Elder statesmen Irvine and McLeod seize the impetus in J Waters Cup at Thurso
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The Thurso Golf Club J Waters men's foursomes knockout trophy is played over the summer months.
Sixteen pairs entered the draw and the pairs were left to arrange their matches.
After some hard fought early-round ties, the first of the semi-finals saw Calum Mauchlen and Derek Stanley coming up against Graeme Henderson and Steven MacDonald, with the latter pairing prevailing to book their place in the final.
The other semi saw Jimmy Farquhar and David Calder taking on Davy Irvine and Jim McLeod, with again the latter pairing winning through.
There was heavy rain on the morning of the final but thankfully the skies cleared to bright sunshine when the first ball was struck.
It was a tight affair, with the longer hitting of the youthful Henderson and MacDonald being matched by the stealth of Irvine and McLeod. A key moment came at the eighth when Irvine sank a long "raker" of a putt from off the green for a birdie, with their opponents missing a much shorter opportunity.
The match was all square after 11 holes when the elder statesmen Irvine and McLeod seized the impetus to win at holes 12, 13 and 14, taking them 3-up. The 15th was halved and the 16th won, giving them a 4 and 2 win to lift the J Waters Cup for 2021.