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Johnson takes top tally in Reay stableford competition

By John Davidson

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The latest on-course action at Reay saw players competing in the Split Stane Russian Stableford competition.

In this format, players competed for individual glory and also as a pair in the team event. Based on the stableford scoring system, the individual winner was determined by the highest points total, while in the team event the pairs' individual scores were multiplied together on a hole-by-hole basis to create the overall team score.

In the individual event, youngster Arran Johnson posted a superb tally of 43 points to blow away the rest of the field.

Johnson has been putting in long hours on the practice area, and his dedication paid off to great effect as he went round in a mere 79 for his winning score. As well as the silverware, Johnson secured a well-deserved handicap reduction, which is likely to be repeated soon given the form he has shown over the summer.

David Mackay (Jnr) is another player who has been practising hard recently, and his efforts were rewarded with second place courtesy of an excellent score of 40 points. Mackay is another whose handicap is expected to tumble over the coming weeks.

Lee Parnell took third place on 39 points, with Andy Bain and Donald Mowat sharing fourth place on 37.

In the team event, Andy Bain and Donald Mowat triumphed with a score of 82 points, narrowly defeating the father-and-son duo of David Mackay (Snr) and David Mackay (Jnr) on 81. Two pairs shared third place on a score of 76, with Arran Johnson and Evan Sutherland finishing alongside Lee Parnell and Steve Efemey.

In the Ladies August Ball Sweep, Laura Bain continued her fine summer on the course to win with an excellent score of 85 for nett 67. The highlights of her round were provided by birdies at the 5th and 13th holes.

Carol Paterson has had several second-place finishes over the summer and she racked up yet another one courtesy of a round of 83 for nett 71. Jacqui Grieg continued her fine form to take third place on nett 73.

The final round of the Jacobs Summer Cup was won by Donald Mowat with a score of 30 stableford points, but it was not enough to affect the overall standings with Lee Parnell once again bagging the Summer Cup trophy with a six-round nett aggregate score of 231.

Parnells’ counting rounds of 37, 37, 37, 38, 39 and a barnstorming 43 points were a testament to his consistency over the season and he will once again be the man to beat when the 2021 edition arrives.

Club champion Michael Smith gave Parnell a real run for his money to finish second on 230, with Tom Ross an excellent third on 225, a total matched by Cammie Ross. David Mackay (Snr) took fifth place on 224.

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