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Birdies help Thorburn to countback win

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Dougie Thorburn and Angus Cameron both scored at every hole.
Dougie Thorburn and Angus Cameron both scored at every hole.

Dougie Thorburn and Angus Cameron both scored at every hole.

THE seventh round of the Newsbeat Summer League was contested by 11 players ?at Thurso Golf Club last Thursday.

Dougie Thorburn and Angus Cameron both scored at every hole and returned scores of 35 points.

Consecutive birdies at the 12th, 13th and 14th holes in a back nine of one under par resulted in Thorburn winning on countback. Stuart Bell was third with 32 points with a score card that had all the numbers from two to nine.

On Friday the weather deteriorated as the day progressed for the Newsbeat Summer League golfers.

Four players scored 37 points and their placing was decided by countback. Pat Valentine was first by virtue of the better last three holes. His birdie at the last hole pushed Ronnie Gray into second place after the latter took par.

Iain Dunnett, out in 20 points, took third place after coming unstuck over the closing four holes where he scored four points.

Keith Dreaves, out in 21 points after going to the turn in two over par, had a seven at the 10th which ended up relegating him to fourth place. Davy Irvine and Clark Grant were next best some distance back on 32 points.

On Saturday the men’s competition was the Bert Brownlee Fourball Open. The wind had returned making playing conditions tricky. Twenty-six pairs played with only six strokes separating the top 16 teams at the end of play.

Winners by two strokes with a score of 63 were Bob Black and Martin Beaumont. Their score was founded on an excellent front nine of 29. Four pairings tied on 65 with Stephen Williamson and Ronnie Dunnett securing second place with an inward nine holes score of 30.

Peter Knight and Stuart Bell took third place followed by Alistair Bell and Rory Hadden. Stephen Bremner and Darren Oag were fifth after making a fine start of 30 over the opening nine holes.

Tuesday was warm and calm for the ninth round of the EGGS summer Stableford. After a poor start, scoring two points in the first three holes, Bill Hossack burst into life to score 15 points in the remaining six holes on the front nine. Hossack’s back nine yielded a further 22 points for a winning total of 39.

W.J. Shearer came out of hibernation to take second place on countback from Donald Jack. Shearer and Jack scored 37 points with Shearer’s last nine-hole score of 19 being the better. Bob Black was a point further back.

Pat Valentine has the best six-round total score of 208 with Hossack being a point further back. Sandy Reid has 206 and the only other through the 200-point mark is Alan Simmonite.

On Tuesday the Thurso Golf Club ladies competed in the medal winners’ competition. First and second place went to two single-figure handicap golfers, both playing off seven.

Eleanor Tunn took first place with a nett 71 from Nadia Green who had a nett 74.

For the men tomorrow it is the first round of the Ulbster Cup.

This is also the second club championship qualifying round. On Sunday the Bert Loomes Memorial is played for.

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