Ian Fraser edges Ulbster Cup win at Thurso by single shot
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THE second round of the Ulbster Cup was played at Thurso on Saturday (June 11) with the weather and course conditions being excellent.
Last year’s winner, Peter Sangster, had the best scratch and nett round on the day. His nett 64 was three shots clear of Jim Mcleod.
Ronnie Matheson took third place with a nett 68. Three players – Martin Beaumont, Nicky Doherty and Jim Sangster – finished on 69.
Sangster senior was out in two under par with three birdies on his card but a double bogey at the 13th in a four-over-par back nine ended his chance. Ian Fraser and Sandy Stewart returned 70s.
Following his first-round 64 Fraser’s two-round total score of 134 was just enough to win the Ulbster Cup by one shot from Matheson. Pat Valentine on 137 took third place after countback from Bryan Ronald after his second-round 71 was a shot better than Ronald’s 72.
Sangster junior was a shot further back having improved his nett score in the second round by 10 shots.
A fierce wind on Tuesday morning probably deterred a few seniors from contesting round 11 of the EGGS Summer Stableford but 20 of them gave it a go.
None of them managed to get at least a point on every hole so Jim Telfer’s winning score of 36 points was a remarkable one. Telfer had blanks at the ninth and 11th holes but a birdie at the eighth and three pars in the last four holes evened things up.
Bob Black also had a couple of blanks but otherwise scored steadily for 16 points on each nine to finish in second place.
Donald Farquhar was one of the few to improve his score on the inward nine to finish third with 31 points, one ahead of Bill Hossack.
Peter Knapp could claim the award for most spectacular gap between nines. After a best-of-the-day 20-point outward nine, he was by no means alone in adding only another nine points on the way home for fifth place.
Not surprisingly, there was not much change to the leader board although Telfer moved up to equal fifth place after his fine round. So, with two rounds to go, the lead is shared by Donald Jack and Pat Valentine on 210 points with Bill Hossack a further two points away.
The Thurso ladies played a greensome on Saturday with Wick and Reay ladies. First on the day was the pairing of Hanna McLean and Carol Place, from Wick.
Thurso’s Nadia Green and Anne Simmonite were second with the Reay
Tuesday night competition for the ladies was the fourth qualifying round for the club champions. The round was also the June extra medal.
Eileen Manson came first with a nett 72. One shot further back was Eleanor Tunn with Laura Durrand taking third with a 75. Several beginners played in an eclectic.