Who's who: Joe Carr

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Who's who: Joe Carr

  • Name:

    Joseph Benedict "Joe" Carr
  • Country:

    Ireland
  • Lived:

    [1922-2004]. Born on Feb 22, 1922 in Inchicore, nr Dublin. Died on June 3, 2004 in Dublin, aged 82.
  • Original/Home Club:

    Sutton GC, nr Portmarnock.
  • Occupation:

    Amateur golfer.
  • Turned Pro:

    n/a

Roll of Honour

British Amateur champion (1953, '58. '60). Walker Cup player (1947, '49, '51, '53, '55, '57, '59, 61, '63, '65, '67). World Golf Hall of Fame (inducted in 2007).

Did you know?

Born to George and Margaret Waters, Joe was just 10 days old when he was adopted by his maternal aunt Kathleen, and her husband James Carr. The Carrs were appointed as stewards at the Portmarnock Golf Club, providing young Joe with his introduction to golf. Based on his adopted parents position as Club employees, it was not possible for him to join Portmarnock. His lifelong association was with the nearby Sutton Golf Club.

From his humble beginnings, Carr went onto become one of Ireland's greatest amateur players. He appeared in a record 11 Walker Cups, and was paired against Jack Nicklaus in the final day singles in 1961 (Nicklaus won). He won three British Amateur titles, and was also runner-up in 1968. In 1991 he was appointed Captain of The Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, the first Irishman to be accorded this honour.

Top tournaments won by Joe Carr

Category

Amateur

Winner (holder)

Carr, Joe

Score

8 & 7

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

R&A

The Amateur Championship (65th). Carr (Ire) beat Bob Cochran (USA) 8 and 7 in the final. [Dunluce Links, Royal Portrush GC, Co. Antrim, N. Ireland].

Category

Amateur

Winner (holder)

Carr, Joe

Score

3 & 2

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

R&A

The Amateur Championship (63rd). Carr (Ire) beat Alan Thirlwell (Eng) 3 and 2 in the final. [The Old Course, St Andrews, Fife].

1953
Amateur
2 holes
n/a
R&A

Category

Amateur

Winner (holder)

Carr, Joe

Score

2 holes

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

R&A

The Amateur Championship (58th). Carr (Ire) beat E. Harvie Ward (USA) by 2 holes in the final. [Royal Liverpool GC, Hoylake, Wirral, Merseyside].

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