Brora aiming for Ord Salver victory
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HOST club Brora are fielding two teams of four in the Caithness-Sutherland women’s interclub team competition tomorrow in the hope of winning the scratch Ord Salver for the first time in 11 previous attempts.
Brora’s last win came at Bonar Bridge/Ardgay Golf Club in 1999 and since then such has been the swing of dominance towards Caithness only the Royal Dornoch women were able to reverse the county club successes with Dornoch winning in 2000, 2002, 2006 and 2009.
When the event last visited Brora’s James Braid Links seven years ago, Thurso carried the salver home over the Ord and they come to Brora tomorrow as the defending champions and three-time winners in the past four years with the quartet of Eileen Manson, Nadia Green, Ann Simmonite and Liz Rhodes.
But this year there may be a swing in fortune towards Thurso’s near neighbours, Reay, who are now able to call upon their teenage starlet, Eleanor Tunn, who will be joined by Pam Bain, Alison Ross and Susan Hawes to spearhead their challenge.
Tunn has been having an excellent year since leaving her mark on the women’s Northern Counties Championship at Fortrose and Rosemarkie in the spring as leading matchplay qualifier and only last week was runner-up in the North of Scotland Girls’ Championship at Moray Golf Club.
The competition, which embraces the women’s four North regional areas of Angus County, Aberdeenshire, Perth and Kinross and Northern Counties was played over the Moray new course last Sunday.
Tunn’s scratch card of 73 – made up mainly of par figures and one birdie at the 13th hole – finished just two shots behind the winner, Jessica Meek (Carnoustie).
But Tunn’s nett score of 69, two better than the CSS, enabled her to win the handicap trophy by four from Olivia Borthwick (McDonald GC).