Lowe hits the heights in nine-hole Stableford at Thurso
The nine-hole Stableford at Thurso Golf Club on Thursday saw Steven Lowe (7) return a massive 22 points, helped by two birdies at the fifth and seventh. This was three clear of Ross Sutherland (6), with Jim Sangster third with 18 points which included a no-score at the second.
Forty-seven golfers played the medal in ideal conditions on Saturday. Warren Gordon (7) was three over par after three holes but a birdie at the eighth had him out in 38.
Further birdies at the 13th and 14th saw him return in two over par to record a nett 67 which was enough to win the medal on countback.
Andrew Main (9) had been the leader for most of the day after going out early and he showed his consistency once again with 11 pars and seven bogeys as he went out in 38 and back in 37 to also return nett 67.
Callum Mauchlen (20) had a birdie at the eighth as he reached the turn in eight over par. Double bogeys at the 10th, 11th and 12th threatened to derail him but he steadied his game to return a nett 67.
Jim MacLeod (12) is another man who is very consistent as he returned a nett 68, along with Tyler Gordon (18), Davie Calder (15), Alan Kennedy (10) and Bob Robertson (13). Jordan Youngson (9), Angus Cameron (11), Ross Sutherland (13), Iain Boyd (12) and Cameron Reid (21) all had nett 69.
Sunday saw the Rugby Cup which was a better-ball pairs competition. Ross Sutherland and Dean McDonald were the winners on countback from Ian Macphee and Angus Cameron, with Iain Dunnett and Jordan Youngson in third place.
Sutherland and McDonald got off to a great start with Sutherland hitting the first six greens in regulation. This saw them reach the turn in 31 and they then carded nett 3, 3, 3, 2 which helped them return in nett 30 to win the prize.
Telfer’s inward nine holes score of 20 points gave him a winning total of 37 points
The large turnout of EGGs at Thurso on Tuesday excelled in the favourable combination of weather and course, with 15 players scoring 30 Stableford points or better. Seven players scored 19 points on the opening nine holes with Donald Jack’s effort of three bogeys followed by six pars being the most noteworthy.
The players who mastered the inward half best took the top places. Jim Telfer’s inward nine holes score of 20 points gave him a winning total of 37 points.
Brian Hutcheon, James Taylor, Clark Grant and Alan Simmonite tied on 35 points, with Hutcheon’s back-nine-holes score of 20 points giving him second spot on the better inward half ruling. Taylor took third place thanks to a 19-point second half.
Grant Coghill and Bob Robertson both had 34 points, one ahead of George Mitchell. Jack Johnstone, aided by a birdie two at the ninth hole, was on 32 points with Ronald Mackay and Davie Calder a point further adrift.
The ladies' season is well under way with Lyndsay Stott winning the Gunnach Trophy and 3 Club Goblet. Jean Sutherland was second in the Gunnach, while Emma Durrand was runner-up in the 3 Club Goblet.
In the April Medal Aileen Simmonite (16) won with a nett 68. Second place went to Karen Hannah (36) on nett 69, with a tie for third spot between Emma Durrand (21) and Sarah Meikeljohn (23) on nett 71.
In the recent inter-club Americas Cup between Reay, Thurso and Wick Thurso came out on top.