Forres golfer wins by five shots at Nairn Dunbar
Former Scottish Internationalist, Jeff Wright made his professional debut in the North Scottish Alliance golf fixture at Nairn Dunbar last Saturday and collected his first winner’s pay cheque.
In a field of 94 played over one of the north’s toughest links and playing its full 6721 yards from the medal tees, the Forres golfer bogied and first and ninth holes for a two over par outward card of 37 before unleashing his professional game on the field over the next nine holes.
Beginning at the 12th he birdied five more holes of his last six, but for a three putt on the par five 16th green it would have been seven birdies on the bounce. This took him home in 31 for a four under par winning card of 68. Wright (27) crossed the finishing line five shots ahead of a trio returned 73.
They included Inverness’s club champion, Jonathon Keith (38/35), Boat of Garten professional Ross Harrower (36/37) and Moray’s Graham Murray.
Inverness’s David Joel, winner of the October fixture played at Inverness, finished alone in fourth place with a 74 (36/38). Joel might have been joined on 74 with Fortrose and Rosemarkie’s Lewis Reid but he disqualified himself after signing for a wrong score at one hole.
With his best gross return in three fixtures a 75, James Fraser (Fortrose andRosemarkie) shared fourth place with Alex Mair (Moray) and with both holding handicaps of five they tied first nett 70, in the low handicap section. Ian Murray (Boat of Garten) and Duncan McGrouther (Inverness) were next with nett 72s.
In the upper handicap section Jim Rogers won with 67, four shots ahead of Liam Hutchison 71 and Bill Sanderson 72.