Thurso trio clinch victory in Pentland Open
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THERE was good scoring from the 24 teams which entered the Pentland Open at Thurso Golf Club on Sunday.
The format for this contest was a three-ball Texas scramble. Three teams managed gross 63s and two returned 64s.
The top teams, as normal in this golf format, were separated by fractions.
The prolific Reay scramble team of Lee Parnell, Murray McGlasson and Richard McDonald had the best first-nine-holes score of 30, including five birdies. One birdie on the inward nine gave a gross score of 63 which became 59 after subtraction of handicap. This was only good enough for sixth place.
A round of 64, nett 58, from Jimmy Meiklejohn, Ronnie Matheson and Jack Johnstone, of Thurso, took fifth place on countback.
A score of 63 including nine threes and two twos from the Reay grouping of Wayne Mowat, Alistair Gunn and Gavin Gunn was reduced to 58 after adjustment and took fourth place. This Reay team accumulated eight birdies but, unfortunately, two bogeys cost it the chance of winning overall.
The third gross 63 was carded by the Thurso team of Bryan Ronald, Angus Cameron and Trevor Henderson. There were 10 threes on the card including an eagle at the seventh. The inward nine-holes score of 31 was best on the day and the nett 57.8 score was good enough for third spot.
Second place was taken by the Reay threesome of John Disbury and Pete and Ruairy McCartney whose steady round of 68, nett 57.2, just missed out on top spot.
First place with nett 57 went to the Thurso team of Harvey Cowe, Walter Rutherford and Graeme Cameron whose gross score of 64 contained six birdies and a single bogey at the short fifth.
There was an emphatic win for Jamie Riddell in the 10th round of the Newsbeat Summer League on Thursday.
On a fine day for golf, Riddell failed to score at two holes in an outward nine-holes score of 20. However, there were no mistakes on the back nine where a further 23 points were gathered to give a winning total of 43.
Jimmy Meiklejohn was second with 39 points in a round which included four birdies and a no-scoring double bogey at the 17th. Three players – Gary Calder, Alan Swanson and Sid Campbell – scored 38 points. Campbell notably spoilt a potentially very good round by scoring sevens at the par-three ninth and the relatively easy par-four 15th. George Mitchell was a shot further back.
The Friday Newsbeat Summer League golfers found the going hard. Only Mark Mackay, with 36 points, matched par in a steady round of equal halves.
Colin Chessor scored 19 points in his first nine holes but two no pointers on the back nine resulted in a total score of 35 points for second place. Jim Hawthorn, Trevor Henderson, Ewan Mackenzie and Nicky Doherty were next best with 31 points.