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Trio prove the real Mackay at Durness Golf Club

By Will Clark

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Colin, Donald and Richard Mackay came out victorious at the three-ball competition, which kicked off Durness Golf Club’s weekend of golf, as the trio continue to excel in the competition over recent years.

Colin, Donald and Richard Mackay at Durness Golf Club.
Colin, Donald and Richard Mackay at Durness Golf Club.

The Ian Campbell Memorial Trophy was won last year by David Campbell, Alistair Morrison and Neil MacRae and the three players made a strong defence of their title when they shot a 59.

But they were just pipped at the post by the Mackay family by one shot on 58.

Another fine score, and enough to earn them third place was the 60 shot by Alisdair McCowan, Billy McBain and David Drummond.

Twelve teams participated which was an all time high.

The Durness Men’s Open followed on Sunday and didn’t disappoint with 49 players competing in the tournament.

The best of the day was the 68 from Gavin Sutherland, of Reay, who finished three strokes ahead of Richard Mackay, the defending champion. Mackay’s 71 was four shots better than his winning score from 2020.

In third place was Wick Golf Club’s greenkeeper Dougie Thorburn on 72. Neil Cameron, from Brora Golf Club, finished on 74.

The overall handicap prize was won by Marc Keith who shot the score of his short golfing career 88 (24) 64.

Richard Mackay’s 71 (6) 65 was second and on his first visit to Durness was Iain McCall, of Strathpeffer, 75 (10) 65.

n Other prizes:

Division One (up to handicap 9.2) – David Mackenzie 77 (7) 70; Alistair Morrison 79 (8) 71 John O’Brien, Reay 78 (7) 71.

Division Two (9.3-14) Davie Ross 78 (12) 66; Donald Morrison 79 (13) 66; James Keith 82 (14) 68.

Division Three (14.1-up) Donald I. Morrison 82 (16) 66 ; John Mackenzie 88 (21) 67; Neil MacRae 82 (15) 67.

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