Published on : Friday, September 2, 2016
The 27th World Invitational Father & Son Golf Tournament concluded at the famous Kerry Links, with an American victory in the Championship for the first time in four years.
The event which is hosted annually by Carr Golf comprised of 82 teams from 11 different countries – Ireland, USA, England, Scotland, Wales, Italy, Spain, South Africa, Bahamas, Barbados and Denmark.
USA’s Tom & Thomas Maheras playing out of Meadow Brook Club won the Championship with a magnificent score of 122 points. They were followed closely by Scottish duo Martin & Jamie Gilbert from Royal Aberdeen GC, with a total score of 119. Irish Father & Son pairing Brian & Gareth Coen from Druids Glen & TPC Stonebrae placed third with 116.
In the gross category, Irish duo David & Hugh Foley from Royal Dublin Golf Club took the prize, while Guglielmo & Nicolo Sartori Di Borgoricco from Italy – and playing out of The Buckinghamshire Golf Club in England – took home the win for the Plate category. Finally, Ireland were victorious in the Adopted Category with Ross & Dery Desmond from The Wisely & The K Club claiming the prize.
The Tournament teed off on Thursday morning as participants played in a Better Ball Stableford format. Calm conditions made for perfect scoring opportunities and John & Tom Caravolas took full advantage, posting 44 points to lead after Round 1. Day 2 saw the format change to Scotch Foursomes Stableford and Tom & Thomas Maheras were in the zone as they scored an impressive 43 points to take their place at the top of the leaderboard, a position they wouldn’t relinquish. As Round 3 got underway and the format returned to Better Ball Stableford, just six points separated the top 9 teams setting up a tight finale at the head of the field. Plenty of teams made an early charge for top spot but as the round progressed it became clear that it was going to take something special to dislodge the leaders. Martin & Jamie Gilbert produced a valiant effort with a final round score of 43 but in the end they came up just short as the Maheras’ eventually won the Championship by 3 points.
All 82 teams competed over the first 36 holes, before the top 16 teams (or tied) went through to the 3rd round to play for the Championship. The remainder of the field moved into an 18-hole plate competition on the Saturday.
Marty Carr, CEO of Carr Golf commented: “This year saw the introduction for the first time of the Silverballs competition, with 100 silver golf balls scattered throughout the course for collection by participants during the tournament.”
Matt Ginella was the winner of the competition and he won a personalised 44pc Newbridge Silverware EPNS cutlery canteen featuring his family crest for his efforts.
All participants received personalised Newbridge Silverware gifts, whilst the winner’s prizes were also commissioned by Newbridge Silverware.
Speaking at the event, Marty Carr, Chairman Carr Golf said, “This special tournament is the highlight of our annual calendar and has gone from strength to strength in recent years. The wonderful atmosphere at the event is a sight to behold and sees friendships formed between players from across the world”
“We were further delighted to have Newbridge Silverware on board as an Official Partner for the first time”, he added.