After almost 40 years of membership, John Carroll won his first major in his home club yesterday when he won the Captain’s Prize. The veteran won the Bandon Captain’s Prize which involved an 18 hole qualifier and a nine hole play-off.
Close to 300 Bandon members took part in John Collins Captain’s Prize. John had a nett 70 after 18 holes, and that was enough to get the veteran into the 9 hole play-off. He added +1 to his total in the nine hole play-off, and in doing so he scooped his first major at his home club. He had won a number of scratch cups, and spent much of the past 30 years playing off scratch. John focused on his golf game after retiring from soccer, and as well as playing in Bandon, he also represented Munster and Ireland. Carroll, has been a great ambassador for Bandon Golf Club, he was capped as a senior international in 2000, and has spent well over a decade working with Bandon, Munster and Irish representative teams. He was involved in two of Bandon’s all-Ireland wins, the Irish Mixed Foursomes in 2002 and the Irish Senior Cup in 2010. He’s still actively involved as a Munster Branch Delegate, he’s regularly seen officiating at Cups & Shields matches and after 15 years, he’s still a Munster Inter-provincial selector.
John was playing off 4 for the Captain’s Prize but give his current form there’s a high likelihood that he’ll drop drop back down to a lower mark shortly. It’s no surprise that there were plenty of people passing on their congratulations when his son John posted the news on Facebook: