Smith revives cricketing days with fine knock
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THERE was a welcome improvement in the weather for the Newsbeat Summer League played at Thurso Golf Club last Thursday and Friday.
On Thursday Neil Smith took full advantage of the conditions and emulated his cricketing days by producing a fine knock for 45 points.
He even enjoyed the luxury of a no-scoring hole in his outward half of 20 points. Needless to say there has been a downward shift in Smith’s handicap.
In second place, after countback, was Andrew Main with 37 points. A last six holes for 14 points, including a birdie at the 14th, enabled Main to relegate Sandy Stewart into third place. Andrew Lannon and Stanley Ross were fourth and fifth with 36 points, one ahead of Roddy Harper.
Friday’s winner had 37 points. Darren Oag covered the first nine holes in 22 points before the wheels came off at the tricky 10th and 11th holes. He recovered his round by scoring 15 points over the remaining seven holes of the inward half.
Neil Jackson took second place with 36 points largely made from an inward nine holes of 21 points including two birdies and a no score at the 14th. Stephen Cowie was third with a steady round for 35 points with Graeme Cameron a point further back.
Three players – Jason Simpson, Douggie Mackenzie and Malcolm Morrison – scored 33 points. Simpson’s inward nine holes for 21 points contrasted with Morrison’s 13 points, mainly due to failing to score any points on the last three holes.
After nine rounds of the summer league Gavin Souter has the best six-round total, some eight shots ahead of Andrew Main. Stanley Ross is a shot further back with Angus Cameron, Keith Dreaves and David Dunbar a further three shots in arrears.
Last Wednesday the Thurso juniors played their June Monthly Medal. For this the handicaps allocated on the basis of the May Medal were in use. For the three groups the scoring and quality of golf showed an improvement.
The older juniors, The Golfers, played over holes five to nine. Best nett score was achieved by Tommy McClenaghan with Jack Bell second. The middle junior section has adopted the name of The Bogeys and it played over holes two to five.
Craig Chambers was the best nett closely followed by Lucy MacDonald, Michael McClenaghan and Molly Buchan who all tied for second. In the third section, The Green Hoppers, Jack Sibbald scored the least over holes one to three. Scoring one shot more was Emma Durrand with Ben Morrison and Ross Matheson a shot further back.