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Ladies swing back into action at Thurso Golf Club


By Ali Morrison

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Due to the delayed start this year, June 16 saw the first event of the new season for the Thurso Golf Club ladies’ section with a wonderful turnout looking to claim the 3 Club Goblet.

Ladies’ captain Jean Sutherland, using her new fairway-finding 3 wood, 8 iron and trusty putter, took home the first piece of silverware on offer with a great nett score of 49. In second place was Emma Durrand, who had armed herself with a hybrid 8 iron and putter, with 65 (12) 53.

Up next was the Gunnach Trophy which was played in a Stableford format. This was won by Emma Durrand with a score of 42 points, a round that saw Emma two under at the 12th.

Runner-up was Sarah Meiklejohn with 40 points. Great scoring form both saw their handicaps cut to 15 and 19 respectively.

The June Medal and the first qualifying round for the club championship again saw an excellent turnout. Fern Mackay, with a score of 104 (36) 68, beat runner-up Laura Durrand who shot the lowest gross round of the day, 75 (6) 69, by oneshot to win.

The June extra medal was won by Emma Durrand who continued her fine start to the season with a score of 84 (15) 69. Runner-up was Laura Durrand, 76 (6) 70.

Thurso Golf Club ladies' captain Jean Sutherland (left) and vice-captain Lyndsey Stott at the start of the summer season.
Thurso Golf Club ladies' captain Jean Sutherland (left) and vice-captain Lyndsey Stott at the start of the summer season.

The 125 trophy and the second qualifying round for the club championship was a closely contested family affair with one shot separating first and second. Aileen Simmonite came out on top with a score of 86 (15) 71, while the runner-up was Anne Simmonite on 94 (22) 72.

Due to the delayed start to the season, July 4 saw the April Medal being played. The winner was Fern Mackay with 98 (35) 63.

This was Fern’s first sub-100 round and saw another handicap cut.

Runner-up was Laura Durrand with 75 (6) 69 which saw her handicap cut to five.

The July Medal took place on July 7 and it was won by Laura Durrand with a course record-equalling score of 72 (5) 67. Despite starting with a six, a tap-in birdie on the 11th along with a 40ft birdie putt on the 17th meant a birdie was required on the last to break her current course record.

Runner-up was Sarah Meiklejohn with 89 (19) 70) which saw her handicap cut to 18.

With talented young golfers coming through, this makes for an exciting season ahead.



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