THE scratch men prefer the 36 hole test, the handicappers favour the shorter run to the finishing line but Golspie Golf Club, despite knowing they will have a lower entry, stuck with the 36 holes for their Millicent Bowl and Campbell Shield tournament.
And last weekend’s 36 holer produced a local and visiting winner.
The Campbell Shield scratch trophy was won by Inverness’s John Forbes and the Millicent Bowl for handicap, which is confined to members of Sutherland clubs, was won by Golspie’s Colin S Sutherland.
Forbes has become a bit of a course specialist at Golspie. Winner for the past two years of the spring 18 hole events, last Saturday he strung together cards of 73 and 71 for a 144 aggregate to head the 40-plus entry, and a four stroke win over local club champion Darren Hexley.
Hexley was 38/37 for his opening 75 and then 38/35 for his second round 73 to finish ahead of Reay Golf Club’s one handicapper Gavin Sutherland.
Sutherland began with an 80 but turned his day around with a one under par second card of 69, (33/37).
Teenager Colin Sutherland (19), after reducing his handicap from 22 to 10 over the past two seasons during which he was handicap club champion in 2016, enjoyed a much better start to his day than the scratch winner by holing his chip at the first green for birdie four. Despise losing a ball in his first round he still posted a nett 71.
A second ball was lost in round two but Colin was able to repeat his first round score and win his first major trophy with a 142 aggregate, two shots ahead of five handicapper Graeme Bethune (Royal Dornoch) who netted two 72s. Bethune edged in front of his club mate Craig Sutherland on the better nett second round (71/73).