Irish Close champ Carew hoping he has cracked links code for West

Ronan MacNamara

Garda Quentin Carew back at work with his gleaming AIG Irish Close trophy - Image @gardainfo

Irish Amateur Close Championship champion Quentin Carew didn’t have WAGR status and was a 200-1 shot to triumph at Headfort Golf Club last year. It didn’t stop him from winning.

The 31-year-old came from four down after nine holes to Hugh Foley to claim victory at the second extra hole, the 20th. Carew eagled the hole when he hit a 267-yard 2-iron to eight feet and holed the putt.

Carew is a very solid ball striker with a towering ball flight and a gutsy will to compete and outperform his expectations.


Never has he considered himself a links specialist so Saturday’s Rosslare Senior Scratch Cup win would have come as a pleasant surprise and another timely reminder that maybe he can achieve more in golf than he lets on.

“Looking forward it’s a great boost for me heading into the year. Links golf never really suited me because I have such a high ball flight, I always find it difficult to play. Working hard over the winter time on it and today with two good rounds in links golf and tough conditions gives me a lot of confidence going into the year,” said the Tallaght based Garda.

The Allenwood native will tee it up in the centenary West of Ireland Amateur Open Championship and has been handed a high-profile grouping with former South of Ireland winner and local Rosses Point favourite TJ Ford and Meath’s Jack McDonnell.

Heading to the first championship of the year in Co. Sligo Golf Club, Carew is full of confidence and hopes he can upset the big boys again this season.

“My first tournament of the year and I’m looking forward to the West, have a good pairing with TJ Ford and Jack McDonnell so really looking forward to getting stuck into the year and hopefully I can continue the progress I made last year. 

“Hopefully I can have a good positive year ahead.”

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One response to “Irish Close champ Carew hoping he has cracked links code for West”

  1. Gerry Abbott avatar
    Gerry Abbott

    Hi, I think Quentin is from Allenwood in Co. Kildare, and not Abbeyfeale Co. Limerick.
    He played his early golf in Edenderry G.C.
    Regards Ger.

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