Sutherland seniors excel over Caithness
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THURSO Golf Club hosted the inaugural Caithness against Sutherland seniors’ match last week.
Organised by the Caithness and Sutherland Seniors’ Golf Society, the first attempt at such a match fell foul of the weather a couple of seasons ago.
There was no problem this time, though, as conditions were perfect for a very enjoyable contest that was won by the visitors who claimed four wins to the hosts’ three with two ties halved.
Speaking after the match, society captain John Logan strongly recommended that the inter-county contest should become a regular feature on the society’s calendar.
Earlier in the month Thurso’s seniors hosted their Wick counterparts in the second leg of their annual contest. Facing a four-tie deficit from the Wick encounter, Thurso had a mountain to climb to become overall winners and didn’t manage to close the gap. Wick won by the odd tie and overall by 11.5 to 6.5.
Ronnie Gray, recent winner of the Jim Youngson trophy in the Cider Cup, recorded his first victory in EGGS competitions on Tuesday in low-key fashion with a total of 33 points.
After a weekend of rain the course was understandably playing a bit longer but Jim Buchan showed what could be done, with an outward nine of 20 points. Consistency was the name of the game, though, and Gray scored on every hole to relegate Ian Manson into second place by a point.
Manson had three blank holes balanced to some extent by a good return from the par threes.
Last week’s winner, Dave Lyall, failed to score at the 18th and had to settle for third place with Bill Hossack, both on 31 points. Hossack had an 18-point outward nine but, in common with most, had a poorer score coming in.
There was a very significant move on the eclectic leader board as Donald Jack secured his two remaining pars at the 12th and 16th holes to assume the lead on nett 57.5.
Previous leader Sandy Stewart is a point behind Jack and a point ahead of Jim Telfer. Sandy Wright and Ian Manson share fourth place on nett 60.5.
No doubt there will be a few seniors turning out for their clubs at Thurso this weekend in the Ulbster Cup for the county’s elite players. The host club is defending the trophy it won at Lybster last year.
Play starts at 9am both tomorrow and Sunday with the final scheduled for 2pm on Sunday.