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Craig takes home Sandside Shield after excellent round of 92


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Gregor Munro playing his approach to the 16th during Reay's May Medal on Saturday.
Gregor Munro playing his approach to the 16th during Reay's May Medal on Saturday.

It has been another busy week on the fairways and greens of Reay golf course with some closely fought contests in both the ladies and gents’ sections.

Pauline Craig continued her recent rich vein of form to take home the Sandside Shield following an excellent round of 92, made up of halves of 44 and 48, for a winning nett score of 66.

Carole Cameron birdied the second on her way to a round of 88 for nett 68 and the runner-up spot, edging Lora Jane Kelly into third place after a good front nine set her up for a matching nett 68.

Alison Ross managed a brace of birdies at the fifth and 15th holes on her way to a round of nett 69 and fourth place.

Round three of the ladies' summer Stableford was won by Carol Paterson after a fine round of 81, which included a birdie at the 14th hole, was good enough for a score of 37 points.

Pam Bain also birdied the 14th on her way to a round of 80 for 36 points and second spot.

Carole Cameron capped a fine front nine with a birdie at the ninth on her way to a score of 36 to take third place, while Rebecca Munro, Eleanor Tunn and Pauline Craig were next best after all carding rounds of 35 points.

Tunn had the consolation of carding the best gross score of the day, an excellent 72, which included birdies at the ninth and 14th holes.

In the latest round of the North Point Distillery Senior Stableford, it was Colin Struthers who topped the standings for the second week in a row after birdies at the 14th and 15th helped him to a score of 45 points.

David R Craig took second place following a solid round of 38 points, with Willie Steven and Dave Snashall next best on 36.

Kenny Farmer Snr (right) receiving a bottle of North Point rum from Sandy Chisholm after winning the nearest-the-pin prize in the senior Stableford competition at Reay.
Kenny Farmer Snr (right) receiving a bottle of North Point rum from Sandy Chisholm after winning the nearest-the-pin prize in the senior Stableford competition at Reay.

Hugh Millar finished fifth on 34 points. Kenny Farmer Snr also bagged a bottle of North Point’s finest, winning the nearest-the-pin competition at the 18th.

Despite a stiff breeze, the gents' May Medal was a very low-scoring affair, with Stuart Greig edging Andy Mowat on countback after both posted blistering scores of nett 65.

Greig’s win came courtesy of a round of 77 made up of halves of 42 and 35, with birdies at the 10th and 18th proving crucial.

Mowat managed no fewer than four birdies, at the fifth, seventh, 12th and 14th, during his round of 70. Andy Bain birdied the ninth, 10th and 13th on his way to a round of 74 for nett 67, while Gregor Munro managed birdies at the second, sixth and ninth and a rare eagle at the 14th as he posted a score of 68 for nett 67.

Gavin Gunn and Tom Ross also managed rounds of nett 67. Gunn birdied the 14th during his round of 76, while Ross birdied the sixth, seventh, 14th and 17th on his way to posting a score of 69.

Graeme Fryett claimed the Beinn Ratha Trophy with a fine nett 68, finishing two shots ahead of David R Craig on nett 70. James Meiklejohn recovered from a poor start to take third place on nett 72, with Jack Johnstone finishing a stroke further adrift in fourth place.

Leslie Malcolm amassed an impressive 40 points to win round three of the Summer Cup, with James Halliday taking second on 38. Doug Mackenzie, Cammie Ross, Stuart Greig and Donald Mowat shared third place on 36 points.

This weekend sees Reay co-hosting the eagerly anticipated NC500 Links Open with Wick Golf Club, sponsored by CS Drilling Services and Hugh Simpson Contractors. Round one will be played at Reay on Saturday, with the second and final round played over the Reiss links on Sunday.


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