Single-figure handicap milestone for Begg at Thurso
Jocky Begg reached a milestone in his golf career as he was cut to a single-figure handicap on Thursday after he returned 42 points in the latest Newsbeat summer league at Thurso.
Begg had three bogeys on the front nine and two on the back nine to record a gross 74. This saw a handicap reduction to 9.3.
Alan Swanson (2) birdied first, eighth and 18th to return 39 points. Innes Mitchell (7) had the same points after he birdied the sixth and 14th. Steve Gray (23) also had 39 points.
A point further back were Clark Grant (21), Bryan Suttar (6) and Ronnie Dunnett (11). Steven Osborne (12), Bob Robertson (12) and Ian Farquhar (15) all had 36 points.
Saturday saw the A & A Mackay sponsored Open in the format of a two-man scramble. Alan Swanson and Alan Coghill got off to a blistering start, recording four threes in the first five holes.
Further birdies at the seventh, 12th and 13th saw them return a winning score of 63 (3.3) 59.7.
Ian Ross and James Swan from Reay were overall second after birdies at the fourth, eighth, 11th and 13th to record 67 (5.8) 61.2. In third place were Ronnie Dunnett and Neil Rigg who birdied the third, sixth, eighth and 17th to record 68 (5.8) 62.2.
Nicky Doherty and Donald Sutherland birdied the last three holes as well as the seventh to finish fourth with 66 (3.3) 62.7.
The winner of the sweep on Sunday was Warren Gordon with 73 (6) 67, beating his son Tyler (18) who had a nett 69, as did Andrew Main (8).
Once the early morning mist had lifted it was another fine day at Thurso Golf Club for the fifth round of the EGGs Summer Eclectic.
Best start was made by Ronnie Gray with 21 Stableford points for the opening nine holes. Donald Jack was a point behind, with Jim Telfer and James Taylor a point further back. An excellent inward nine holes for 18 points gave Jack a winning total of 38 points.
Gray finish in second spot with 36 points one ahead of Telfer, Taylor and Stuart Bell, who also had 18 points on the back nine holes. Grant Coghill was on his own with 32 points.
John Morrison, with a birdie two in each half, managed 31 points, a score matched by Stewart Gunn and Clark Grant. Ian Manson and Brian Hutcheon were the only other players to score in the thirties.
On Tuesday the ladies played for the 125 Trophy. The better inward half was required to decide the winner.
Joy Fraser (37) took the trophy with Jean Sutherland (33) runner-up after both had nett 73. Lyndsay Stott (26) was in third position after scoring nett 74.