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Sangster on song at Thurso with best gross score of season so far

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Peter Sangster was the winner of Summer League round six.
Peter Sangster was the winner of Summer League round six.

The latest round of fixtures at Thurso again attracted golfers in very large numbers.

Round six of the A & A Mackay Builders Summer League was played on Thursday. Eighty-six players took part and, as usual, there was some excellent scoring.

Greens convener Alan Simmonite used his intimate knowledge of the course to plot his way to an excellent 39 points to take fourth place.

Chris Sutherland continued his red-hot Summer League form. After an excellent front nine of 20 points, Sutherland encountered trouble at the long par-four 10th hole, resulting in a no-score hole.

However, he recovered well and a birdie two at the 12th got him back on track. Steady play on the remaining six holes returned another sub-par score of 39 points and third place.

Juniors have featured prominently in the winners’ circle so far this season and Ben Durrand continued this trend with his score of 42 points to take the runner-up spot.

This week’s winner was Peter Sangster, who not only had the highest points total but also had the best gross score of the 2020 season so far, with a magnificent four-under-par 65.

A mundane start saw Sangster one over after two holes. A par at the par-three third was the first of no fewer than nine threes on his card, including four in a row on the back nine.

Racing to the turn in two-under-par 33, including birdies at four, six and eight, Sangster kept up his good form with further birdies at 13 and 15 to bring him home in 32 strokes. All this added up to 43 Stableford points.

Summer League round six results: 1 Peter Sangster, 43 points; 2 Ben Durrand, 42; 3 Chris Sutherland, 39; 4 Alan Simmonite, 39.

Next up was the Stewart Cup and club championship round two on Saturday. Once again, a large field assembled to do battle - not only with the course but also a strong westerly wind gusting to 30 mph.

Club captain Alan Coghill managed the testing conditions better than most to record 81 (12) 69 and take fourth place.

Remarkably the players in first, second and third places all had the same nett score, three-under-par 66.

Stephen Fidler shot his best round of the season so far with 80 (14) 66 to take third place.

In the runner-up spot was Hamish Boyd with 75 (9) 66, helped on his way by four birdies.

The winner of the Stewart Cup was Alan Mackay with his excellent score of 92 (26) 66. Mackay’s nett back nine of three-under-par 32 was just enough to pip Fidler and Boyd.

Stewart Cup / club championship round two: 1 Alan Mackay, 92 (26) 66; 2 Hamish Boyd, 75 (9) 66; 3 Stephen Fidler, 80 (14) 66; 4 Alan Coghill, 81 (12) 69.

After two of the four qualifying rounds for this year’s club championship, Ben Durrand leads the qualifiers in the handicap event with his two-round total of 138, one ahead of Stephen Fidler.

In the scratch event Jim and Peter Sangster are joint leaders, both on 146.

This weekend’s fixtures are the Ulbster Cup rounds one and two on Saturday and Sunday respectively. Saturday’s round will double up as the third round of the club championship.

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