Photos of tournament

Royal Portrush Golf Club 2015

Carr Mara 2015 in Royal Portrush was an outstanding success. From the outset the warmth of the welcome which was genuine and immediate. The Sunday practice day was accompanied by a fantastic air show by the Red Arrows. The display included swoops by the Arrows up and down the golf courses and across the sea.

On day two practice day, another great golf day weather wise, saw all the 14 teams readying themselves for contest. Monday night, we all dined in the Mermaid Restaurant in Portrush. A great setting and superb food.

First day of the tournament also saw splendid weather conditions and great golf scores. Tuesday night's entertainment was a special occasion laid on by the host club. The food and drinks were supplied by them. Whiskey toasting laid on by the host club at the Bushmills Distillery was a feature as well as a display of Irish Dancing which included notable contributions by some of our nimble players, another memorable night. The final day of the tournament saw the host club pull away from the field and score a popular success to win the Carr Mara Trophy.


Drama unfolded unfolded for the Gross Prize and the Champion Golfer award. Andrew Morris, Royal Portrush and Kevin Hammer, Pine Valley, tied with totals of 76 and 70 for 146. A play off ensued over three holes and Andrew Morris emerged the winner by a shot. The Senior Event medal Winner was won by Merrick McQuilling with a total of 155, a very popular winner too. Pine Valley were triumphant to secure the overseas prizes with some splendid play.

We cannot but marvel at the conditions of the golf courses and their presentation. The Players were treated to food and drinks at the half way huts on both courses.

The Gala Night Dinner with black tie, was a fitting finale to a great tournament. The key note speech was delivered by Joe McGoldrick of medical and surgical fame with great wit and skill.

We find it difficult to express our gratitude to our hosts. Captain Sir Richard McLaughlin, his committee, his members, his catering staff, his links staff, his Pro shop staff were quite superb in every way. We must give special mention to Simon Rankin Captain 2014, John Bamber, Hon Treasurer, Philip Tweedie, Hon Secretary for their great work over the past two years

Finally Wilma Erskine for everything, it would not have been possible for such excellence without her.

The following Clubs participated in the Competition:



Items and Correspondence:

"I was in a bunker, It was rather deep, Took a while to get outta there, part of a week, Followed up with a long iron, To some hairy, greenside rough I tell you baby, This Portrush is pretty tough..."
The lyrics to Carr Mara Blues as performed by Donal Bolger at the Portrush Hotel Room.

"The attention to detail of your people made more impressive by the extraordinary effort and hospitality of Royal Portrush Golf Club"
Letter to Royal Portrush from Carr Mara Trust.

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