Summer League (sponsored by NewsBeaT) - Season 2010-2011
Summer League 7 - 26 May 10
The top scorer in last week's Newsbeat Summer League at Thurso Golf Club was Nicky Doherty with 41 points on Thursday.
Doherty's front nine made interesting reading. He began with four straight pars followed by a birdie two at the fifth. Then there was a bogey followed by a double bogey, but not to worry, an eagle two at the eighth provided four points and a further point at the ninth got him to the turn in one over par and 20 points. He was also one over par, for 21 points, on the way in but it was a much more even affair with bogeys at the eleventh and sixteenth holes and a solitary birdie at the seventeenth.
Alan Swanson was one over par and 18 points at the turn. After dropping a shot, and point, at the tenth Swanson finished strongly with birdies at the fourteenth, fifteenth and eighteenth holes for a round of 68 and 39 points.
Stephen Spargo had a superb front nine with birdies at the fifth, seventh and eighth holes on his way to two under par and 23 points. The birdies failed to come on the inward nine though and he had to settle for third place after count back.
Lenny Murray had a good back nine and claimed fourth place with 38 points, one ahead of Gordon Morris. Roddy Harper and John Morrison were a further point back.
There was a first win for Charles Ross the previous day as his 39 point effort edged out Graeme Henderson by a point. Ross got all of the par threes on the way out when he scored 21 points and held on for 17 more points despite having three sixes on his card.
There can often be a temporary adverse effect when a player receives a significant handicap cut as happened to Graeme Henderson recently. It hasn't affected him though, if his front nine on Wednesday is anything to go by. Playing off 13, Henderson was only two over par for 22 points. He failed to get a point at the sixteenth but another 16 points on the way in earned him second place and a further one shot cut in his handicap.
Stuart Donn, Greg McEwan, Bryan Ronald, Jason Simpson and Angus Cameron finished in that order after all scored 37 points.