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Harper makes up for lost time with medal victory at Reay


By Ali Morrison

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Supported by member Craig Macintosh, director of Highland Drones, Reay Golf Club initiated some aerial photography and filming of the course during the lockdown period. It is hoped the footage will showcase the course and Caithness in general. Picture: Craig Macintosh / Highland Drones
Supported by member Craig Macintosh, director of Highland Drones, Reay Golf Club initiated some aerial photography and filming of the course during the lockdown period. It is hoped the footage will showcase the course and Caithness in general. Picture: Craig Macintosh / Highland Drones

The golf season continues apace at Reay, although the delayed start to the season has led to some oddities in the fixture list, such as the April Medal being played in the sunshine of July.

One person who was unaffected by this paradox of space and time was Simon Harper, who edged out Lee Parnell to win the category one silverware after an excellent round of 76 for a nett score of 69.

His winning round was made up of halves of 39 and 37 and included a birdie at the ninth and a rare eagle two at the par-four 13th hole.

Parnell finished runner-up on countback after posting the lowest gross score of the day with a 74, also for nett 69. His halves of 36 and 38 included a brace of birdies, at the sixth and 15th holes.

Donald Mowat and Sandy Chisholm finished a stroke off the pace after both 12-handicappers carded rounds of 82 for nett 70.

Category two was a family affair, with Kenny Farmer jnr pipping his dad to take first place after a solid round of 85 for nett 71. Kenny snr finished two strokes adrift after his round of 91 was good enough for nett 73.

Alex Mackay, making a welcome return to the club this year, took third place on nett 74.

The May Medal was also played in July, although given the wind and rain competitors could have been forgiven if they thought it was February.

Category one was won by Colin Paterson with a round of 77 for nett 73, ahead of Donald Mowat who finished with a nett 77.

Category two saw a reversal of the result in the April Medal, with Kenny Farmer snr showing Kenny jnr how it is done after a nett 76 was good enough to take the spoils on countback.

The Pilkington Cup saw Jake Anderson make his first visit to the winners’ enclosure after a fine round of 87 gave him a nett 68. His halves of 47 and a blistering homeward 40 included a birdie at the 14th hole.

Runner-up Mike Halliday also produced his best golf on the inward half, coming back in 40 after an outward 46 for a nett 68. He also managed a solitary birdie, this time at the 15th.

Three players, Andy Bain, Michael Smith and Arran Johnson, shared third place after carding nett 69s. It was a particularly notable round for youngster Johnson who has been working hard on the practice area of late.

After an excellent outward half of 40, which included a birdie at the ninth, he faded slightly to come home in 47, but his form showed enough to suggest that there will be more low scores to come in the summer months.

The high scoring continued in round four of the Jacobs Summer Cup, with Colin Paterson continuing his fine start to the season to top the standings with an excellent haul of 39 points which included no fewer than four birdies - at the third, fifth, 15th and 18th holes.

A trio of players, Donald Mowat, Michael Smith and Alex Mackay, finished two points adrift on 37 points.

In the ladies’ section the July Medal was won by Carole Cameron who posted a solid round of 93 for nett 73. Laura Bain managed to bag a birdie at the first hole on the way to a round of 95 for nett 76 and second place.

Eleanor Tunn was edged into third place on countback after her round of 81, which included a birdie at the seventh, also gave her a nett 76.

Carol Paterson, who has had a string of second-place finishes in recent weeks, finally finished at the top of the standings in round two of the Summer Stableford competition with an excellent haul of 41 points. Her round of 77 was made up of halves of 39 and 38 and included a sublime eagle three at the par-five fourth and a birdie at the 17th.

Pam Bain claimed second place on 36 points after a steady round of 81, with Alison Ross completing the podium places with 34 points.



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