Moray's Murray proves mint
Moray golfers dominated the North Scottish Golfers Alliance fixture played over the Garmouth and Kingston course last Saturday, with Moray Golf Club member Graham Murray securing his first individual win.
After sharing three scratch places over the past two seasons, it was finally a chance for Murray – a member of the team who were beaten in last month’s Northern Counties Cup Final by The Nairn – to stand on his own at the top of the leaderboard.
Murray returned a card of one-under par to win by one shot from Forres member Jeff Wright, who went round in 67. The Moray club ended the day with two more members in the top five, Bryan Robson (69) and Kyle Godsman (70).
David Joel was the best of the city members, with Bob Stewart (Kings Golf Club) finishing fourth in Class One.
David Walker and Jim Rogers (both Inverness) shared third and fourth places respectively in the high-handicap section.
The NSGA fixtures continue tomorrow over the Moray New course, while with schools breaking up for holidays the North of Scotland Boys’ Junior Match-Play Championship begins on Monday at Forres.
At the Inter-Area Invitational Team event at Spey Valley, North District team members Wright and Jordan Shaw (Boat of Garten) finished first and second in the individual scoring.
Despite their scores of 68 and 72 though, the North team of eight came last in the three-way meeting with Perth and Kinross and the North East.
Inverness club champion Jonathon Keith carded a 93, which was discarded from the other seven team members’ total of 556, 24 behind the North East’s winning total.
A 90 from Scott Lawrie (The Nairn) was used though, as were three more cards in the 80s from Kieran MacKay (Inverness) and Fortrose and Rosemarkie duo Alan Cameron and Lewis Reid, while Elgin’s Danny Edwards carded 79.