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Doherty and Taylor recover from poor start to lift Rugby Club Cup at Thurso

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Andrew Taylor at the seventh at Thurso Golf Club on Sunday.
Andrew Taylor at the seventh at Thurso Golf Club on Sunday.

The April medal was played at Thurso Golf Club on Saturday and the good weather saw 75 entries.

Kevin Morris (handicap 16) reached the turn in 42 and a birdie at the 13th saw him home in 36 for a total of 78. This gave him a winning total of nett 62.‚Äč

Cameron Reid (9) birdied the first, third and seventh to reach the turn in two over par. A further birdie at the 18th saw him home with a 73, nett 64, for second place. Ross Williamson (23) also returned a nett 64.

Jim Buchan (22) beat his age for the second time in recent weeks as he returned a gross 88, a tremendous achievement. Steven Lowe (16) birdied the eighth as he returned a nett 67, alongside lowest gross of the day from Alan Swanson (0) who had birdies at the sixth, 15th and 17th, with his only bogey at the 12th.

Ben Durrand (23), John Morrison (18) and Keith Dreaves (16) were next best with nett 68, a shot ahead of Derek Stanley (29) and Alan Coghill (12).

Sunday saw the popular Rugby Club Cup, a fourball better competition.

Nicky Doherty (6) and Andrew Taylor (13) had a poor start that saw them two over nett par after two holes. Doherty birdied the fourth and sixth, but bogeys at the seventh and eighth saw them reach the turn in nett 35.

After pars at 10 and 11 Doherty birdied the 12th for a nett one. Taylor had a nett birdie at 13 and Doherty birdied the 14th.

A par at 15 and a bogey at 16 saw them briefly lose momentum, but birdies from Doherty at 17 and 18 saw them home in nett 27 to win the cup with a nett 62.

Mick Ross and Keith Foubister were in second place with a nett 63 ahead of the ever-reliable Jim Macleod and David Irvine.

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