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Runaway victory for Paton in Reay medal event


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Jock Eunson teeing off at the fourth hole during the Reay gents' June Medal on Saturday.
Jock Eunson teeing off at the fourth hole during the Reay gents' June Medal on Saturday.

The recent sunny weather has seen large numbers of golfers flock to the fairways of Reay for the latest series of competitions.

In the gents' June Medal, Willie Paton secured a runaway victory after a fine round of 89 gave him a winning score of nett 60. Andy Bain birdied the fifth hole on his way to a round of 74 and second place with a nett 65.

Three players – Connor MacIntosh, Ian Ross and Dylan Mackenzie – were next best after all carded rounds of nett 66.

In the ladies' June Medal, Alison Ross emerged triumphant after an excellent round of 93 gave her a nett 68. Sarah Meiklejohn had to settle for second place after a birdie at the fourth helped her to a round of 87 for nett 69.

Pam Bain finished third on nett 70 after a solid round of 81, while Eleanor Tunn helped herself to birdies at the fourth, 13th and 14th on her way to a round of 75 for nett 71.

Pauline Craig celebrating her hole in one at the fifth at Reay Golf Club.
Pauline Craig celebrating her hole in one at the fifth at Reay Golf Club.

Alison Ross continued her rich vein of form to make it two wins in a week, after she also topped the standings in the Quinlan Spring Trophy when a solid round of 94 gave her a nett 69.

Pam Bain birdied the 17th on her way to a round of 82 for nett 71 and second place. Sarah Meiklejohn again made the podium places, this time finishing in third place after a round of 90 for nett 72.

Round one of the gents' strokeplay championship was a low-scoring affair, with Stuart Greig finishing in the lead after an excellent round of 75 for nett 64, with birdies at the sixth and 10th providing the highlights.

James Meiklejohn also managed a brace of birdies, at the 13th and 14th, on his way to a round of 74 for nett 65.

The main prize-winners from the recent NC500 Links Open – nett winner Sandy Chisholm (left) and scratch winner Dougie Thorburn. The event was co-hosted by Wick and Reay golf clubs.
The main prize-winners from the recent NC500 Links Open – nett winner Sandy Chisholm (left) and scratch winner Dougie Thorburn. The event was co-hosted by Wick and Reay golf clubs.

Michael Smith leads the scratch event after he posted an excellent round of 69 for nett 65, with a trio of birdies at the sixth, 14th and 15th holes helping him along the way. Steve Efemey and John O’Brien were next best after both posted rounds of nett 68.

In the latest round of the seniors' Stableford competition, Colin Struthers was the best in class with a fine tally of 36 points, ahead of Fred Groves on 35 and Jack Johnstone on 34.

Outwith the competitive action, Pauline Craig managed to secure the first hole in one of her golfing career this week by aceing the par-three fifth hole.

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