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Sutherland win back trophies from Caithness


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Three members of the Wick team, (from left) Carol Place, Deirdre MacAngus and Marion Mackay, join the Brora winners of the Ord Salver at Brora Golf Club on Saturday. They are (from fourth left): Marlene Bokas, Lesley Beaney, Caroline Sutherland-Pilch and
Three members of the Wick team, (from left) Carol Place, Deirdre MacAngus and Marion Mackay, join the Brora winners of the Ord Salver at Brora Golf Club on Saturday. They are (from fourth left): Marlene Bokas, Lesley Beaney, Caroline Sutherland-Pilch and

TWO Sutherland clubs recovered both trophies from Caithness in the annual Caithness-Sutherland women’s team inter-club golf competition at Brora on Saturday.

Hosts Brora won the scratch Ord Salver for the first time in 12 years, their name was last engraved on the salver in 1999 at the Bonar Bridge/Ardgay venue.

Brora’s total came from the scores of their most experienced players, Marlene Bokas 84, Lesley Beaney 83, and Caroline Sutherland-Pilch 93 for a 54-hole total of 260. Three of the four-team scores count and non-counting for Brora was a 95 from Susan Smith.

The Wick first team of Deirdre MacAngus 85, Marion Mackay 87 and Doreen Cormack 91, for 263, came second in both scratch and handicap aggregates. Wick’s non-counting scratch score was from Carol Place, but her nett 76 helped combined with MacAngus and Mackay for the nett aggregate of 231which finished five strokes behind winners Golspie, who compiled a total of 226 from first-team members Anne Macrae (11) 75, Judith Macleod (22) 72, and Fiona More (20) 79. Golspie’s fourth player in their winning Beatrice Trophy quartet was Caroline Logie.

In the tough windy conditions at Brora the two best scores of the day came from the two youngest players on show. Reay’s 16-year-old Eleanor Tunn had the only score below 80, a 78, despite a triple-bogey finish at the 16th hole and a double-bogey five on the final hole in her halves of 38 and 40. But she was alone as the Reay quartet grossed an overall 275.

After losing their last junior girl to college last year, Golspie have found another bright prospect in 14-year-old Lauren Bonner who played well below her first-year handicap of 31 to record a very encouraging best nett score of 67.

At the club meeting that followed the prize-giving, Reay Golf Club agreed to be the 2012 hosts.

Leading scratch team scores: Brora (1) 260; Wick (1) 263; Royal Dornoch (1) 268; Reay (1) 275; Thurso (1) 278. Nett aggregates: Golspie (1) 226; Brora (1) 230; Royal Dornoch (1) 230; Wick (1) 231; Brora (2) 232; Golspie (2) 234; Reay 92) 235. Royal Dornoch (2) 235.


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