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Groves finds his groove again in Reay's Donald Campbell Open


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From left: Alex Anderson, Murdo Macdonald, Fred Groves and Jock Eunson prior to their rounds on Saturday.
From left: Alex Anderson, Murdo Macdonald, Fred Groves and Jock Eunson prior to their rounds on Saturday.

Saturday saw Reay host the Donald Campbell Open, once again sponsored by Nuvia.

Fred Groves has been in patchy form by his own high standards lately, but he found his groove again to shoot a fantastic round of 74 – matching his age – to win the silverware with an excellent score of nett 63. His halves of 38 and 36 included no fewer than three birdies, at the ninth, 10th and 18th holes.

Evan Sutherland finished in second place after setting the early target, a solid round of 79 made up of halves of 39 and 40 giving him a nett 68.

Alex Anderson matched Sutherland’s tally to take third place on countback after a round of 81 for 68, which included a birdie at the fifth.

Donald Mowat shot a round of 83 for nett 70 to take fourth, with Doug Mackenzie fifth after a round of 79 for nett 70.

Fred Groves (left) being congratulated by David Craig (Nuvia portfolio manager) after his win in the Donald Campbell Open sponsored by Nuvia.
Fred Groves (left) being congratulated by David Craig (Nuvia portfolio manager) after his win in the Donald Campbell Open sponsored by Nuvia.

In the ladies' Stuart Rosebowl, Nicola Campbell – one of many to join the club during lockdown – saw her hard work and perseverance pay off as she bagged the silverware with an excellent round of nett 68. A three at the ninth and a crucial four at the last hole proved decisive.

Sarah Meiklejohn, who has shown great consistency and some fine results over the season, finished second after a birdie at the fourth helped her to a round of 83 for nett 70.

Pauline Craig, another player in good form, fired halves of 44 and 50 for her nett 73 and third place.

A trio of players, Jacqui Greig, Alison Ross and Pam Bain, were next best on nett 74.

In the latest North Point Distillery Senior Stableford action, Willie Steven birdied the 16th on his way to a winning score of 39 points.

Donald Mowat birdied the 13th on his way to 37 points, a tally matched by Alex Anderson who also managed a birdie at the 17th hole. Jack Johnstone produced another steady round to also finish on 37.

In the overall North Point Distillery standings, Colin Struthers remains top of the Stableford scores with a six-round aggregate of 232, with Willie Steven, Mike Halliday and Jack Johnstone leading the chasing pack.

Donald Mowat (left), Andy Bain (centre) and Steve Efemey who played in the Donald Campbell Open at Reay.
Donald Mowat (left), Andy Bain (centre) and Steve Efemey who played in the Donald Campbell Open at Reay.

In the Eclectic competition Stuart Greig retains a slender lead ahead of Alex Anderson and Hugh Millar.

Round 11 of the gents' Summer Cup was won by Mike Halliday with a sublime score of 42 points which included a single birdie at the final hole.

Rodney Grant birdied the 14th on his way to 39 points, a tally matched by Iain Dunnett who managed birdies of his own at the fifth and seventh holes.

Lee Malcolm also managed a brace of birdies, at the third and seventh, on his way to a score of 38. Cammie Ross put together a solid round to score 37.

In the overall standings Jimmy Meiklejohn remains the man to catch on a six-round aggregate score of 215, with Lee Malcolm and Cammie Ross his nearest pursuers.

This Saturday sees the ladies in summer Stableford action, while the gents will vie for the August Medal. On Sunday the course hosts its Mixed Open.


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