Alfie Corry



A native of Belfast, Alfie joined the R.U.C. in 1926 and after a short period in the depot in Newtownards he was posted to Newcastle where he completed his service. A sensible and popular officer, Alfie, without being derelict in his duty, was more inclined to show the yellow card rather than the red one. He commanded the respect of the entire community not least among the members of Mourne, where he led by example. His first handicap with the Shilling Sweepers was 18 - his lowest was plus 1. When he retired in 1963 he still had a handicap of 2.

Alfie’s duties prevented him from entering as many Amateur events as he would have liked unless they were played in Newcastle. At such times he distinguished himself especially in 1955 when he reached the quarter finals of the Irish Open Championship, being beaten at the 18th by the eventual winner, J F Fitzgibbon of Cork who beat J W Hulme of Warrenpoint in the final.

In the British Police Championship his record was second to none. He was selected as a member of the R.U.C. team every year from 1930 to 1961 and won the Individual Championship as follows:

1939 at Southport and Ainsdale
1947 at Royal Porthcawl
1948 at City of Glasgow
1949 at Royal Lytham and St Annes (Where he shared 1st Place in a triple tie).

Moira Smyth, daughter of Wilson Smyth partnered Alfie in the R.U.C. Mixed Foursomes which they won four times.

In domestic golf, he won the Scratch Cup on many occasions, and captained the Senior Cup team which won the Ulster Section in 1947. The All Ireland finals that year were held in Lahinch in Munster. As none of the Mourne team had ever played the course, they travelled down to Lahinch three days early to practise. Unfortunately, on the first day of practice they got to the 6th hole when the heavens opened and washed out the practice on that day and on each of the following practice days. Not surprisingly, they were beaten comprehensively by the Munster Champions, Muskerry.

The Mourne team was J J Toner, B C McManus, A Corry (Captain) James Toner and J E Marshall.

In 1950, Mourne won the Ulster Section of the Barton Shield. However neither Alfie nor BC were available for the All Ireland Finals at Baltray. In their place went John Doran and Dan Rafferty.

The pairings were J J Toner / John Doran and James Toner / D Rafferty.

Unexpectedly they beat a strong Galway team by one of the biggest margins ever recorded in the Barton Shield. However, in the final they had to give best to a Sutton team which was composed of V B Carr / J P Carroll and M Fitzpatrick / R H McInnally.