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Single-hole victory for Reay team in Ulbster Cup final against Wick


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From left: Ulbster Cup finalists Gordie Steven, Alan Larnach (both Wick 'A'), Colin Paterson, Tom Ross, Brent Munro, Michael Smith (all Reay 'A'), Dougie Thorburn and Alan Forbes (Wick 'A').
From left: Ulbster Cup finalists Gordie Steven, Alan Larnach (both Wick 'A'), Colin Paterson, Tom Ross, Brent Munro, Michael Smith (all Reay 'A'), Dougie Thorburn and Alan Forbes (Wick 'A').

Reay hosted the Ulbster Cup at the weekend with each of the four Caithness clubs entering two teams of four players to play fourball matches in a series of knockout ties.

The quarter-finals saw each of the respective clubs’ "A" teams advancing. Lybster "A" defeated Lybster "B", Reay "A" overcame Thurso "B", Wick "A" beat Reay "B" and Thurso "A" defeated Wick "B".

In the semi-finals the Reay team made the most of their home advantage to defeat Lybster, while Wick overcame recently crowned Wilson Cup champions Thurso to reach the final.

The final was played on Sunday afternoon in strong winds and rain, but despite the difficult conditions some high-quality golf was to the fore. The destiny of the trophy was in the balance until the final holes, but in the end the Reay "A" team of Colin Paterson, Tom Ross, Brent Munro and Michael Smith defeated their Wick counterparts of Alan Larnach, Dougie Thorburn, Gordie Steven and Alan Forbes by a single hole.

In the seniors' section, the summer competitions came to an end as David R Craig won the final round of the Summer Stableford with an excellent haul of 37 points. Murdo Macdonald took second place on 36 points, with John Disbury third on 35.

Jack Johnstone and the in-form Jock Eunson were next best on 33 points apiece.

In the overall standings Alistair Gunn won category one of the Summer Stableford with an excellent 10-round aggregate score of 379. Stuart Greig finished second on 374, with Alex Anderson third on 366.

Category two was won by Peter Barker with a fine tally of 364, ahead of Jock Eunson on 358 and Jack Johnstone on 355.

In the seniors' Summer Eclectic, it was Colin Struthers who won with an excellent score of 60, with runner-up Sandy Chisholm finishing a point adrift on 61. Alex Anderson and Mike Halliday were next best on 63.

This weekend will see the start of the winter fixtures with the gents competing for the October Medal on Saturday, while on Sunday the first Alliance fixture of the year takes place at Thurso.


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