NOW the nights have lengthened the Newsbeat Summer League is played on Thursdays and Fridays at Thurso Golf Club.
With the weather remaining decidedly cool and growth on the course being patchy, playing conditions have been testing. The scores last Thursday and Friday reflected the conditions with only two players beating the course par.
Winner on Thursday, and attracting the attention of the handicap secretary, was the fast improving Jocky Begg. After two blank holes on his opening half for 17 points Begg stepped up his game on the second nine holes and amassed 21 points for his best-of-the-day score of 38 points.
Walter Rutherford took second spot with 37 points after halves of 21 and 16 points. There was a four-way tie for third spot on the 36 point mark. After countback the players finished in the order of Ronnie Mathieson, Ali Simpson, Peter Knight and Jimmy Meiklejohn.
Alan Kennedy, Grant Swartz, Bryan Ronald and Angus Cameron were a point further back.
On Friday the players fared no better than on the Thursday, with top spot going to Stevie Cowie on 35 points. Andy Miller was in second with 30 points.
On Saturday the Blargoans May Monthly Medal was played in sunshine and showers. Unfortunately the showers were of hail and snow. This round was also the first qualifying round for the club championships.
Davie Dunbar won the medal with a score of gross 72, nett 67. Best gross score was returned by Jim Sangster, a 70, which after taking off his handicap resulted in a nett 68 for second place. Harvey Cowe and Ali Simpson tied for third spot with nett 69. Simpson prevailed after countback.
No one else beat or matched the course par with the next players’ scores being 71.
The players who scored 71 finished in the order of Innes Mitchell, Stephen Williamson, Bob Black and Jim Buchan.
On Sunday the Rotary Open was played to the Stableford format. The weather was generally fine with a cooling breeze.
Steven Osborne was a convincing winner after covering both halves of the course in 21 points for a total of 42 points. Three points behind Osborne was Colin Mackay with 39, the highlight of Mackay’s round being back-to-back birdies at the 12th and 13th holes.
Two players, Ronnie Gray and Michael MacGregor, tied on 36 points with Gray taking third spot on countback. MacGregor went out in 22 points but finished his round with no points at the last two holes, thanks to two sixes, the only scores above five on his card.
Dougie Thorburn, with 35 points, was next best, one point ahead of Jim Hawthorn, Mick Ross and Ali Simpson.
Tuesday saw the ladies play their May Extra Medal. This round was also the second qualifying round for the club championship.
Winner by a single shot was Eileen Manson with a nett 76.
Countback was required to separate Laura Durrand and Audrey Dunnett after both finished on nett 77. Durrand was given the verdict to take second spot.