August 18, 2017
Nearly 100 teams from 12 different countries converged on County Kerry’s renowned Waterville Golf Links for the 28th annual “World Invitational Father & Son Tournament.” Countries represented include the U.S., Canada, Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales, Spain, The Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Brazil and South Africa. The home country took home the trophy as David and Hugh Foley, playing out of Royal Dublin Golf Club, won the prestigious event.
Posting a 19-under-par total, the Foleys finished five shots ahead of the second place team of Ralph and Chad Woodman from Portsmouth Country Club and Old Mill Golf Club respectively. The teams of John and Tom Caravolas from Charles River Country Club and Gene and Joseph playing out of Connecticut’s Stanwich Golf Club, tied for third at 13-under-par.
The Foleys, compiling an impressive 18 birdies over the 54 holes of competition, also won the gross division for the second year in a row.
“The 28th rendition of the annual father and son tournament was another smashing success for our signature event,” says Marty Carr, Carr Golf’s tournament host. “To witness the pure joy of competition and abundance of camaraderie while playing on one of the world’s great layouts was an incredible pleasure to be part of.”
As much fun was had off the course as on it. The extraordinary event featured four nights’ accommodations, daily full Irish breakfast and lunch, welcome cocktail reception, practice round, three tournament rounds, long drive competition, tournament gifts and photo, transfers within Waterville, nightly entertainment, gala dinner, prize ceremony and tournament concierge.
Multiple well-known figures from the sports world participated in the tournament. Dignitaries in the field included the Golf Channel’s Matt Ginella, former horseracing jockey and sporting icon Sir A.P. McCoy, who has ridden over 4,000 winners, and former Ireland rugby captain Keith Wood.
On-course highlights included a “slam dunk” hole-in-one from Chris Snow, playing out of The Country Club of Virginia, and Hugh Foley’s three eagle putts in the final round.
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