Mumpy’s Mates are up for Reay Safari challenge
The latest instalment of the Reay Safari Open saw seven teams do battle on a warm day with some excellent scoring. The event, sponsored by JF Nuclear and NDL Solutions, was played on a course in excellent condition with the greens drawing praise from the competitors following a summer of intense work to bring them back to their former glory.
In this unique event in the golfing calendar, players competed in teams of four over 36 holes with the best three nett scores in the morning and afternoon rounds counting towards the overall team score.
Round one saw Lee Malcolm, Leslie Malcolm, Ian Farquhar and Sandy Chisholm, collectively known as Right Hand Strong, take an early lead on 204. A sublime round of nett 64 from Lee Malcolm was backed up by a nett 67 from his father Leslie and a solid nett 73 from Farquhar.
Close behind in second place on 209 were the Mumpy’s Mates combination of Donald Mowat, David Mackay, Cammie Ross and John O’Brien. A brilliant nett 64 from Ross was backed up by a 67 from O’Brien and a 78 from Mackay.
The chasing pack was led by DICS – David Craig, Ian Ross, Colin Munro and Peterculter’s Simon Robb – on 215, and Freddie and the Dreamers, comprising Fred Groves, Alex Anderson, Mike Halliday and Evan Sutherland, on 216.
Tom Ross posted a great round of nett 66 to help his Weapons of Grass Destruction team-mates Ruari McCartney, Euan Munro and Wick’s Mark Mackay to a score of 219, and with only 20 shots separating the leaders from the last-placed team at the halfway point it was still all to play for in the afternoon.
The low scoring continued after lunch, with Lee Parnell posting the best score with a fine nett 65 which was backed up by a fine 68 by his Fore of the Roses team-mate Steve Efemey. Unfortunately fellow Roses Andrew Harper and wilted in the sunshine and they did not feature in the prizes.
Half-time leaders Right Hand Strong produced three solid rounds in the shape of a 71 from Farquhar and a pair of 72s from Chisholm and Leslie Malcolm to set the rest of the field a formidable target of 419 to beat.
However, Mumpy’s Mates showed they were up for the challenge and after a fine nett 68 from Mowat was backed up by a 69 from O’Brien and a 72 from Ross they had the honour of winning the coveted Safari Trophy for the first time with a winning tally of 418.
DICS finished a distant third on 419, helped greatly by a blistering round of 66 from Robb.
Tom Ross had the distinction of winning the Murray McGlasson Memorial Quaich awarded for the best individual nett score after his second-round 69 gave him an impressive winning total of 135.
The winning team were presented with the Safari Trophy by sponsor’s representative Stuart Munro, while Hilary McGlasson presented the individual quaich.