Schinkel doubles up at Brora
Royal Dornoch member Michael Schinkel went from youth champion to Association Cup winner at the North District Association of Scottish Golf annual championship.
Held at Brora, Schinkel’s total of 138 over the two rounds was two strokes ahead of 2016 champion, Fraser Fotheringham from Nairn.
Schinkel had won the Murray Watt Youth Trophy at Tain Golf Club 12 months ago and the trophy stayed at Tain as promising 19-year-old Sean Kennedy took it home from Brora.
Kennedy matched the par of 70 in both rounds to tie in overall second place with Fotheringham, who himself claimed the youth title back in 2008.
Although he was relegated to third in the overall standings on second-round scores, Kennedy led the way for the under-21 category.
A last-round date clash in Dornoch, meant that Royal Dornoch only had two entrants at Brora,
But they still claimed the team trophy for the first time in nearly 50 years, since 1970.
Although Schinkel now lives in Kirkwall, the former UHI Dornoch student has retained his membership of that course, and he was joined at Brora by Liam MacDonald-MacLeod.
MacLeod, winner for the past three years of the Brora Five Day event, was the only competitor to break 70 in the opening round.
But a double bogey on the 13th hole in his second round dropped him back to eighth overall with a card of 74.
His combined score with Schinkel though was enough to top the team leaderboard with 281.
The team winners now go forward to the Scottish national club finals later in the season, where there may still be an opportunity for Sutherland’s County Champion Chris Mailley to make up the trio and show his class at a higher level.
With a gross 82, Lynne Fraser (Fortrose and Rosemarkie) was an eight-shot winner of Golspie Golf Club’s Ladies open last weekend, carding halves of 40 and 42.