Efemey masters the conditions to take Reay medal
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After a stormy period, players were able to get back into competitive action at Reay Golf Club.
The October Medal was played in wet and windy weather, which meant good scores were at a premium, with Steve Efemey mastering the conditions to secure the win by a two-stroke margin. His round of 79 for nett 70 included a birdie at the fifth hole, and he had the distinction of carding both the best gross and nett score of the day.
Pete McCartney took second place on countback ahead of Ian Farquhar after both finished on nett 72. McCartney’s tally came from a solid round of 88 made up of halves of 43 and 45, while a costly triple bogey at the final hole derailed Farquhar’s challenge for first place and saw him finish on a gross score of 87.
Four players – Leslie Malcolm, Willie Williamson, Sandy Chisholm and Malcolm Thomson – finished a stroke further adrift on nett 73.
Meanwhile, in the latest North Point Distillery Senior Stableford action, Sandy Chisholm fired a solid round for 36 points and first place.
Carol Paterson birdied the 11th on her way to 35 points, a tally matched by Malcolm Thomson who reeled off eight pars during his round. Pete McCartney and David R Craig were next best after both finished on 34 points.
This Saturday will see the ladies and gents competing in their respective November medals, while on Sunday players will be competing in the latest round of the Winter League Stableford competition.
Invergordon’s Bryan Ronald led the way in the latest North Golf Winter Alliance event, held at Durness. He won the scratch section with a score of 71, while Thurso's Eileen Manson won the ladies' competition.
Results – Scratch: 1 Bryan Ronald (Invergordon), 71; 2 Billy Ferries (Tain), 76 (BIH); 3 Graeme Mellis (Muir of Ord), 76.
Category one: 1 Ian Ross (Reay), 79, nett 67; 2 Steven Lowe (Thurso), 84, nett 73; 3 Alisdair McGowan (Durness), 85, nett 75.
Category two: 1 Donald Morrison (Durness), 88, nett 73 (BIH); 2 Pete McCartney (Lybster), 89, nett 73; 3 Mark Mackay (Wick), 92, nett 77.
Ladies: 1 Eileen Manson (Thurso), 84, nett 74; 2 Sarah Meiklejohn (Reay), 92, nett 75; 3 Carol Paterson (Reay), 87, nett 76.
Nearest the pin: Eileen Manson.
The next Alliance event is at Dornoch on Sunday.