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Captain Bain wins by two shots in Reay's June Medal

By Ali Morrison

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Recently appointed captain Andy Bain took the spoils in the June Medal competition at Reay Golf Club.
Recently appointed captain Andy Bain took the spoils in the June Medal competition at Reay Golf Club.

After a couple of months of enforced absence, golfers have returned to the fairways of Reay in their droves for the resumption of competitive action. The downtime has allowed greenkeeper James Macadie to do some sterling work on the course and the players have been benefiting from the true putting surfaces with some excellent scores recorded.

First up was the June Medal and it was appropriate that recently appointed captain Andy Bain took the spoils after a fine round of 76 for nett 68. His matching halves of 38 included a birdie at the 13th, and he was good enough to win by a margin of two shots.

Colin Munro took second place after a round of 78 for nett 70. His halves of 40 and 38 included a brace of birdies at the seventh and 16th holes, but he will want to forget a "fresh air" shot at the second hole which could only be put down to a touch of understandable rustiness.

Donald Mowat finished third after matching halves of 41 gave him a score of 82 for nett 70.

In the ladies' section, Pam Bain made it a cause for double celebration in the household after she also triumphed in the June Medal after a fine round of 83 gave her a nett 73. Her halves of 41 and 42 were too good for her nearest challenger Carol Paterson, who posted a score of 88 for nett 76.

Carole Cameron completed the podium places after her round of 98 gave her nett 79.

The Banks Medal is one of the oldest and finest pieces of silverware up for grabs at Reay, and it was Tom Ross who had the distinction of winning it after a super round of level-par 69 gave him a nett 65.

Ross managed no fewer than four birdies – at the sixth, 13th, 14th and 17th – in a round made up of halves of 36 and 33.

Michael Smith was edged into second place after a fine round of 72 gave him a nett 66, with a birdie at the 13th providing the highlight.

New member James Swan introduced himself to competitive action with a fine round of 80 for nett 68, but it could have been so much better after a 10 at the sixth. Birdies at the 17th and 18th offset some of the damage, but Swan will be a contender for prizes as the season progresses.

The Ward Trophy was played in breezy conditions and this was reflected in the scoring, which was played in Stableford format. In the end it was Cammie Ross who made a welcome return to the winners' circle with a haul of 32 points which included a birdie at the 13th.

Kenny Farmer and Tom Mackenzie shared second place on 31, with John O’Brien and David Mackay finishing a point further back.

Round one of the Jacobs Summer Cup witnessed the lowest score of the season so far, courtesy of Lee Parnell. His magnificent haul of 43 Stableford points came from a round of 67 made up of halves of 34 and 33 with birdies at the eighth, 12th and 16th.

Captain Andy Bain took second place on 40 points which included a brace of birdies, at the fourth and fifth. Tom Mackenzie continued his solid start to the season to take third place on 36 points.

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