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Joel claims victory at Moray Golf Club


By Staff Reporter


Inverness Golf Club’s match secretary David Joel and former member John Forbes returned the winning scratch cards at Moray and Golspie last Saturday.

Inverness Four Day Golf Open - Monday Morning. David Joel lets one rip down the 17th. Picture: Callum Mackay. Image No. 018974
Inverness Four Day Golf Open - Monday Morning. David Joel lets one rip down the 17th. Picture: Callum Mackay. Image No. 018974

Forbes, who still resides in the city, switched his home club to Muir of Ord where he holds the post of secretary.

He strolled to his third Campbell Shield triumph in a row at Golspie, with rounds of 70 and 69.

That was enough to see him win by 11 strokes from his club member and head greenkeeper Darren Hexley, who shot 78 and 72.

Along with the shield, Forbes collected a voucher for £250.

Completing the scratch prizes was Ken Gaittens (Fortrose and Rosemarkie), who was beaten down to third place by Hexley’s better second round.

The handicap Millicent Bowl, named in the honour of a former member of the Sutherland household, was won by local Reece Somerville who was also the recipient of a £250 voucher.

Somerville’s two nett cards were 65 and 68 from a 16 handicap.

Moray Golf Club’s new and old courses played host to the Belhaven Boyd Anderson Trophy.

It was on the new course where Joel laid the foundation of his first success in the competition with an opening round of 68.

Four birdies on his inward half lifted him into second place after the first run, only behind a 67 from David Morrison (Meldrum House).

Joel then navigated the more testing old course with relative ease, his only spot of bother coming at the least difficult 16th hole.

His two halves of 36 posted an overall total of 140, which was just enough to scrape home ahead of two cards of 141.

One of those came from Fortrose and Rosemarkie’s Alan Cameron, while the other was posted by ex-Nairn Dunbar member Darren Pitchforth.

Both had identical rounds of 70 and 71, while Morrison dropped back to fourth on 142 overall.



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