Rewriting Juvenile Pitch and Putt history - Evan Carry
Irish juvenile history maker Evan Carry was privileged to play for Ireland and thrilled to co-captain the Irish team with such a legend of Pitch and Putt as Geraldine Ward. “It’s an honour to be on the team, never mind being captain,” recalls Evan of his first international appearance for Ireland, against the Catalans at Seapoint on August 28th.
“The lads were unreal,” said Evan of his team, who led the juvenile section of the international by 2-1 after the foursomes before eventually triumphing 8-1, in a 13-5 overall International Challenge Cup success for the combined Irish ladies and juvenile side.
“We knew as well after the doubles that if we got the right order we’d definitely win the six,” said the three-time Irish juvenile Strokeplay champion, who lined-out at Seapoint, fresh from equalling Barry O’Neill’s record, which dated from 1999. Win the six they did, fully justifying this tribute from their captain. “The six players are the best six in the country.”
Evan, who won a third successive National Juvenile Strokeplay championship (to emulate O’Neill) just over a week prior to the international, celebrated an exciting one-hole win in the singles at Seapoint over Catalan juvenile sensation Alex Albinana Junior. “He’s one of the best 12 year olds around,” says Evan of the youthful Catalan, who just a month after Seapoint, won the Andorra Open at Xixerella.
“He’d beat half the seniors in this country. He’s unbelievable. If he keeps playing, he’ll be one of the best. Definitely one of the nicest lads to play with as well,” is Evan Carry’s assessment of the young man who top scored for Catalonia at the 2018 European Team championship at Urduna.
Just two days before the international, Evan fired impressive rounds of 50, 49 and 47 to be Under 16 champion at the VII Irish Open. Evan’s 146 aggregate was joint seventh best overall. He clearly likes the famous links at Termonfeckin for he also won the 2018 Leinster Juvenile Strokeplay at Seapoint. Evan Carry was one of four players to maintain a 100% record in the Ireland v. Catalonia match. Dylan Hudson, Glenn Towler and Luke Murphy were the others.
Evan Carry now stands alone in the annals of Irish juvenile Pitch and Putt for he added the Irish Juvenile Matchplay title to his CV this summer, a title that was not contested in the Barry O’Neill era. He is the first player ever to win both Boys' Strokeplay and Matchplay and he is only player to win four national boys’ championships
“I’m delighted to win it,” says Evan of the Matchplay championship, in which he succeeded clubmate Seanie Bellew as the winner. “He wouldn’t shut up about it all year. That’s one over him – this one!” laughs Evan. “No, it's nice to win it after Seanie, because we’re good friends as well.”
“I was playing terribly as well at the start,” admits Carry of the early rounds of the Matchplay, which was held at Kilbeggan in July. “The quarter-final (against Deerpark’s Jack McCarthy) was the only match I played well in.”
“Thankfully, I got through and I played well (in the semi-final and finals). The first round (of the final) I didn’t play too well. I was on fire in the back nine.” Evan paid tribute to his final opponent, Parteen’s Shea Fennell. “He’s a great player.”
Through all his successes, the young Co. Meath player has operated to a very simple formula. “If I just keep playing well, I’ll get there.”
Sixteen-year-old Evan moves into the adult ranks now and would love to try to emulate fellow Castletown player Eamon Gibney and win European championship and World Cup with Ireland. “I can’t wait. It’s a different game when I go out there but I’ll give it a go anyway I have nothing to lose.”