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Parnell is still the man to beat in Reay Winter Eclectic


By Ali Morrison


The winter golf season continues at Reay with some wet and windy conditions providing a stern test to players.

The February Medal was won with a fine nett 66 from Ryan Forbes courtesy of a round of 94. Donald Mowat produced a solid round of 81 to give him a nett 69 which was good enough for second place, with Cammie Ross completing the podium places after a round of 79 gave him a nett 72.

The conditions meant good scores were at a premium during round five of the Winter Eclectic with Kenny Farmer finishing at the top of the standings after a round of 89 was good enough for a nett 71.

Ian Farquhar and Sandy Chisholm both finished three shots adrift to share second on nett 74.

However, the top two in the overall Eclectic standings remain unchanged with Lee Parnell still the man to beat with a score of 63, two ahead of Andy Bain on 65.

With one round to go Ian Farquhar and Simon Harper on 68, and Sandy Chisholm on 69, look to be the only players with an outside chance of preventing one of the top two from winning the Eclectic Trophy.

Cammie Ross won round 11 of the Winter League Stableford with a solid haul of 37 points, ahead of John O’Brien on 35 and Sandy Chisholm on 32. Chisholm had the consolation of winning round 12, however, with a fine total of 37 points, with Kenny Farmer finishing a distant second on 30 and John O’Brien third on 27.

In the overall Stableford standings Simon Harper leads the way with a six-round aggregate score of 215, one ahead of Sandy Chisholm on 214. The rest of the chasing pack is headed by Kenny Farmer on 211 and John O’Brien on 210.

The club will hold its AGM at 7.30pm on Monday, March 9, in the clubhouse. All existing and prospective members are encouraged to attend.

Thurso Golf Club: On Tuesday it really was a spring day for the ninth round of the Thurso Golf Club Winter Eclectic. There was a brisk wind to make club selection more challenging.

After the first nine holes there was a three-way tie for the early lead. Peter Gilmour, Davie Calder and George Sanders were the frontrunners on 19 Stableford points.

Calder had scored at every hole, while both Gilmour and Sanders had started with an eight for zero points. One point behind was Donald Jack.

Calder continued to score at each of the inward nine holes and finished with a total of 33 points.

Despite a no-score at the 13th hole Gilmour reached a total of 34 points to win on the day.

Ronnie Gray took third place with 31 points, one ahead of last week’s winner, Ian Manson. Ronald Mackay, Clark Grant and Sanders were next best on the 29-point mark.



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