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Tunn and Sutherland take scratch win at Reay Mixed Open after fantastic round


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Prizewinners from the Reay Mixed Open (from left) – Donald Mowat and Carol Paterson, handicap runners-up; Jack Johnstone and Tricia Macdonald, handicap winners; Fred Groves, honorary club president; and Eleanor Tunn and Gavin Sutherland, scratch winners.
Prizewinners from the Reay Mixed Open (from left) – Donald Mowat and Carol Paterson, handicap runners-up; Jack Johnstone and Tricia Macdonald, handicap winners; Fred Groves, honorary club president; and Eleanor Tunn and Gavin Sutherland, scratch winners.

Sunday saw Reay host its annual Mixed Open in beautiful sunshine, with a strong breeze presenting a tough challenge for the players.

The scratch competition saw local duo Eleanor Tunn and Gavin Sutherland take the spoils after a fantastic round of 73 which included birdies at the second and 16th holes.

The handicap prize was also won by players from the home club, with Tricia Macdonald and Jack Johnstone prevailing after an excellent round of nett 64, with birdies at the 11th and 15th helping them on their way to victory. Donald Mowat and Carol Paterson took the runners-up spot in the handicap competition.

It was also a day to remember for Lynsey Macleod of Lybster Golf Club who had a spectacular hole in one at the notoriously tough par-three seventh.

Eleanor Tunn also finished top of the standings in the latest round of the ladies’ Summer Stableford competition after accumulating 36 points, with a spectacular eagle three at the par-five fourth hole providing the highlight.

Pam Bain managed a hat-trick of birdies, at the first, ninth and 14th holes, on her way to 32 points and second place, with Eilidh Patterson finishing third on countback after she also scored 32 points. Carol Paterson and Ruth Shallcross finished a point further back on 31.

Lynsey Macleod of Lybster Golf Club after her hole in one at the seventh hole during the Reay Mixed Open.
Lynsey Macleod of Lybster Golf Club after her hole in one at the seventh hole during the Reay Mixed Open.

Lee Parnell continued his recent purple patch to win the gents’ August Medal after posting a blistering round of one-under-par 68 for nett 65. Birdies at the third, 10th and 14th helped him to win by a single shot from club captain Andy Bain.

Bain managed a brace of birdies at the eighth and 16th on his way to a fine round of 75 for nett 66. Gavin Gunn and Pete McCartney were next best after both posted solid rounds of nett 68, with Ian Ross finishing a further shot back on nett 69.

In the ladies’ August Medal Pam Bain prevailed after an excellent round of 75 for nett 65, with a birdie at the fourth helping her to the victory.

Lora Jane Kelly was next best after a fine round of nett 66, while Carol Paterson went on a birdie blitz at the fifth, sixth and seventh holes on the way to a round of 77 for nett 68 and third place.

Eleanor Tunn posted the lowest gross score of the day with a fine round of 74 which included no fewer than four birdies, at the second, fourth, 14th and 16th holes.

The action in the Summer Cup is heating up with John O’Brien topping the standings in round 12 with an impressive 42 points which included birdies at the 10th, 14th and 17th holes. David Ross matched O’Brien’s tally to finish in second place on countback, and he managed a solitary birdie at the ninth hole.

James Halliday also managed a birdie, with his coming at the 16th on his way to 40 points and third place. In the overall standings Halliday holds a slender lead with a six-round aggregate score of 216, ahead of Joe Wilson and Cammie Ross on 215, and John O’Brien on 214.

Pete McCartney topped the leaderboard following the latest round of the Senior Stableford with birdies at the 13th and 15th helping him to a round of 41 points. Jock Eunson was edged into second place on 40 points after he also managed two birdies, at the fifth and 14th.

Jack Johnstone, Willie Steven and Alex Anderson shared third place on 38 points.

After 10 rounds Alistair Gunn leads the overall standings on 376, with Stuart Greig and Fred Groves his nearest challengers on 357.

The action at Reay this weekend will see the gents competing in the latest round of the Summer Cup, while Thurso hosts its Ladies’ Open and Wick hosts its gents’ Old Pulteney Open.


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