Ferries secures Alliance Scratch Quaich
OVER a winter version of the Invergordon golf course, the order of holes played revised to rest summer pathways, Tain's Munro Ferries got the order right to win his fourth fixture and claim the Alliance Scratch Quaich for the season's best four-score aggregate.
The Tain member’s winning two-under-par 68 (34/34) also reduced his aggregate total to 280, with his other three qualifying cards coming in Caithness (Wick 73), Sutherland (Golspie 68) and a miscellaneous 71 at Durness.
The Invergordon fixture's winner finished ahead of his elder brother Billy, who shot a 75 (33/42) over Invergordon with Brora's Ronnie Matheson on 77 (38/39). Billy also finished runner-up in the aggregate with a 287 total and Durness's Lucy Mackay was the ladies’ winner.
The handicap MacKintosh Salver was won by Brora's Tony Gill with a nett aggregate total of 268. The irony of it that the salver was not there to be presented. Missing for the past five years then discovered in the Thurso trophy cabinet during recent internal refurbishment of the clubhouse, it has been lost again and now the Alliance officials are hoping it did not go to the dump with the contractor's debris!
The team trophy, after a lengthy stay in the Reay clubhouse, was won by the trio of Tain members with a nett total of 212 – Munro Ferries 68, Billy Ferries 72 and Charlie Finlayson 72. Brora were runners-up, Ronnie Matheson 71, Ian Davidson 74 and Tony Gill 76 for 221.
Matheson’s nett 71 won the class one individual handicap voucher with David Clark (Invergordon) runner-up on nett 72. Charlie Finlayson was the class two winner after a three-way card play-off involving Martin Mackay (Durness) and local member Mike Moran.