Break­ing his tar­get is a big hit with Dou­glas

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sports -

It’s been the golf­ing story of the sum­mer - no, not Rory McIl­roy’s un­stop­pable form, but Re­former re­porter Dou­glas Dickie’s at­tempts to smash through the 80 bar­rier over 18 holes.

And he fi­nally man­aged it at his home club of Blair­beth last week.

His round of 79 marked the first time he’d dropped be­low 80 on a course of at least a par 70 since he teamed up with Kirkhill pro, Dun­can Wil­liamson.

In truth, he’d been ca­pa­ble of it for quite a while, but the odd loose hole would let him down badly.

And there were still a few ex­am­ples of his wa­ver­ing con­sis­tency in his round last Satur­day, but hol­ing his sec­ond shot to the par four eighth hole went a long way to even­ing out the dam­age.

The chal­lenge now will be to keep this form go­ing and fi­nally break the 80 mark at the longer Kirkhill track.

Dou­glas started his round well, birdieing the first be­fore giv­ing the shot straight back at the sec­ond.

He ar­rived on the sixth tee sit­ting at +3 but pushed his drive out of bounds. A pulled ap­proach left him in heavy rough and trees but he pro­duced a mirac­u­lous chip and putt to sal­vage a dou­ble-bo­gey.

The big mo­ment came at the 277-yard par four eighth. He drove through the green, but pro­duced a deft chip down the hill to hole out for an ea­gle.

He turned in 39 and was well on track, but he failed to set the back nine alight. Pars at 11, 14 and 16 were in­ter­spersed with bo­geys, as well as a dou­ble at the 550-yard par five 15th, which was play­ing into a two-club wind.

The short 17th had proved his neme­sis be­fore and his tee shot found a bunker, be­fore a fine shot left him a down­hill putt from four feet. But he couldn’t cap­i­talise and a poor drive at the 18th looked to have scup­pered his chances.

He saved his best shot till last though, fir­ing a five-iron from a poor lie 170 yards over high trees and on to the green be­fore two-putts gave him the par he needed.

And he reck­ons fol­low­ing Dun­can’s ad­vice from a few weeks ago was the key: “The last time I was in this po­si­tion, I knew I needed a par up the last and three-putted.

“This time, I thought my chance had ba­si­cally gone. I wasn’t count­ing my score and had lost track a bit. I just wanted to fin­ish as well as I could.

“I putted well and holed a few clutch putts for par. Plus my chip in for ea­gle was a wel­come bonus. But I’ve ac­tu­ally struck the ball a lot bet­ter and I feel I still left shots out there. It should and could have been a 75 or 76 if I’m be­ing hon­est.

“Hope­fully I can just keep fol­low­ing Dun­can’s ad­vice and I’ll get there at Kirkhill too.” Dou­glas’s card Hole Par Score 1 4 3 2 4 5 3 4 4 4 3 4 5 4 5 6 4 6 7 5 5 8 4 2 9 4 5 Out 36 39 10 3 4 11 5 5 12 3 4 13 3 4 14 4 4 15 5 7 16 4 4 17 3 4 18 4 4 In 34 40 Out 36 39

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I just wanted to fin­ish as well as I could

Break­ing 80 Dou­glas Dickie man­aged to get be­low 80 at Blair­beth

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