North team revealed for national golf championship
North District men’s golf team captain Allan Cameron has selected his team of six for the Scottish Area Team Championship.
The squad includes two changes from the team that triumphed last year at Cawder Golf Club, and features a new face in the form of Keiran Mackay (Inverness Golf Club) and Dougie Thorburn (Wick).
The Wick greenkeeper was first selected when he was district champion in 2014, and has since made two more appearances at the finals.
Not retaining his place because of a poor season is Chris Gaittens (Fortrose and Rosemarkie), and not available due to work is Moray’s Kyle Godsman (Moray).
Cameron’s selections to play alongside MacKay and Thorburn are Jeff Wright (Forres), Jordan Shaw (Boat of Garten), David Joel (Inverness) and Lewis Reid (Fortrose and Rosemarkie).
Although there is still some doubt over whether or not Wright will be available to take his place in the team.
The Forres golfer still has ambitions of retaining his place in the Scotland team for the Home Internationals.
They take place the following week at Lahinch Golf Club on Ireland’s West Coast.
So if selected, he would be travelling to Ireland on Sunday and unavailable – in which case Cameron himself would play.
Wright has not been able to replicate the successes he enjoyed in 2018 this year.
With one final opportunity to make a point in last weekends Scottish Men’s Open Championship played over The Dukes Course, St. Andrews, he failed to make the halfway cut after recording two equal cards of 76.
Jordan Shaw also played and missed the cut with his returns of 77 and 73.
Both the north golfers were out shone by Nairn teenager Calum Scott who finished in a tie for 10th place after cards of 72, 71, 71, and 69 for a total of 283.