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Laura gets the better of strong wind to take Thurso Ladies' Open title

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Prizewinners after the Thurso Ladies' Open last weekend.
Prizewinners after the Thurso Ladies' Open last weekend.

Laura Durrand emerged as winner of the Thurso Ladies' Open on Saturday with a gross 74, managing birdies on the first and 16th into a strong headwind.

Second gross was Eleanor Tunn, from Reay, with a 78 and third gross was Wick's Deirdre Macangus on 82.

The winner of the handicap trophy was Alice Fidler with an impressive nett 70 in the tricky wind, securing excellent pars at nine and 17 – pipping Angela Williamson by one. She had a 71, finishing nicely with a par on the 18th.

Jean Clasper finished third on 73, beating Rebecca Munro (also 73) by a better inward half.

Fifth place went to Lora Jane Kelly, one of the newbies from Reay, shooting a steady 74, and Eileen Manson secured sixth nett with 76.

The competition was sponsored by the Captain's Galley restaurant.

There were 42 entries and the course was in fabulous condition with head greenkeeper Frazer Sparling's hard work paying off.

Five beginners took part and played seven holes. The beginner winner was Sophie Kinghorn, who had a great time and managed to par the fifth.

Nearest the pin on the third was Carol Paterson, of Reay – an impressive drive into the wind and before sinking the putt for a birdie.

Longest drive on the second hole was by Rachel Durrand in the bronze section and her mother Laura followed her by getting longest drive in the silver section.

KW Kitchen supplied a meal.

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