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Parnell shows panache to win June Medal at Reay


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Willie Steven (right), winner of the recent ARC Open Stableford, being congratulated by Mike Halliday.
Willie Steven (right), winner of the recent ARC Open Stableford, being congratulated by Mike Halliday.

After the excitement of the NC500 Links Open, it was back to normal business at Reay with several club competitions played over the past week.

The gents' June Medal, which doubled up as a club championship qualifier, was won by Lee Parnell who showed his trademark panache during a round of 72 for nett 67 which included a brace of birdies, at the 10th and 12th holes.

Steve Efemey finished a stroke behind after a birdie at the tough second hole set him on his way to a round of 77 for nett 68.

Young Dylan Mackenzie continued his excellent progress, firing a round of 88, made up of halves of 45 and 43, to finish on nett 69. David R Craig is another player whose handicap continues to tumble, and he also posted a round of 88 for nett 69 to finish fourth on countback.

Brent Munro fired birdies at the sixth, seventh and 15th holes on his way to a round of 72 for nett 69 and fifth place.

The ladies' June Medal was bagged by Sarah Meiklejohn after a steady round of 83, made up of halves of 41 and 42, was good enough for an excellent nett 67. The margin of victory could have been even greater for Meiklejohn, who had a couple of bad holes at the sixth and 14th, but she is another player whose form and handicap are going in the right direction.

Colin Paterson putting on the ninth green during the June Medal at Reay.
Colin Paterson putting on the ninth green during the June Medal at Reay.

Second and third places were bagged by Jane Mackenzie and Lora Jane Kelly after both carded rounds of nett 70. Both have shown great form since becoming involved in the ever-growing ladies' section over the past couple of years, and undoubtedly have a few more podium places in their sights over the summer months.

Eileen Manson fired an excellent round of 79 for nett 70 to take fourth place, with an excellent birdie at the second hole providing the highlight of her round. The ever-steady Pam Bain shot a round of 81 for nett 71 to take fifth spot.

The nett standings in round two of the gents' strokeplay championship were dominated by Jack Johnstone, who fired a fine round of 88, made up of halves of 46 and 42, for an excellent nett 62.

Michael Smith carded the best scratch score of the day with a fabulous round of 67 which included birdies at the third, 14th and 18th holes, giving him a nett 65.

Lee Parnell birdied the 15th on his way to a round of 74 for nett 69 and third place in the nett standings. Andy Bain, with birdies at the second and 16th, and Donald Mowat were next best after both had rounds of nett 70.

In the latest action in the North Point Distillery senior Stableford competition, Sandy Chisholm finished top after a birdie at the 15th helped him to a winning score of 38 points. Kenny Farmer Snr and Willie Steven were next best on 35, with Billy Moore and Jock Eunson finishing a point further adrift after both posted scores of 34 points.

This Saturday sees the club hosting the Rotary Open for both ladies and gents, with the gents competing for the Ross Bogey on Sunday.


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