La Morte, Randolph join Goldstein, Nicholas on MGA Carey Cup Squad
ELMSFORD, N.Y. (August 7, 2019) – After announcing Darin Goldstein of Deepdale and James Nicholas of Westchester Country Club as the first two members of this October’s Carey Cup team, the MGA is pleased to announce Thomas La Morte of Knickerbocker and Trevor Randolph of Arcola as its latest team members.
The 15th Governor Hugh L. Carey Challenge Cup serves as a highlight on the fall schedule, with the biennial matches between the MGA and the Golfing Union of Ireland taking place October 22-23 at Arcola Country Club in Paramus, N.J.
La Morte and Randolph – currently ranking No. 4 and No. 6 on the MGA’s points list for the MGA Jerry Courville Sr. Player of the Year Award – have both put together strong seasons so far in 2019.
La Morte, 23, has been atop Met Area leader boards all season having finished second in the 64th Ike, Hochster Memorial, Mittelmark Invitational, and NYC Amateur. He first competed on an MGA International Team last fall in the French-American Challenge and will be making his first Carey Cup appearance.
Randolph, 46, has claimed a pair of victories this season, winning the Hochster Memorial and Eagle Oaks Invitational. The five-time MGA International Team member and two-time MGA Mid-Amateur champion also recently advanced to match play in the 117th Met Amateur and qualified for September’s U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship.
The duo join previously announced team members Goldstein and Nicholas – the last two winners of the MGA Jerry Courville Sr. Player of the Year Award.
The final two team members of the six-man team are planned to be announced following the 104th Met Open Championship Presented by Callaway, which takes place Aug. 20-22 at Piping Rock Club in Locust Valley, N.Y.
The Carey Cup – which originated as the Metedeconk International Challenge Cup – was first played in 1990. The teams played once again in Ireland in 1992 but did not meet in 1994. In 1996, the matches were conducted again thanks to an effort spearheaded by the late Governor Hugh L. Carey, who envisioned the matches as an opportunity to foster sportsmanship and goodwill between the countries. Ever since, the matches have been played in his honor with a spirit of camaraderie and competition.
The event officially kicks off on Monday, October 21 with an "Am-Am," in which each of the GUI and MGA players will be paired with three amateurs in a best ball competition.