The following statement was issued this morning by Seamus Smith, General Secretary of the Golfing Union of Ireland
The Golfing Union of Ireland will be forever be indebted to the late Joe Carr for his massive contribution to amateur golf – as a player, team captain, administrator and international ambassador.
He was unquestionably Ireland’s greatest amateur player over a span of more than twenty years during which he won forty major championships, and represented his country with great distinction throughout the world.
After his illustrious playing career, Joe turned his talents to the administration side of the game, and played another major role as Captain in the successes of Irish International teams.
During his remarkable career he had the wonderful distinction of playing for Britain and Ireland in ten Walker Cup matches, in addition to being Captain of the team on two occasions, and was also honoured with the Captaincy of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews in 1991/92.
Joe was a Trustee of the Golfing Union of Ireland up to the time of his passing and indeed gave his full support to the Union’s decision to move its headquarters and build a National Golf Academy at Carton House.
Joe’s great spirit, warm and friendly welcome for all will be very sadly missed. We will always be able to cherish warm memories of a true champion, and gentleman, and we extend our deepest sympathy to all his family.
Please visit www.gui.ie to read ‘The Passing of a Legend‘ by Philip Reid of The Irish Times