Golf Association, seeking to reclaim the title after defeat to the Golfing Union of Ireland on home soil at Metedeconk in 2015, ended the first session in front when Hagestad and Darin Goldstein closed out a two-hole victory against Alex Gleeson and Kevin Le Blanc.

Clubmates O'Rourke and Yates overturned an early deficit in the first match to claim a 2&1 success. Despite making crucial par saves at 12 and 13 to continue the fightback in match three, Campbell and Power eventually succumbed at 16 against Ng and Tyler Cline.

Over lunch, the GUI side were left to reflect on a mixed start. Blustery conditions made for a demanding test at Galway Bay. MGA pair Hagestad and Goldstein were not flustered though and they won the first four holes against Gleeson and Le Blanc. Campbell and Power also found themselves in arrears early on against Cline and Ng though they were just one behind at the turn.

O'Rourke and Yates were down by two but by the time they reached the 10th, they had their noses in front and went on to win with one hole to spare. Gleeson and Le Blanc won three holes in quick succession to give themselves a live chance on the back nine. Needing to win the last for a half, a bunkered tee shot ended their hopes of recovery.

Gleeson and Le Blanc were first out in the afternoon and once more, they went the distance. One down playing the last, the birdie required eluded them as Cline saved par.

Bogey-free for 14 holes, O'Rourke and Yates sealed an emphatic 6&4 victory in the bottom match. Meanwhile Power and Campbell combined for a 3&2 success, which means Thursday's singles session will be decisive.  

To win the match, three and a half points are needed. The GUI are the current title holders, following their 8-4 win at Metedeconk in 2015.

Governor Hugh L Carey Challenge Cup
Sponsored by Corrib Oil
at Galway Bay Golf Resort

Thursday 18th May
GUI v Metropolitan Golf Association of New York

0830 - Singles (GUI names first)
Alex Gleeson v Darin Goldstein
Mark Power v Ethan Ng
Conor O'Rourke v Brian Komline
Kevin Le Blanc v Trevor Randolph
Jonathan Yates v Tyler Cline
Colm Campbell v Stewart Hagestad

Results - Wednesday 17th May
Foursomes (GUI names first)
Conor O'Rourke & Jonathan Yates beat Brian Komline & Trevor Randolph 2&1; Alex Gleeson & Kevin Le Blanc lost to Stewart Hagestad & Darin Goldstein 2H; Colm Campbell & Mark Power lost to Tyler Cline & Ethan Ng 3&2

Four-Balls (GUI names first)
Alex Gleeson & Kevin le Blanc lost to Brian Komline & Tyler Cline 1H; Colm Campbell & Mark Power beat Stewart Hagestad & Ethan Ng 3&2; Conor O'Rourke & Jonathan Yates beat Trevor Randolph & Darin Goldstein 6&4