Reay Golf Club: Final round in Summer Cup will be crucial
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With one round remaining in the race for glory in Reay Golf Club's Abbott Risk Consulting Summer Cup, several players are still in contention.
Round 13 saw Arran Johnson move up the overall standings after a superb round of 71 gross was good enough for a score of 40 Stableford points. A pair of birdies at the fifth and 18th proved crucial on the day, edging Steve Efemey into second place on countback after he also scored 40 points.
Efemey’s tally came from an excellent round of 76 which also included a brace of birdies, at the third and ninth holes.
Malcolm Thomson banked nine pars and nine bogeys to head a trio of players on 37 points, with David R Craig and Iain Dunnett matching his score. Craig had an excellent run of pars on the back nine to thank for his tally, while Dunnett managed a birdie at the 13th in a fine round of 75.
In the overall standings, a score of 35 saw Jason Norwood making the most significant move of the week and he now shares the overall lead with Andy Bain on a six-round aggregate score of 217. Jimmy Meiklejohn on 214 and Leslie Malcolm on 213 are the nearest challengers but there is still scope for someone to emerge from the chasing pack, making the 14th and final round crucial.
In the ladies' section Heather Campbell bagged the Quinlan Trophy courtesy of a fine nett 67 which saw her do her best work on a steady front nine.
A trio of threes at the fifth, ninth and 18th helped Alison Ross to second place after a round of 94 for nett 71, while Pam Bain birdied the second and fifth on her way to a round of 82 for nett 72 and third.
An excellent front nine set Pauline Craig up for a round of 91 for nett 73 and fourth place.
In the latest North Point Distillery Senior Stableford action, a strong finish helped Hugh Millar to 35 points and first place. Fred Groves had to settle for second on countback after also finishing on 35 points following a round of 84.
Kenny Farmer Snr had a birdie at the fifth on his way to 34 points and third, with a steady round from Willie Williamson helping him to 33 points and fourth.
In the overall standings John Brock leads the way on an eight-round aggregate score of 305 points, ahead of Jack Johnstone on 302, with Malcolm Thomson and Sandy Chisholm currently sharing third on 301.
The eagerly anticipated Safari Open, sponsored by Nuclear Decommissioning Ltd, had to be postponed due to the strong winds and heavy rain on Saturday, with a revised date of Saturday, September 23, now planned.
This weekend will see the gents vying for the Nuvia August Medal on Saturday and the Parry Trophy on Sunday, while the ladies will be competing in the inter-county competition at Royal Dornoch on Saturday.