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Jack sails to open victory at Thurso

By SPP Reporter

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Donald Jack had the best scratch and nett round.
Donald Jack had the best scratch and nett round.

THE RNLI Open was played at Thurso Golf Club on Saturday. After the recent heavy rain the course was playing to its full length and the scores reflect this.

Winner with the best scratch and nett round was Donald Jack.

He was out in 40 with the help of a birdie two at the ninth hole. A further birdie at the long 16th enabled him to cover the second nine holes in one over par for a gross 75, nett 68.

Two shots adrift were Gavin Souter and Innes Mitchell with Souter taking second spot after countback. Andrew Lannon was placed fourth with a nett 71, a potential better score being sunk by a triple bogey seven at the 17th hole. Greg McEwan and Lachie Sutherland were a shot behind.

On Sunday the men played the first round of the Freswick Cup.

George Munro had a birdie at the final hole, which compensated for a triple bogey at the 17th, on his way to a winning score of nett 69.

Malcolm Morrison took second place, due to his better inward half, after being tied on 71 with Bob Robertson. Six players scored nett 72 and finished in the order of Donald Sutherland, Greg McEwan, Terry Mackay, Callum McEwan, Bob Black and Andrew Main.

The second round is scheduled for September 24.

The ladies’ senior open was also played on Sunday with a good contingent of Orkney women joining the Caithness competitors.

The ferry trip proved worthwhile for the Orkney ladies since they returned home with first and third places.

Eileen Spence, from Orkney Golf Club (Kirkwall), took first nett after countback with a score of 73. Second place went to Alison Campbell, from Thurso. Ann Sinclair, from Stromness, was third with 77. Best scratch was Thurso’s Eileen Manson.

Heavy rain made life a bit difficult for the seniors in round eleven of the EGGS Summer Eclectic on Tuesday.

Ron Ritchie and last week’s winner, Ian Manson, both did well to get to the turn in 17 points and it was Ritchie who fared the better of the two by adding 13 more points for a winning total of 32. Manson claimed second place on 30.

Billy Hossack had the day’s best inward nine of 17 points and shared third place with Sandy Reid on 29.

There was no change at the top of the leader board so, with two rounds remaining, Donald Jack leads on nett 57.5, a shot ahead of Sandy Stewart, with Jim Telfer a further shot back.

On the previous Wednesday the junior section had its final night of golf.

Nearly 30 youngsters teamed up with senior golfers to play over the first four holes from the senior tees.

After the golf there followed a presentation by the club captain of the Monthly Medals and eclectic trophies won throughout the season by the junior golfers.

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