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Coghill's magnanimous gesture after finishing on top in Captain's Prize


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Winner Alan Coghill (centre) with prize recipients Derek Manson (left) and Neil Rigg after the delayed Captain's Prize at Thurso Golf Club.
Winner Alan Coghill (centre) with prize recipients Derek Manson (left) and Neil Rigg after the delayed Captain's Prize at Thurso Golf Club.

There was a tremendous turnout of more than 50 members last Saturday for the delayed Captain's Prize at Thurso Golf Club. This is an annual competition where the format is chosen by the club captain and he also provides the prizes.

The format chosen was Stableford and 10 players broke par on the day. Mark Foubister and Dane Nicolson scored a creditable 37 points, with William Calder Jnr, continuing his recent good form, and Warren Gordon scoring 38 points.

Clark Grant, Sandy Cumming, Andy Macgregor, Derek Manson and Neil Rigg were all on the 39-point mark. However, amassing 40 points was none other than the captain himself, Alan Coghill, who birdied the last to seal victory.

The prize for first place was a voucher for Capilla restaurant, and for second place a bottle of Old Pulteney. In magnanimous fashion, captain Coghill chose not to accept the spoils of victory so the respective prizes went to Rigg in second place (on countback) and Manson in third.

Round eight of Thurso Golf Club's A&A Mackay Builders Summer League belonged to Bryan Suttar (8 handicap). After six holes Suttar was two over, but by the turn he was two under par after an eagle at the seventh and birdies at eight and nine.

Another birdie at 14 was offset with a bogey at 17. This saw him return a gross 67 and a massive 46 points.

Cameron Reid (8) is having a good season and he reached the turn in one over par after a birdie at the fifth offset with bogeys at one and five. A further birdie at the 15th saw him return a gross 72 and 41 points.

Iain Dunnett (6) had birdies at the eighth, 13th and 15th as he had 40 points. Steven Lowe (14) and Jordan Youngson (8) had 39 points, with Douglas Metcalfe (27), Brian Hossack (34), Ben Durrand (18), Walter Rutherford (10) and Andrew Main (8) a shot further back.

The scoring for round nine was a little lower with James Durrand (19) the winner on 39 points. Scott Mackay (12) and Ronnie Gray (12) were both on 37 points, with Neil Rigg (13) on 36.


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