17th Governor Hugh L. Carey Challenge Cup October 19-20, 2023 | Winged Foot Golf Club | Mamaroneck, New York


The MGA and the then Golfing Union of Ireland first faced off in the fall of 1990, in what was then known as the Metedeconk International Challenge Cup. The MGA first traveled to Ireland for the Matches at Waterville in 1992. The competition then resumed in 1996 after former New York Governor Hugh L. Carey spearheaded the revival of the matches and donated a silver claret jug, which serves as the official trophy to foster commerce between the two countries and to promote sportsmanship and goodwill through friendly competition.

While the all-time record stands at 8-5-3 in favor of the Irish, the MGA holds a 2-1-2 lead in the last five playings.

2021 MGA Carey Cup team at Carton House in County Kildare, Ireland.

Left: Governor Carey with Carey Cup.

MGA v. Golf Ireland

In 2021, the Governor Hugh L. Carey Cup received a notable format update, expanding teams from six members to 10 with the addition of four women’s competitors to both sides. With the change, teams compete for 20 points, instead of 12, in determining the winning side. A spot on this prestigious team is one of the most sought-after accomplishments for Met Area competitors.

Golf Ireland was established in 2019 and became operational in January 2021, succeeding the Golfing Union of Ireland (GUI) and the Irish Ladies Golf Union (ILGU) as the single governing body for golf in Ireland.

Meet the Team

Pendleton Bogache | Deepdale

  • Top Competitor at Georgetown University
  • 2022 Farrell Stroke-Play Medalist
  • 1st MGA International Team

Christian Cavaliere | Hudson National

  • Three-time Westchester Amateur Champion
  • Qualified for 2023 U.S. Open Championship
  • Runner-up at the 2023 Ike and finalist at 2023 Met Amateur
  • 2nd MGA International Team

Mark Costanza | Baltusrol

  • 2020 and 2021 MGA Player of the Year
  • Quarterfinalist, 2023 Met Amateur
  • Finalist, 2021 U.S. Mid-Amateur
  • 2020 Ike MGA Stroke Play Champion
  • 3rd MGA International Team

Chris DeJohn | Arcola

  • 2021 MGA Mid-Amateur Champion
  • 2023 Travis Invitational Champion
  • Numerous Top-Five Finishes in 2023 Area Events
  • 2nd MGA International Team

Darin Goldstein | Deepdale

  • 2018 MGA Player of the Year
  • Six-Time Long Island Player of the Year
  • 2023 Hochster and Havemeyer Invitationals Champion
  • 8th MGA International Team

Ina Kim-Schaad | Deepdale

  • 2019 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur Champion
  • 3-time WMGA/MGA Women's Met Amateur Champion
  • 3rd MGA International Team

Kaitlyn Lee | Winged Foot

  • All-American Scholar at Yale University
  • Competitor, 2023 U.S. Women's Amateur Four-Ball & 2022 Women's Amateur Championships
  • Former Winged Foot Club Champion
  • 1st MGA International Team

Matt Lowe | Bethpage

  • 2023 MGA Public Links Champion
  • 2022 Long Island Golf Association Player of the Year
  • Former Ike MGA Stroke Play Champion
  • 1st MGA International Team

Catherine McEvoy | Innis Arden

  • 2022 Farell Champion
  • 2022 Women's Open Division Champion at National Club Championship
  • 1st MGA International Team

Brad Tilley | Sleepy Hollow

  • 2022 MGA Player of the Year
  • 2022 Met Amateur Champion
  • 2022 Westchester Open Champion
  • T5 at 2023 Ike, 3rd at 2023 Westchseter Open
  • 2019 MGA Mid-Amateur Champion
  • 5th MGA International Team

Winged Foot Golf Club

  • East Course: Par 72; 6808 Yards from Championship Tees
  • West Course: Par 72; 7426 Yards from Championship Tees
  • Opened in 1923; Ranked in Golf Digest's 100 Greatest Courses since 1966
  • Host of Six USGA National Championships
  • This will be the first Carey Cup conducted at Winged Foot