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Wood destroys the field with 46-point haul in Summer League fixture

By Staff Reporter- NOSN

Scoring was good in Thurso Golf Club’s Newsbeat Summer League which is now at round 14.

Darren Wood (34) destroyed the field with a huge 46 points. Wood came home in 10 over par with his highlight being a birdie at the 15th.

The Grays, Roddy (26) and Steve (28), both had solid rounds as they returned 40 points.

Nicky Doherty (7) had birdies at the 13th and 15th as he returned 39 points, along with Jordan Youngson (9) who birdied the second.

Donald Bain (15) was another with 39 points despite a no-score at the 10th, but a birdie at the 14th helped. Iain Boyd (12) birdied the 13th as he had 38 points as did Ronnie Dunnett (11), who birdied the 14th, and George Munro (12).

One point behind were Andrew Raithie (15), Bryan Suttar (6), Hamish Boyd (9) and Andrew Taylor (12). Cameron Reid was on his own with 36 points.

Saturday was the Gala Open and the weather was warm with little wind which led to a large turnout of 70. Cameron Reid started and finished with double bogeys but for the other 16 holes he was eight over par. This was more than enough to win the Open with 81 (19) 62.

Ian MacDonald, who was the leader for most of the day after he had posted 77 (13) 64, had to settle for second place. MacDonald was well placed to smash nett 60 but he dropped five shots over the last three holes.

James Swan from Reay had birdies at the seventh, eighth and 13th as he returned 78 (13) 65 for third place. Also on net 65 were Angus Cameron (11), Jocky Begg (11) and Scott Mackay (17).

On nett 66 were Chris Williamson (16), Iain Boyd (11), Steve Gray (26), with Jimmy Florence (20) a shot behind. On nett 68 were Alan Coghill (11), Andy Macgregor (10), Alan Kennedy (10) and Grant Coghill (14).

Nett par returns of 69 included John Morrison (14), Jim McLeod (12), Steve Spargo (8), Dav Mackay from Reay and Harvey Cowe (13). The lowest gross after count back was Nicky Doherty with 76.

There was a fresh wind blowing with a few heavy showers on Tuesday for the first round of Thurso Golf Club’s EGGS Summer Eclectic.

Malcolm Clasper gathered 22 Stableford points over the first nine holes to set the pace. Jim Telfer and Jack Johnstone were the nearest challengers, two points behind.

Clasper had two no-score holes towards the end of his round but posted a winning total of 38 points.

Clark Grant scored at every hole and had equal halves of 18 points to take second spot thanks to the better inward half ruling. Telfer, also with 36 points, was third.

After not scoring at the opening two holes Jim Buchan scored at all the remainder, including a best-of-the-day 19 points on the inward half, for 34 points. Bob Robertson matched Buchan’s score with James Taylor two points further back.

Bill Watson, Davie Calder, George Mitchell and Johnstone all managed 31 points, one ahead of Stuart Bell.

The ladies played for the July Medal on Tuesday. Winner was Emma Durrand (19) with a nett 71. Second place went to Sarah Meikeljohn (22) on nett 72. Jane Grant (24) took third position with nett 74.

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