Tuesday, July 22, 2014



Fortrose and Rosemarkie Golf Club bucked the trend with an entry topping 60 for their 36-hole MacGregor Industrial Supplies-sponsored Black Isle Open.

The weather did not play ball with strong wind and rain spoiling many scores but two club members overcame the conditions to take home two trophies each.

With six wins already this season, Fortrose's Alan Cameron is one of the many north golfers who have take to the 18-hole sprint open events away from home but on his local turf he confirmed his status as a links golfer with two rounds of 71 and 73 to beat clubmate Peter Cameron into second place.   
Cameron received the scratch cup, a voucher for £180 and also the confined to members Isa Ross Cup. 

Clubmate Steve Bassingdale (pictured above right with Alan Cameron) led the handicap returns to lift the overall handicap cup and the confined to members Newton Cup along with a £150 voucher.

The scratch winner handed in a level par card of 71 (35-36) in round 1 with two birdies, the 4th and 13th, and just the two bogeys, at the 7th and eleventh.   
But this did not hold the first-round lead. It was taken by his namesake Peter Cameron who began his round with a birdie and added two more sub- par figures by the ninth for an outward 33. 
His inward half began with a birdie but his advantage was lost over the next two holes with a bogey and double bogey for an inward 37 to lead with 70.

Local scratch trophy holder, Lewis Reid, could only manage two halves of 39 to lie too far back to make a second-round challenge and also struggling after beginning with three bogeys was recently crowned club champion Michael MacDonald, a 76 (38-38).

Alan Cameron’s second-round birdie start was squandered with a double bogey three-putt 5 on the ninth green and an outward one over par 37. But he had overhauled the first round leader Peter Cameron who struggled to a first nine-hole count of 39. Peter Cameron's triple bogey on the 10th hole put him further behind as Alan Cameron's closing card of 73  won with 144. 
Peter Cameron took second place with  recovery birdies on the 14th and 16th holes for a closing 75  and 145 aggregate. 

The four scratch voucher winners all came from the home club. Chris Gaittens,74 and 73 for 147, and Lewis Reid, 78 and 72 for 150.  
In the afternoon downpour Steve Bassingdale built on his first-round net 67, off 7, with an excellent nett 70  for 139 and into the low handicap section came only one visiting golfer, Bert Nicholson from Muir of Ord, whose net 69 and 71 claimed third place.

There were also first and second places in the higher handicap section for local members. Jeremy Price won with net 138 (70-68) off 16, while four shots behind came 18-handicapper Davie Douglas with cards of 73 and 69.

Alan Cameron had one of his six 18-hole wins at Royal Dornoch in May and will be hoping to emulate that same result when he plays in the 36 hole Sinclair Cup over Sutherland's top course on Saturday.

 Fortrose and Rosemarkie GC
Par 142 (2x71)
CSS: Round 1 70, Visitors 72 ; Round 2 - Home 71, Visitors 73 (reductions only)
Fortrose and Rosemarkie players unless stated otherwise
144 R A L Cameron 71 73.
145 P Cameron 70 75.
147 C Gaittens 74 73.
150 L Reid 78 72.
Section 1 
137 S Bassingdale (7) 67 70.
139 J Fair (5) 71 68.
140 B Nicholson (Muir of Ord) (5) 69 71.
141 A Brown (4) 71 70.
144 L MacLeman (9) 74 70.
Section 2 
138 J Price (16) 70 68.
147 D Douglas (18) 73 74, D Penman (Nairn) (11) 72 75, R. MacLeman (12) 72 75.
148 A Fraser (10) 76 72.



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