Jason McCarthy’s US Ryder Cup Million Dollar Challenge Delight

He can smile: Jason McCarthy pictured with the ‘Million Dollar Challenge’ certificate which verifies his hole-in-one in Portugal and his ticket to the Ryder Cup in America in 2020.
The mainly Castleisland contingent celebrating Jason McCarthy’s big-prize hole-in-one at the Vale do Lobos Ocean Course in Portugal in the Million Dollar Challenge. From left: Moss Hartnett, Crohan Fitzgerald, Kevin Hanifin, John Brennan, Ned O’Callaghan, Brendan Herbert, Thomas Brennan, Joe Hartnett, Tim Quirke, Jason McCarthy Million Dollar Hole in One contestant; Joe Walsh, Tom McCarthy, Ciaran Fleming, Martin Downey, John Herlihy, Gerard Walsh, Paul Geaney, Martin O’Donoghue and Denis Galvin.

The English World War 1 poet Rupert Brooke wrote, in the course of his poem The Soldier: ‘That there’s some corner of a foreign field That is for ever England.’

Castleisland golfer Jason McCarthy could borrow the line and paraphrase it in immeasurably happier circumstances than those of the unfortunate Brooke (1887 – 1915)

Memorable Achievement

Jason’s memorable achievement in the corner of a foreign field has earned him a trip to the 2020 Ryder Cup in Whistling Straits, Wisconsin in the USA.

Jason landed what can be only described as the trip-of-a-lifetime when he was signed up by the New York based Moss Hartnett to have a go at the 166m seventh hole of Vale do Lobo’s Ocean Course in Portugal, while competing in the Million Dollar Hole in One Challenge.

He was accompanied on the trip out there by a near two dozen strong squad of friends and neighbours who were celebrating Tom Brennan’s 80th birthday.

Take the Challenge

A tiler by trade, Jason opted to take the challenge during the game and went on to hit his approach shot to the 166m seventh hole.

The ball went straight down the middle and hit the green. It climbed a bank at the back of the green and began to trickle back down towards the hole. It trickled its way back down and it trickled and, unbelievably, trickled right into the hole – and then the celebrations started.

“It finished the game for most of us out on the course at the time as they were all roaring and shouting and dancing around the place.

Champaigne and Signs

“We all ran over to find out what happened and we thought they were having us on but the course management arrived with champaigne and signs and the celebrations went on,” said a member of the travelling party.

The course’s par-three challenge invites players to have a go and offers a host of prizes.

$1m Jackpot Challenge

A hole-in-one on a designated green on one of the 40 participating courses around Europe entitles the lucky / skillful golfer to the US trip.

A major part of the prize allows the US bound golfers to play in a $1m jackpot challenge during the Europe V US 2020 Ryder Cup and Jason McCarthy will take his place among the qualifiers.

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