Sutherland defeats captain to land prize
BRORA Golf Club's winners of the men's and women's Links trophies last Sunday were Inverness teenager Jack Michael (18) and Dornoch mother-of-three Anne Sutherland (45).
Now in his first adult season with a handicap of 24. Michael returned a gross card of 66, which converted to a winning 41 points.
He took the prize by one point from the trio of Mark Reilly (8) Alness, Tain's Paul Austin (6) and Ian Kennedy (5) (Overston Park).
Originally from Brora, Sutherland had no interest in golf as a young girl and it was only when she returned from London six years ago to reside in Dornoch that she took the game up after her eldest son Tom joined the Royal Dornoch junior section.
Now with an improving handicap of 21, Sutherland importantly scored points at all 18 holes to beat the Brora captain Anne Clarke who blobbed two holes and into second place.
With another good finish since returning to the game, Nadene McCulloch (Helmsdale) with 36 points was third ahead of club mates Pat Ashe and Lynda Mackay.
In the novelty competitions, nearest to the pin on the ninth green was Deirdre MacAngus (Wick) and on the 13th green the prize was claimed by Robert Mackay (Fortrose and Rosemarkie).