PGA to honour McCumiskey’s contribution with Pro-Am in Dundalk on October 4

 

Michael McCumiskey’s 35 years at the helm of the PGA’s Irish Region will be celebrated at Dundalk Golf Club on Monday, October 4.

The highlight of the day-long event will be a Pro-Am featuring many of the country’s top club professionals in what will be an Order of Merit tournament.

At Michael’s request, the event will be a fund raiser for the PGA’s Benevolent Fund which looks after PGA members who need support and team entries are now being accepted at admin@dundalkgolfclub.ie. Entries cost €400 per team which will include pre-round refreshments and a post-round meal as well as a special golfer’s goodie bag to mark the occasion.

“I am deeply honoured that the PGA wanted to do something to mark my retirement and I felt that a Pro-Am which would benefit the Benevolent Fund would be the right thing to do. The PGA’s Irish headquarters are at Dundalk Golf Club so it was the ideal venue for the event and I am looking forward to meeting some of the many friends I have made over the past 35 years,” said McCumiskey.

The Chairperson of Dundalk Golf Club, Richard Blackmore, said they delighted to be involved with the event. “The PGA Irish Region have been based at Dundalk Golf Club for many years and the club is proud of its unique association with professional golf in Ireland. We are delighted to be hosting this special event and look forward to welcoming professionals and amateurs from all over Ireland on October 4 to play our Championship Course.”

Michael McCumiskey succeeded Brian Campbell as Manager of the PGA’s Irish Region on March 1, 1986 and handed over the reins to his successor Conor Dillon on this year, bringing to an end his 35-year long association with the organisation which has over 600 members in Ireland.

“The members of the PGA Irish Region hold Michael in great esteem for the work he has done over the past 35 years and this will be their opportunity to pay tribute to him for the work he has done on behalf of professional golfers and professional golf in Ireland,” said Conor Dillon.

“It is a mark of the man that when he was asked by the PGA how he would like them to mark his contribution that he chose a Pro-Am which would raise funds for the PGA’s Benevolent Fund. That sums up Michael’s time with the PGA. He was always looking out for its members.”

Further details on the Michael McCumiskey Testimonial Pro-Am in aid of the PGA Benevolent Fund are available from admin@dundalkgolfclub.ie 

Dundalk duo qualify for Morocco final

Leslie Walker

Club captain Mickey Coburn and Club Professional Leslie Walker produced a dominant performance to reach the SkyCaddie PGA Pro-Captain Challenge final by winning their qualifier at Seapoint Golf Club.

The Dundalk pairing will now play in the £22,000 final, in association with Golfplan, which will be played on November 21 and 22 at Mazagan Beach Resort in Casablanca, Morocco.

They carded a 10 under par round to return a total of 46 points without dropping a shot. That gave them a two point advantage over Shaun Donnelly and Neal Graham of Castle Hume Golf Club and David Walker (Leslie’s brother) and Stuart Margetson of Foxrock Golf Club.

This was the first time that Coburn and Walker had actually played alongside each other. But they gelled immediately with Coburn making six birdies and a nett eagle – and the result now sees them travelling to Morocco for the final.

“If I’m brutally honest that’s the first time I’ve ever played with Leslie, it worked out very well on the day, and we started out well which was important,” said eight-handicapper Coburn.

“I really enjoyed it and I love the course. It was cloudy and no wind, we probably got the best of the day, but we had about a four hour wait to see if we’d won. You’re always hoping someone doesn’t nick it at the end.

“But I have to say this is absolutely fabulous prize.”

For Walker it was a welcome return to the winner’s enclosure on the PGA circuit but he was quick to pay tribute to his teammate.

“We played a super round, Mickey was very strong, he did all the scoring with six birdies and an eagle,” said Walker.

“It was a great links course but the rough was very difficult so you can see why some teams dropped shots, but we were in the short grass all day long.

“I’ve never played out in Morocco, it’ll be a great new experience and I hope we can compete out there.”

Cumiskey take route 66 to Professional’s Prize

The weather wasn’t the only thing that was hot at Dundalk Golf Club on Sunday as a few of the 187 strong field took full advantage of the good conditions to go low over the formidable blue course.

Fifteen handicapper Andrew Cumiskey emerged as the winner of Leslie Walker’s Professional’s Prize after shooting a six under par 66 while Aaron Grant (+1) took the Gross Prize with a two under par 70 and Denis Ryan (22) claimed the veteran’s prize with a 71. James Reillyu (26) won the Juvenile Prize.

After opening with a par, Cumiskey double bogeyed the second but got those shots back with back to back pars at the next two holes. A bogey at five was followed by a birdie at the par five sixth and pars at seven and eight. Bogeys at nine, 10 and 11 followed  by pars at 12, 13 and 14 before he took full advantage of his shots by bogeying his way home for a nett 66.

Dillon Green (7) also shot a 66 and that was good enough to take Category 1 by three shots from Barry Cunningham (8). Green’s round  included birdies at 5 and 11. Gerry O’Keefe (13) with a 67 won Category 2 by two shots from Noel Reid (16). Category Three was won by Caoimhin O’Callaghan (20) with 69 as Gavin McDonnell (19) produced  back to back birdies on 17 and 18 to slip into second with a 71.

Sunday, June 18 –  Professional’s Prize (Leslie Walker) – Winner:  Andrew Cumiskey (15) 66. Gross: Aaron Grant (+1) 70. Veteran: Denis Ryan (22) 71. Category 1: (+1-12) Dillon Greene (7) 66, Barry Cunningham (8) 69/34. Category 2: (13-18) Gerard O’Keefe (13) 67, Noel Reid (16) 69/35.  Category 3 (19-28): Caoimhin O’Callaghan (20) 69, Gavin McDonnell (19) 71/32.5. Juvenile: James Reilly (26) 78. CSS: 73.

Back nine delivers PGA Tankard for Lynch

The PGA Tankard on Sunday was won by Ken Lynch (12) who produced a spectacular back nine to edge out Aaron Waite (16) on countback after both had returned scores of 42pts.

Lynch had turned for home on 17pts after blanking the sixth and having three pointers at the second and fifth cancelled out by one pointers at the third and fourth. He got the back nine off to a steady start with two points on the 10th before exploding into life by taking 13pts from the next four holes which included a birdie four for four points at the par five 12th. He picked up another three points at the 16th and 18th for a back nine of 25 points which is the equivalent of seven under par.

Junior Scratch Cup winner Josh Macken has had some week as he also won last Wednesday’s Open Singles Stableford with a score of 41pts which was enough to see him drop a shot in handicap while on Sunday he shot 40pts on his way to winning Category 1 in the PGA Tankard. Apart from Mackin, the other category winners were David Murden (13) and Stephen Haughey (17).

Sunday, May 15 – PGA Tankard – Ken Lynch (12) 42/25pts, Aaron Waite (16) 42pts. Category 1: Josh Mackin (4) 40pts, Dennis Cunningham (9) 38/20/13/7pts. Category 2: David Murden (13) 40pts, Martin Byrne (13) 38/18pts. Category 3: Stephen Haughey (17) 41/26pts, Paul Lynch (22)       39/22pts. CSS: 71.