Third round of Tarbert’s golf championship

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The third round of this year’s Tarbert Golf Club championship took place last Saturday with the course in great condition, however the strong wind made scoring difficult.

Former champion Bruce MacNab held a four-shot lead going into the third round but a horror start saw the lead wiped out at the very first hole when Iain Macalister birdied and Bruce had a seven.

Iain went on to birdie the second hole as well and despite the windy conditions was very much in control of his game over the first nine holes to be out in 35.

John MacNab was also playing his normal steady game also returning 35, enjoying birdies at the 1st and 8th holes.

After nine holes Iain had turned a four-shot deficit into a four-shot lead over Bruce and six ahead of John.

Over the next four holes both Iain and John dropped four shots allowing Bruce some breathing space to claw back some of the deficit.

When play was complete and all scores checked the totals after round three were as follows: Iain Macalister 212, Bruce MacNab 213, John MacNab 217.

In the John Reid Quaich the silverware again headed south to Largieside with Duncan Johnstone retaining the trophy, shooting 134 nett over the two rounds. This win was Duncan’s eighth in this competition.

In the senior championship, played over the final two rounds of the championship, John MacNab took the first round lead on 73.

On Sunday when players gathered for the final round the course was beginning to flood with several greens under water, the committee were left with no alternative but to re-arrange the final round for this Saturday, August 24.

The James Johnson Cup and monthly medal will also take place on the same day which will allow members who have not played in the championship to compete in these events.

The prize-giving for the championship will take place in the clubhouse at 5pm on Saturday with Captain Chris Smyth hoping for a full turn-out of members. Hospitality is being provided by the lady members.