Godsman and Wright win Black Isle Foursomes at first attempt
Left to right: Gordon MacKintosh representing sponsors Munro and Noble, scratch winners Kyle Godsman (Moray) and Jeff Wright (Forres), handicap winners Del Newbrigging and Robbie Williamson (Fortrose and Rosemarkie), Chris Skelton (Fortrose and Rosemarkie GC captain.
Tournament favourites Kyle
Godsman (Moray) and Jeff Wright (Forres), cruised to an overwhelming first time
victory through 14 holes in the final of the Munro and Noble
(Inverness) Black Isle Foursomes at Fortrose and Rosemarkie Golf Club at the weekend.
Easter Sunday's weather had
improved greatly on Saturday's pre -ualifying day when the outstanding score
in the conditions was a level par 71 (36-35) from the Nairn partnership of
Finlay Asher and North District senior champion Robert Smith.
Adding a second
round 74 took the Nairn duo into the match-play stages as leading qualifiers.
Into the semi finals for a
second year the Nairn duo were pitted against last year's losing finalists from
Inverness, David Joel and Bruce Thomson, and beat them 2 and 1 with a birdie on
the 17th hole. Meanwhile Godsman and Wright who had qualified in
second place with 148 (73-75), came up against former multiple winners,
local Alan Cameron (Fortrose) and Inverness's Ewan Forbes who qualified with
Godsman and Wright showed
their quality scratch golf first in the semi-final against Cameron and Forbes. Dormie four in front, they closed out the opposition with a birdie on the 14th
green. Then, in the final against Finlay and Smith, Godsman and Wright reiterated their authority by winning at the same hole once again to lift the McKinlay Trophy
for the first time on the Black Isle.
The handicap match-play ties
were more keenly contested between four local couples. Del Newbrigging and
Robbie Williamson were in semi-final action against a former scratch winner,
George Patersonm and Ross Currie who lost a five-hole lead and were beaten on the
In the other semi-final George
Paterson's son, Gregor, partnering Rory Brese, beat Colin Harrison and Andrew
Simpson by 4 and 2. Then, in the final, Newbrigging and Williamson were again
taken to the last hole but, holding a one-hole lead, won the 18th to
win by two holes.
Brora Win Jim Miller Quaich
With home advantage Brora Golf
Club wrenched the Miller Quaich from Tain Golf Club by a margin of 31 points to
win the inter-club Stableford competition at the Sutherland links on Easter
With an individual best
contribution of 40 stableford points from eighteen handicapper James Sutherland
the Brora team sped to a 393 total leaving Tain, the holders, well behind in
second place with 362 points. The best twelve cards from the teams of fourteen
Tain's top scorer was Martin
Ryan with 38 points and Royal Dornoch's best was 34 points from Adrian Bagott
to take Dornoch into third place on 359. Golspie were two members short and all
their twelve scores added to 339 with their club captain William MacBeath
having their their best individual 33 points.
Dornoch Junior Open
Jamie MacKintosh (The Nairn)
and Jamie Penwright (Inverness) were separated on inward half counts to
determine who won the overall scratch Matheson Trophy in Royal Dornoch's Junior
Open last Sunday.
Both returned four over par
cards of 74 but MacKintosh came home in 36 to Penwright's 40 to win the trophy.
But the star of the day was
twelve year old junior girl Sophie Murphy who made the long journey from from
Clydebank and District GC, who as all the girls in the combined field received
a bonus reduction of five shots and her nett 71, off 33 reduced to 66 to win
the overall handicap Matheson Trophy bettering the women's actual CSS of 76 by
Local Paddy Murray won the
confined Phimster Trophy with his nett 72, off 15 while the other prize winners
were, in the over 15 age group, Jamie Penwright (Inverness) 74; Handicap – Tommy
McClenaghan (Invergordon) (9) 70, Grant Ross (Brora) (10) 71, Paddy Murray
(Royal Dornoch) (15) 72, Jack Roberts
(Carrbridge) (21) 72. Under 14 age group – scratch Calum Daun (Inverness) 75.
Handicap – Jack MacLean (Fortrose and Rosemarkie (15) 68, Kiernan McMillan
(Turnhouse) (18) 69.
Dornoch Junior Open picture caption:
Back row, left to right: Jack MacLean (Fortrose and Rosemarkie) and right Kiernan MacMillan (Turnhouse). Front: Jamie Mackintosh (Nairn), Hamish Macrae (Royal Dornoch GC vice-president) and Sophie Murphy (Clydebank and District).
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