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Third time lucky for Wick's Klimas


By SPP Reporter

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John Durrand (left), winner of the men’s section of Wick Golf Club’s annual veterans’ competition, receives his trophy from Margaret Sinclair, while ladies’ winner Maureen Johnson receives her trophy from Rob Sutherland, of sponsors D. Sutherland & Son. L
John Durrand (left), winner of the men’s section of Wick Golf Club’s annual veterans’ competition, receives his trophy from Margaret Sinclair, while ladies’ winner Maureen Johnson receives her trophy from Rob Sutherland, of sponsors D. Sutherland & Son. L

IT was a busy week at Wick Golf Club starting with the club championship semi-finals then the finals.

The first semi-final between Gordon Steven jnr and John Harper was a close-run affair with Steven winning at the 18th hole. The other match was won by Nicky Klimas who was always in command in beating Chris Taylor by three and two.

Steven, beaten finalist in 2009, gifted the first hole of the final to Klimas due to a poor drive but made amends by winning the third with a birdie. It was nip and tuck to the ninth with both players going out in level-par 35 and the match all square.

Playing back into a very strong and cold south-easterly, Klimas won the 10th with a par to go one up. The turning point of the match came at the 12th hole where Klimas laid his approach putt dead for a par.

Steven had a putt for a birdie but after addressing the ball he moved away and informed his opponent that his ball had moved and he lost the hole due to the resultant one-stroke penalty.

Klimas closed the match off at the 17th hole, winning two and one and retaining the club championship for the third time.

It has been a great week for Klimas. Not only did he win the club championship but also Caithness County Championship for the third time.

The semi-finals of the handicap club championship resulted in a win for Keith Dougan (10) over Greg Shearer (13) by two and one, and a win for Wullie McLean (15) over Steven McAllan (9) by four and three. McLean took control of the final having six pars in the first nine holes to be four up. Dougan reduced the deficit to two by winning the 11th and 12th holes but McLean finished the match off by winning the 13th and 15th.

Wick veterans’ Stableford, sponsored by D. Sutherland & Son, was played last Saturday and was a close-run affair.

Maureen Johnson won the ladies’ section with a creditable score of 32 points, beating Carol Place by one point.

The men’s was won by Jocky Durrand (15) with 36 points, beating Farquhar MacGregor (15) and David Samuel (8) on a better inward half. The highlight of ?Durrand’s round came at the second where he birdied the hole for a nett albatross and won a bottle of whisky for being nearest to the pin.

The third round of the Summer League was played on Sunday with John Harper (4) coming out on top with a nett 69. Harper played solid golf to go out in 37 with a birdie at the fourth and finished in great style with birdies at the 17th and 18th.

Second was Sanders Harper (25) with a nett 70. Harper is having a good season with his handicap coming down by three strokes and he continued this fine form with halves of 50 and 45.

Greg Shearer (13) claimed third on a better inward half over David Nicolson (4), both returning nett 71s.

Other scores worthy of note came from Mike Morrice (15), John Hunter (7) and George Calder, all with nett 72s.

The next competition is the Achairn Energy Open which is being played on Sunday. The tee will be reserved for competitors from 7.30am to noon. The following Wednesday there is a medal competition.


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