Tuesday, April 24, 2012


Dornoch exile Jimmy Gunn earned $1,300 for a sixth place finish in the Parker Open over the Emerald Canyon Course, Lake Havisu, Arizona at the weekend.
Gunn had rounds of 62, 69 and 73 for a total of 12-under-par 204.
Ryan Hogue won the $7,500 top prize with scores of 64, 69 and 67 for 200.


1st Round:  10 under par 62. Out in 32, back in 30.  Bogey-free round with 10 birdies.  Hit his ball into water with tee shot on 18 but still made par for 62.
2nd Round: Conditions more difficult than previous day as wind got up.  Par all the way to 15 then birdied 16, 17 and 18 for  three-under 69.
3rd Round:   Started badly bogey-bogey but came back to even par with birdies on 5 and 6. Continued to set up birdie chances with no putts dropping.
Disastrous double bogey 6 on the driveable short par 4 16th. Birdied 17, parred 18 to finish one-over 73.

Twelve-under-par total for solo sixth place and prize of $1300.
His best mate in Arizona, Ryan Hogue was winner with scores of 64 69 67 - 16 under overall winning $7500.

Jimmy Gunn's Arizona home is Scottsdale, a suburb of Phoenix - same area Martin Laird lives in. They have met and he was invited to the Lairds for a New Year's party a  couple of years ago. Unfortunately it was just after Jimmy's beloved Granda died so he didn't attend.  

I don't know if you are aware that his Granda (my Dad), Donald Urquhart, was a very good golfer in his own day. He played out of Golspie Golf Club and they have just had a memorial stone placed on the course with an inscribed plaque details his golfing achievements. That's it pictured above. Click on the image to enlarge it.
He had been club champion there 11 times and county champ twice so it's obviously "in the genes".  




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