Early starter Cumiskey wins Knights of Malta Cup

Andrew Cumiskey won the Knights of Malta Cup on Sunday when he shot a four under par 68 on the club’s formidable Blue course in what was the penultimate round of the Golfer of the Year competition.

The 15 handicapper had one shot to spare over Billy Cairns (5) as Zak Alderdice (4), Pat McGuinness (15) and Noel McGuinness (129) took the category prizes.

Playing in the second group of the day, Cumiskey opened with a par at the first and then reeled off three bogeys followed by three successive pars and finished the front nine with bogeys at eight and nine to turn in 33 nett.  

His only double bogey of the day came on the par five tenth but he bounced back with a par on the index two 11th and then added further pars at the 13th, 16th and 18th to come home in 35 nett and claim the overall prize.

Senior Panel member Conor Curran (1) was in fine form over the weekend as he shot 38pts to win Saturday’s Singles Stableford and then shot 70 on Sunday to win the Gross Prize in the Knights of Malta Cup. Conal Mullin (21) was another player who had a good weekend as he won the Juvenile Prize in both weekend competitions.

Teenager Zak Alderdice (5) continued his recent fine run by shooting 42pts to win Wednesday’s Open Singles Stableford competition which was sponsored by Deluxe Bathroom and Tiling.

Among those he left in his wake was Walker Cup player Caolan Rafferty (+6) who warmed up for this week’s event in Hoylake by shooting 39pts to record the best gross score.

On Sunday, Alderdice, now playing off four, shot a two under par 70 to take the Category 1 prize in the Knights of Malta Cup.

Sunday, September 1 – Knights of Malta Cup – Overall: Andrew Cumiskey (15) 68, Billy Cairns (5) 69/31.5. Gross: Conor Curran (1) 70. Category 1 (0-12): Zak Alderdice (4) 70/35, Alan Hurley (5) 70/35.5. Category 2 (13-18): Pat McGuinness (15) 71/34.5, Malcolm Drake (14) 71. Category 3 (19+): Noel McGuinness (19) 72/33.5, Gerry Campbell (24) 74/36/20. Juvenile: Conall Mullins (21) 68. CSS: 73.