Munro and Farmer take the honours in Reay's Ronnie Wallace Open
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Golfers at Reay were treated to another weekend of beautiful weather for the Ronnie Wallace Open sponsored by Norbloc on Saturday and the Parry Trophy on Sunday. With the course looking excellent, and the rough yet to fully bare its teeth, conditions were ideal for low scores.
In the Ronnie Wallace Open, Brent Munro, who has made a welcome return to the club this season, won the scratch trophy with a sublime round of 68 made up of halves of 35 and 33. His round of one under par included birdies at the sixth, 16th and 18th holes.
Munro also won the prize for nearest the pin with his tee shot finishing a mere 35cm from the hole.
Cammie Ross and Lee Parnell were next best in the scratch competition after both carded rounds of 72. Both players managed three birdies during their round, Ross bagging his at the sixth, ninth and 16th holes, while Parnell made his at the third, fifth and 14th.
In the handicap competition Kenny Farmer Snr posted the round of the day with a fantastic nett 63 courtesy of a round of 83. After a outward half of 43, Farmer came home in 40 to win the silverware by a margin of two shots.
Su Hawes finished second on nett 65 after a solid round of 92 made up of halves of 45 and 47.
Jordan Youngson bagged a brace of birdies at the 10th and 13th on his way to a round of 75 for nett 66 and third place. Fred Groves took fourth, also posting a nett 66 after a round of 78 which included a birdie at the 14th.
Pam Bain was edged into fifth on countback after she also carded a round of 78 for nett 66, with birdies at the 13th and 16th providing the highlights of her round.
In the Parry Trophy, Evan Sutherland produced a round of superb consistency with 16 pars and two bogeys giving him a score of 71 for nett 63 and a winning margin of four strokes.
Simon Harper finished runner-up after a round of 77 was good enough for nett 67, with a birdie at the 16th providing the highlight.
Lee Parnell completed the podium places after a solid round of 73 gave him a nett 69. Parnell bagged two birdies at the 11th and 15th holes.
The Ladies' Three-Club competition also saw some excellent scores recorded and may have left some of the competitors wondering if they should rationalise the number of clubs they carry for all competitions.
Tricia Macdonald took the win after an excellent round of 86 for nett 69. Carole Cameron was second on nett 73, with Carol Paterson finishing third after a birdie at the final hole helped her to a score of nett 74.
The latest Gents' Senior Stableford was also won by the in-form Evan Sutherland with an excellent haul of 43 points, and he was helped along the way with birdies at the 12th, 13th and 17th holes. John Brock birdied the 13th and 18th on his way to 40 points and second place, while Mike Halliday birdied the fifth as he compiled a round of 37 points for third place.
After running some successful "come and try" sessions for ladies, the club is also running coaching sessions for male beginners. The club's Facebook and Twitter pages provide further information.
Wick Golf Club ladies
Wick ladies have also been busy with competitions. For the winter season some of the Thurso ladies played at Wick and featured in prize lists.
Winter Eclectic: 1 Moira McBeath, nett 48; 2 Marion Mackay, nett 54; 3 Lyndsay Stott, nett 55; 4 Hannah McLean, 55.
Winter Stableford: 1eq Dee Macangus, Moira McBeath; 3 Hannah McLean; 4 Maureen Johnson.
Quatercentenary round one (April 18): 1 Morag Mackay, 93 (19) 74 BIH; 2 C McLeod, 91 (17) 74 BIH; 3 A Williamson, 94 (20) 74; 4 Dee Macangus, 84 (8) 76.
Poppy Brooch (April 25): 1 Morag Mackay, 38 pts; 2 M Johnson, 37 pts; 3 H McLean, 29 pts.