Sizzling back nine wins Knights of Malta Cup for Laverty

Four handicapper Sean Laverty one of the members of the club’s Leinster title winning Fred Daly Trophy team, lifted the Knights of Malta Cup on Sunday on countback from Michael Keating (16), Aidan Thornton (8) and Tom Clarke (17),

All three finished with scores of three under par, 69, but Laverty’s back nine of 32 was enough to give him the overall prize with Keating taking the runners up spot. There was some consolation for Thornton and Clarke as they won category one and three respectively. Eddie Rogers, off three, took the gross prize with a 73.

After eight holes of his round few would have bet on Laverty being in the final shake-up as a double bogey six at the fourth and bogies at the first and eighth meant he was standing at three over par nett when he stood on the ninth tee.

But he then birdied the par three hole and that kick-started his round as he reeled off another two birdies down the back nine as well as seven pars to cover the home stretch in 34 gross and 32 nett and that was enough to pip Keating for the overall prize.

Sunday, August 6 – Knights Of Malta Cup – Overall: Sean Laverty (4) 69/32, Michael Keating (16) 69/33. Gross: Eddie Rogers (3) 73. Category 1 (0 -11): Aidan Thornton (8) 69, Connor McCaughey (5) 70/34.5. Category 2 (12-17): Tom Clarke (17) 69, Pat Hoey (13) 70/33.5. Category 3 (18-28): Ciaran Daly (18) 70, Hugh Reilly (21)73. CSS: 72.