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MacKay aiming for rare trophy double

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Kieran MacKay will begin his defence of his Tain Four Day Open title looking to become one of the few men to win that and the Abdul Ghani Cup back-to-back.

The winners at the Abdul Ghani Cup - Kieran MacKay, George McKinlay and Munro Ferries.
The winners at the Abdul Ghani Cup - Kieran MacKay, George McKinlay and Munro Ferries.

MacKay, also a member of Inverness Golf Club, sealed his first Abdul Ghani Cup win with a 36-hole total of 135, five under par.

His Inverness club mate David Joel, the winner in 2014, came second on 139 with Tain local Sean Kennedy in third on 146.

George McKinlay took the handicap Rutherford Trophy back to Orkney with two nett cards of 71 from a 12 handicap. McKinlay won on a better second round score from Tain’sGraham MacKintosh, with Colin Satterly (Longniddrey) in third.

After four 36-hole wins since 2004, local lefty Munro Ferries coasted to a three-stroke success in the 18-hole competition over club mate Ian Cowper.

Tain’s Cameron Crown and Allan MacLeod claimed the 18-hole handicap vouchers.

Muir of Ord Golf Club hosted the North District Boys and Girls Championships last Friday where Nairn’s Calum Daun won the boys’ Bain Trophy, while Mollie O’Brien (Reay Golf Club) became a first-time girls’ champion.

Daun, also a member of Inverness Golf Club, reached the final of the Inverness Four Day Open last month and shot a combined 134 to win by a shot from local junior Nathan MacKenzie.

That prevented Nairn taking the top four places, but they still ran away with the Emslie Team Shield with a 428 total.

Royal Dornoch girls Mikayla MacKay and Rhinna Mackay were first and third respectively in their handicap, separated by Nairn Dunbar’s Kaci Robertson.

Golspie Golf Course played host to a women’s Threes north district team competition.

The winning team on count back was Nairn trio Gillian Jones, Maggie Campbell and Isabel Robertson, whose best ball score was 63.

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