Reay's New Year Team Scramble is low-scoring affair
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There was plenty of action at Reay Golf Club over the festive period, with a number of competitions held on the course.
In the Christmas Open, it was Willie Paton who mastered the cold conditions the best to post a winning nett score of 67 courtesy of a round of 89 made up of steady halves of 44 and 45.
Wayne Mowat took second place on countback ahead of John Nicolson after both players posted matching rounds of 77 for nett 68, a birdie from Mowat at the final hole proving crucial in the final analysis. Nicolson also managed a solitary birdie during his round at the long 14th hole.
Steven Osborne took fourth place on nett 69 after a round of 80, with a birdie at the 12th hole providing the highlight.
Pete McCartney finished fifth on nett 69 after a round of 82 made up of halves of 41.
The lowest gross score of the day was carded by Michael Smith, with birdies at the 14th and 16th holes helping him on the way to a round of 75.
Angela Williamson of Thurso posted the best round of the day in the ladies' section after a round of nett 72 which included a birdie at the fifth hole.
The New Year Team Scramble was a low-scoring affair, with Brent Munro, Michael Smith and Gavin Sutherland winning on countback after a blistering round of 63 for nett 62. Twelve pars and birdies at the sixth, seventh, 10th, 13th, 14th and 17th holes were enough to secure the win ahead of another two teams.
Andy Mowat, Jason Norwood and Carol Paterson took second place on countback after a round of 66 for nett 62 which included five birdies, two bogeys and 11 pars.
Bruce Mackay, John O’Brien and Mollie O’Brien finished third, also on nett 62, after a round of 66 – bagging birdies at the fourth, fifth, sixth and 14th holes in the process. Three teams finished on nett 63, emphasising the low scoring on the day.
In the seniors' section, Kenny Farmer Snr won the latest round of the Winter Stableford competition with a score of 37 points, with a birdie at the 15th helping him along the way. Kenny Farmer Jnr and Alex Anderson took second place on 31 points.
In the overall standings Kenny Farmer Snr leads the way on a six-round aggregate score of 214, ahead of Malcolm Thomson on 213 and Fred Groves and Murdo Macdonald who both lie on 210.
Meanwhile, in the latest round of the Senior Stableford competition, it was Kenny Farmer Jnr who topped the standings with a score of 37 points following a round of 81. Malcolm Thomson and Fred Groves shared second place on 36 points.
In the overall standings Thomson leads the way with an eclectic score of 68, ahead of Pete McCartney on 70 and Sandy Chisholm on 71.