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Success for Farquhar with 228-point haul over six rounds

By Ali Morrison

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After the delayed start to the golf, Thurso EGGS summer competitions began in early June.

The first competition was won by George Mitchell thanks to the better inward half (BIH) after he and Ronnie Gray both scored 36 Stableford points.

Scoring was better in round two when the BIH was required for James Taylor to win from Peter Gilmour when they matched 39 points.

Ian Manson also had 39 points in the next round when beating Davy Irvine by a single point.

Jim Farquhar returned to golf after a few years’ absence with his handicap based on the usual submission of three cards to establish his capabilities. His first competitive round with the EGGS in round four resulted in a 52-point haul, leaving Malcolm Clasper to pick up second spot with 39 points.

Despite a severe handicap reduction, Farquhar won the next round with 40 points, demoting George Sanders into second place with 37 points.

Normality returned the following week when Jim McLeod’s BIH saw him take the honours from Sandy Cumming with 36 points.

Peter Knight had a return to form in round seven with a 42-point total to relegate Davy Irvine once again into the runner-up spot with 38 points.

The following Tuesday was one of the few poor weather days, with Norman Innes enduring the pain in the rain to win with 35 points from Mitchell.

Cumming’s 36 points was good enough to win round nine. The BIH ruling was again required to separate John Morrison and Gray after both managed 40-point totals. Morrison took the honours.

Forty-one points from Taylor left Alan Simmonite second on 40 points the next week. In the penultimate round, Jim Buchan with 36 points and the BIH saw off Taylor.

Cumming won the final round of the summer event with 38 points from Farquhar on 35. Excluding the one poor day when only two braved the miserable conditions there was an average of 28 players with a best turnout of 32 players.

Overall winner of the best six Stableford rounds unsurprisingly was Farquhar with a 228-point haul. Gray and Taylor were the closest challengers, each scoring 223 points. Ronnie Dunnett was on 214 with Cumming on 213.

The eclectic competition also had a clear winner with Dunnett having five birdies and an eagle in his gross score giving him a winning total of nett 57.5 shots. Joint runners-up were Taylor and Bill Watson on 59.5, with Bob Robertson and Irvine on nett 60.

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