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Williamson celebrates Comm Bar Open success at Thurso

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Winner Ross Williamson teeing off at the eighth.
Winner Ross Williamson teeing off at the eighth.

Saturday saw the first open of the season at Thurso, which was sponsored by the oldest bar in Caithness, the Commercial Bar. The Comm was established in 1817 and is part of the Commercial Hotel in central Thurso.

Three finished on nett 67 but the winner on countback was Thurso’s Ross Williamson (handicap 18). Williamson had an average start but a birdie at the eighth saw him reach the turn one under his handicap.

A further birdie at the 14th saw him play the last five holes in two over par to return a gross 85 and emerge as the winner.

Allan Craigie from Thurso is now down to a handicap of 25 and was overall runner-up.

Lee Malcolm (11) from Reay had 11 pars as he finished in third place. Thurso’s Tyler Gordon (9) and Donald Bain (17) both had nett 68, one ahead of Reay’s Gavin Gunn (9). Tom Ross, also from Reay, had the lowest gross score of 73.

Alison Campbell (20) was the top lady finisher. Campbell played a steady front nine with nothing worse than a bogey as she reached the turn in eight over par. She struggled around “Amen” corner but a strong finish saw her return a nett 70.

The second round of the A&A Mackay Builders Summer League saw David Irvine (24) return to a bygone era on Thursday as he recorded 42 points. Irvine reaped the benefits of his recent coaching session as he took 43 shots for the front nine.

He continued scoring well on the back nine and after pars at 13, 14 and 15 he could afford a 7, 5, 6 finish.

Brian Hutcheon (27) was second with 39 points, with Bryan Suttar (7) one behind on 38. Jim McLeod (13) and Alan D Mackay (21) finished on 37 points, with Steve Spargo (8) and Alistair McBeath (29) a point further behind.

On Sunday, Callum Mauchlen (15) produced his Sunday best to win the Stewart Cup. Mauchlen birdied the ninth as he went out in 39 shots. The back nine had a couple wobbles as he struggled to maintain his earlier form and he returned a nett 68.

Runner-up was Ronnie Gray (13) with a nett 70 with Bryan Suttar in third, also with a nett 70.

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