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'Elated' golfer gets driving ban

Gunn was caught speeding at 104mph in a 60mph stretch of the A9

A golfer was so pleased with winning a card allowing him to play for the US Professional Tour he did not notice he was speeding, an Inverness court heard.

James Gunn, 28, a member of Royal Dornoch Golf Club in the Highlands but who now lives in Arizona, drove at 104mph on a 60mph stretch of the A9.

In a letter read out to a Justice of the Peace Court, Gunn said: "I was elated and my thoughts wandered."

The golfer was banned from driving for six months and fined 400.

Gunn, who was excused from appearing in court, admitted speeding at Nuide, near Newtonmore, on 15 November last year.

He apologised to the court for the offence and said he would make sure it never happened again.

Gunn said he had driven up and down the A9 for the past 10 years and it was the first time he had been guilty of a speeding offence. At the time of the offence he was driving home to tell his family of his success.

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