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GOLF: Alness golfer is Sutherland County Cup champion

By Will Clark

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CONNOR Hall was crowned Sutherland County Cup champion as he claimed victory at Brora Golf Club last weekend.

Connor Hall.
Connor Hall.

The Brora Golf Club member took the title with gross scores of 69 and 71 to give him a winning score of 140.

He was four shots clear of the chasing pack with fellow Brora member James Ross in second place with a score of 144, recording 72 in both rounds.

Hall (28) a project manager from Alness, says winning the Sutherland County Cup is the biggest win of his career so far.

“The course was set up really tough and it was the hardest that I have ever seen Brora Golf Course,” said Hall.

“It wasn’t rewarding aggressive golf needed, it was more good steady golf that was required to win it. I played it safe and it worked out in the end. It was always going to require a good performance to win it, and thankfully it was me that churned it out.

“It didn’t cross my mind that I won the cup until I went into the clubhouse and people started to tell me that they thought that I had won it.

“When the last person came in and I knew it was sealed, you couldn’t take the smile off my face.

“I have won competitions in the past, but this is the biggest trophy that I have won in my career as it is the first county title I have won.”

Chris Mailley completed the podium in the Sutherland County Cup, as he claimed third place with a score of 145.

He hit a 74 in the morning session, but improved in the afternoon round by firing a 71.

Ross Naismith hit the best round of the day when he shot a 67 during the morning session.

But a disappointing 78 in the afternoon meant he finished in fourth place with 145 due to a poorer back nine to Mailley.

Robert Macdonald made up the top five with a 146 with rounds of 74 and 72.

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