Cormac Malone was an impressive winner of final Golfer of the Year competition when he won the Knights of Malta Cup by one shot from Graham Purcell after shooting an eight under par 64 nett.
Playing off 16, Malone produced a round that had one birdie, eight pars and no double bogeys. Over the front nine he had birdie at the par five sixth and pars at the first, fourth, seventh and eighth as he turned in 39, which was 31 nett.
Down the back he had pars at the 10th, 12th, 13th and 14th for a 41, which was 33 nett and gave him his overall score of 64 nett.
Purcell, who was playing off 21, covered the front nine in one shot less than Malone after shooting 30 nett but, although he had three pars down the back nine, three double bogeys saw him come home in 35 nett to lose out on the overall prize by one.
Purcell did claim the Division 3 honours with Maurice Soraghan (9) taking Division 1 and David Brennan (17) winning Division 2. Peter Rogers took the gross prize with a 76. It was also a day to remember for John Farrell who had a hole in one at the fifth.
The competition was also a qualifier for the 3Ts national final and Malone will join the Ladies winner, Pauline Campbell, as well as the Captain and Lady Captain, in representing the club in that event.
Andrew Coburn (8) won the McKenna Man Open Singles Stableford last Wednesday on countback from Pat Davies (22) after both had finished tied on 40pts.
The Singles Stableford competition held on Saturday was won by Kieran Dunne (21) who shot 38pts which was one better than Eoin Murphy (+4), Neal Mackell (0) and Noel Crowe (27).
Saturday, August 19 and Sunday, August 20 - Knights of Malta (GOY 10) – Singles Stroke – Overall: Cormac Malone (16) 64. Gross: Peter Rogers 76. Division 1: Maurice Soraghan (9) 69, Carl Stewart (9) 70. Division 2: David Brennan (17) 68, Kieran Arthurs (15) 71. Division 3: Graham Purcell (21) 65, Niall Morgan (29) 71.
Wednesday, August 23 - McKenna Man Open Singles Stableford – Overall: Andrew Coburn (8) 40/22pts, Patrick Davis (22) 40/20pts. Division 1: Ultan Gaughran (9) 38pts. Division 2: Stephen Fitzpatrick (20) 38pts. Division 3: Kevin Henry (20) 38pts. Gross Recognition: Neal Mackell 37pts.
Saturday, 26 August 2023 – Singles Stableford – Overall: Kieran Dunne (21) 38pts. Division 1: Neal Mackell (0) 37pts. Division 2: Pádraig Ó Gallachóir (14) 36pts. Division 3: Noel Crowe (27) 37pts. Gross Recognition: Eoin Murphy 37pts.
The 3T’s competition was played on Saturday, August 19 and Tuesday, August 22. The 3T’s charity helps prevent deaths by suicide through education, research, and support. This tournament is one of their key fundraising activities, and was very kindly sponsored by Blackrock Abbey Nursing Home.
The overall winner, Pauline Campbell, returned a superb score of 38pts. Her front nine included pars at the second, seventh and ninth holes. A further three pars on the back nine followed, with a superb birdie three on the eighteenth. Her back nine proved key in securing the top spot on countback from Nora Donaghy. Nora claimed the Division 3 title and Sinead O’Callaghan was the winner of Division 2.
Pauline will now represent the ladies with the Lady Captain, Captain and the men’s qualifier, Cormac Malone, at the 3T’s Finals. Many thanks to Blackrock Abbey for their very kind sponsorship of this event.
Saturday, August 19 and Tuesday, August 22 - 18 Hole Stableford and 3T’s Competition sponsored by Blackrock Abbey - Division 1: Pauline Campbell (15) 38pts, Anna Rowland (12) 36pts, Mags Coburn (21) 36pts. Division 2: Sinead O’Callaghan (28) 37pts, Geraldine Hoare (28) 36pts, Breige Renaghan (25) 34pts. Division 3: Nora Donaghy (38) 38pts, Mary Horan (43) 36pts, Kate Smyth (40) 35pts. 9 Hole Competition: Carmel Cahill 20pts, Ann O’Callaghan 18pts.
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