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Mowat at the double after making a welcome return to Reay

By Ali Morrison

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Some of Reay Golf Club's new lady members who were enjoying a practice session with their fellow beginners last Thursday night.
Some of Reay Golf Club's new lady members who were enjoying a practice session with their fellow beginners last Thursday night.

Andy Mowat has made a welcome return to Reay Golf Club this season, and he showed he had lost none of his previous magic by claiming not one but two prizes at the weekend.

First up on Saturday was the July Medal, which was played on a day of gusting winds and squally showers.

After double-bogeying the first two holes, Mowat could have been forgiven for thinking it was not going to be his day. However, he covered the remaining 16 holes in four over par, to card an excellent round of 77 for nett 70.

No fewer than five players finished a stroke adrift of Mowat on nett 71, with the NASA supercomputers required to determine the podium places.

Simon Harper got the nod to claim second place after a round of 78 which included birdies at the 14th and 15th holes.

Colin Munro took third place after his round of 79 which also included a brace of birdies at the third and 13th.

Mike Halliday finished fourth after a round of 89, with David Mackay fifth following a round of 82 which included a birdie at the 16th, and Stuart Greig took sixth after birdies at the third and 14th helped him to a round of 80.

The weather for the Sandside Challenge trophy was again breezy, but this did not deter Mowat who showed the rest of the field a clean pair of heels to post a winning score of 75 for nett 68. His halves of 38 and 37 included birdies at the 15th and 16th holes.

Kenny Farmer Jnr took second place on nett 72 after a round of 87. Simon Harper continued his good form of late to finish third on nett 74 after a round of 81.

In the ladies’ rescheduled April Medal, Laura Bain produced an excellent round of 87 for nett 68. Her halves of 42 and 45 included a fine birdie at the third.

Pam Bain had to settle for second place behind daughter Laura after a round of 82 for nett 71 which included a red-hot inward half of 37 shots.

Su Hawes was edged into third place on countback after she also posted a nett 71, courtesy of her round of 92.

Round five of the Jacobs Summer Cup saw David Mackay win by a distance after an excellent haul of 40 Stableford points. A round of 77, made up of steady halves of 39 and 38, was good enough to give him a six-point winning margin over the rest of the field.

A trio of players, Ian Ross, Andy Bain and James Swan, shared second place on 34 points.

As well as the competitive action on the course, the club has also welcomed several new members this year. The ladies’ section has seen its numbers receive a welcome boost and it has been running sessions on a Thursday night to introduce beginners to the game.

Anyone keen to join should contact the club via its Facebook or Twitter accounts.

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