Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Inverness win North club team championship
The Inverness Golf Club trio of Cameron Franssen, Jonathon Keith and Kieran MacKay won the North District's Club Team event at Golspie, bringing to an end Nairn's two-year reign as best club in the North.
Yet it was Nairn's Fraser Fotheringham, a member of the team who won for the last two years, who inspired his team-mates in round one with a level par 70,  the highlight being four successive birdies on the back nine (11th, 12th, 13th and 14th) for an inward half of 32 to add to his first nine of 38.
Fotheringham added an even better second round of one under par 69 (35-34)  while clubmates Finlay Asher scored 73 and 76 and Jamie MacKintosh 80 and76. The best two from each round added up to a total of 288 to end up in second place.
It was a young and talented Inverness team who bettered the Nairn total by one. St. Andrews student Cameron Franssen (73-71), last season's two big winners, club champion Jonathon Keith (72-74) and Four-Day Open winner Kieran Mackay (80-71) whose best of two from each round added to 287 to earn the trip to the Scottish final to be played at Eastwood Golf Club on September 24 and hopefully onward to the European final.
An Inverness second team of John Forbes (71-70), David Joel (80-74) and Bruce Thomson combined for a best of four total of 293 and finish in third place.  Topping a great weekend for Inverness Golf Club, members Calum Reid, Robbie Fyfe and Michael Walker won the three-ball better-ball event at Muir of Ord Golf Club. 
The individual leading 36 hole totals at Golspie were:
139 Fraser Fotheringham (Nairn) 70 69.
141 John Forbes (Inverness) 71 70
144 Cameron Franssen (Inverness) 73 71.
 As the competition was a North Order of Merit counting event, all these players added to their existing points totals which, after four events, shows the leaders as:
B Fotheringham (Forres) 230, F Fotheringham (Nairn), 175, M Wilson (Forres) 165, J Forbes (Inverness) 140, D Joel (Inverness) 135, C Franssen (Inverness) 110, J Wright (Forres) 100, J MacBeath (Brora) 95, C Mailley (Royal Dornoch) 95, R MacKerron (Forres) 80,  D Thorburn (Thurso) 75, A Cameron (Fortrose) 65.    



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