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Castletown quartet are Roddy Gray Cup winners at Thurso


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Roddy Gray Cup winners (from left) David Dunbar, Garry Calder and Lachie Sutherland. The other team member was Dave Calder.
Roddy Gray Cup winners (from left) David Dunbar, Garry Calder and Lachie Sutherland. The other team member was Dave Calder.

The Roddy Gray Cup was contested at Thurso Golf Club on Saturday by 14 teams of four playing a Texas Scramble.

This used to be a football trophy played by local teams in the now-defunct pub league. It was resurrected a few years ago, with most of the teams made up of former footballers.

Four teams had six birdies for a gross score of 63, but it came down to the handicap differential.

In fourth on 59.25 was the Viewfirth, captained by Nicky Doherty, with Andrew Taylor, Harvey Cowe and Walter Rutherford. In third on 59.72 was Thurso Golf Club, captained by Bryan Suttar, with Steven Lowe, Cameron Reid and Steve Spargo.

Second place (58.82) went to Comm New, captained by Gary Leonard, with Ian Macdonald, Alan Swanson and Gavin Souter.

The victors with 58.52 were Castletown, captained by Garry Calder, with David Dunbar, Dave Calder and Lachie Sutherland.

However, the main winner was Marie Curie, the UK’s leading end-of-life charity, with £575 being raised from the golfers and donations.

Sid Campbell organised the event.

Organiser Sid Campbell presents the cheque to Christine Mackay, representing Marie Curie, while Brian Hutcheon looks on.
Organiser Sid Campbell presents the cheque to Christine Mackay, representing Marie Curie, while Brian Hutcheon looks on.

David Irvine continued his great form as he was the winner in round four of Thurso Golf Club's A&A Mackay Builders Summer League last Thursday.

Dry and firm conditions certainly suit his game and he is hitting the ball with aplomb. He reached the turn in 23 points but could manage only 19 for the back nine – giving him a huge total of 42 points.

This was two clear of another man who has returned to form recently. Mick Ross had 21 points at the turn and he too came home in 19 points for a total of 40.

Allan Mackenzie was on his own in third place with 38 points, with Steven Osborne, James Moodie, Kyle Churchill, Brian Hutcheon and Scot Gray a point further back. Terry Mackay had 36 points alongside Walter Rutherford.

Golfers who competed in the Roddy Gray Cup at Thurso last weekend, raising money for Marie Curie.
Golfers who competed in the Roddy Gray Cup at Thurso last weekend, raising money for Marie Curie.

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