Joe Carr

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Joe Carr
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name Joseph Benedict Carr
Born (1922-02-22)22 February 1922
Inchicore, Ireland
Died 3 June 2004(2004-06-03) (aged 82)
Dublin, Ireland
Nationality  Ireland
Career
Status Amateur
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament 52nd: 1968
U.S. Open CUT: 1967
The Open Championship 8th: 1960
PGA Championship DNP
U.S. Amateur T3: 1961
British Amateur Won: 1953, 1958, 1960
Achievements and awards
World Golf Hall of Fame 2007 (member page)
Bob Jones Award 1961

Joseph Benedict Carr (22 February 1922 – 3 June 2004) was an Irish amateur golfer.[1]

Carr was born in Inchicore, a suburb of Dublin, Ireland, to George and Margaret Mary "Missie" Waters (the fifth of seven children). At 10 days old, he was adopted by his maternal aunt, Kathleen, and her husband, James Carr, who were childless and had recently returned home from India. The Carrs had just been appointed steward and stewardess of the Portmarnock Golf Club, allowing young Joe to play golf from a very early age.[2]

Carr won his first major tournament, the East of Ireland Amateur, at the age of 19 in 1941, which started one of Ireland's greatest golfing careers. He went on to win twelve East of Ireland titles, twelve West of Ireland titles, six Irish Amateur Close Championships, four Irish Amateur Opens, and three South of Ireland titles.

Carr won The Amateur Championship three times, in 1953, 1958, and 1960, and was runner-up in 1968. He was a semifinalist at the U.S. Amateur in 1961, and was low amateur at The Open Championship in both 1956 and 1958 (and finished 8th overall in 1960). In 1967, he became the first Irishman to play in the Masters Tournament (making the cut). Carr received the Bob Jones Award in 1961, the USGA's highest honor, which is given for "distinguished sportsmanship in golf". He was the first non-American to win the award.

Internationally, Carr represented Ireland in numerous amateur golfing events. He was a member of a record eleven Walker Cup teams from 1947 to 1967, including non-playing captain in 1965 and playing captain in 1967, amassing a record of 5-14-1. After several years of playing against the United States' top-ranked players, he was moved down in the order for the 1961 event—only to be paired against Jack Nicklaus (who won the match). He played and captained on multiple Eisenhower Trophy teams, and represented Ireland in the Home Internationals every year from 1947 to 1969. Carr retired from competitive golf in 1971, after his son Roddy played for the winning Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup team.

In 1991, Carr was named Captain of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, the first Irishman to hold the post. In July 2007, Carr was elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame in the Lifetime Achievement category, and was inducted in November 2007.

From 1992 until his death in 2004, Carr was president of Mount Juliet Golf Club in Kilkenny. Mount Juliet still hosts the annual J.B. Carr Trophy for its members.

Amateur wins (40)[edit]

  • 1941 East of Ireland Amateur
  • 1943 East of Ireland Amateur
  • 1945 East of Ireland Amateur
  • 1946 Irish Open Amateur, West of Ireland Amateur, East of Ireland Amateur
  • 1947 West of Ireland Amateur
  • 1948 West of Ireland Amateur, East of Ireland Amateur, South of Ireland Amateur
  • 1950 Irish Open Amateur
  • 1951 West of Ireland Amateur
  • 1953 British Amateur, West of Ireland Amateur
  • 1954 Irish Open Amateur, Irish Close Amateur, West of Ireland Amateur
  • 1956 Irish Open Amateur, West of Ireland Amateur, East of Ireland Amateur
  • 1957 Irish Close Amateur, East of Ireland Amateur
  • 1958 British Amateur, West of Ireland Amateur, East of Ireland Amateur
  • 1960 British Amateur, West of Ireland Amateur, East of Ireland Amateur
  • 1961 West of Ireland Amateur, East of Ireland Amateur
  • 1962 West of Ireland Amateur
  • 1963 Irish Close Amateur
  • 1964 Irish Close Amateur, East of Ireland Amateur
  • 1965 Irish Close Amateur
  • 1966 West of Ireland Amateur, South of Ireland Amateur
  • 1967 Irish Close Amateur
  • 1969 East of Ireland Amateur, South of Ireland Amateur

Major championships[edit]

Amateur wins (3)[edit]

Year Championship Winning Score Runner-up
1953 The Amateur Championship 2 up United States Harvie Ward
1958 The Amateur Championship 3 & 2 England Alan Thirlwell
1960 The Amateur Championship 8 & 7 United States Robert Cochran

Results timeline[edit]

Tournament 1948 1949
Masters Tournament DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP DNP
The Open Championship DNP DNP
U.S. Amateur DNP R64
The Amateur Championship R64 R64
Tournament 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959
The Masters DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship DNP T24 DNP DNP DNP CUT T36 LA CUT 37 LA T38
U.S. Amateur DNP DNP DNP R128 DNP DNP DNP R256 DNP DNP
The Amateur Championship QF SF SF 1 SF QF R128 R128 1 R16
Tournament 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
The Masters DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 55 52 CUT
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT DNP DNP
The Open Championship 8 CUT CUT CUT CUT T33 DNP CUT DNP DNP
U.S. Amateur DNP SF DNP DNP DNP T38 DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Amateur Championship 1 - - - - - - - 2 -
Tournament 1970 1971
The Masters DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP DNP
The Open Championship DNP CUT
U.S. Amateur DNP DNP
The Amateur Championship - -

LA = Low Amateur
DNP = Did not play
CUT = Missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
R256, R128, R64, R32, R16, QF, SF = Round in which player lost in match play
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10

Source for The Masters: www.masters.com

Source for U.S. Open and U.S. Amateur: USGA Championship Database

Source for The Open Championship: www.opengolf.com

Source for 1948 British Amateur: The Glasgow Herald, May 27, 1948, pg. 6.

Source for 1949 British Amateur: The Glasgow Herald, May 26, 1949, pg. 8.

Source for 1950 British Amateur: The Glasgow Herald, May 27, 1950, pg. 9.

Source for 1951 British Amateur: The Glasgow Herald, May 26, 1951, pg. 5.

Source for 1952 British Amateur: The Glasgow Herald, May 31, 1952, pg. 5.

Source for 1954 British Amateur: The Glasgow Herald, May 29, 1954, pg. 4.

Source for 1955 British Amateur: The Glasgow Herald, June 4, 1955, pg. 9.

Source for 1956 British Amateur: The Glasgow Herald, May 30, 1956, pg. 4.

Source for 1957 British Amateur: The Glasgow Herald, May 29, 1957, pg. 4.

Source for 1959 British Amateur: The Glasgow Herald, May 29, 1959, pg. 11.

Team appearances[edit]

Amateur

  • Walker Cup (representing Great Britain & Ireland): 1947, 1949, 1951, 1953, 1955, 1957, 1959, 1961, 1963, 1965 (tie, non-playing captain), 1967 (playing captain)
  • Eisenhower Trophy: 1958, 1960

References[edit]

  1. ^ Alliss, Peter (1983). The Who's Who of Golf. Orbis Publishing. p. 221. ISBN 0-85613-520-8. 
  2. ^ "My name was Waters". Archived from the original on 2004-02-05. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Gilleece, Dermot (2004). Breaking 80: The Life and Times of Joe Carr. ISBN 1-84223-153-7

External links[edit]