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Sizzling inward 39 as Farquhar secures Senior Open at Reay Golf Club


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Ian Farquhar, winner of Reay Golf Club’s GG Mackay Senior Open, teeing off on the 14th hole.
Ian Farquhar, winner of Reay Golf Club’s GG Mackay Senior Open, teeing off on the 14th hole.

Another busy week at Reay has seen several competitions in both the women’s and men’s sections.

The Senior Open, sponsored by GG Mackay, was won by Ian Farquhar with a birdie at the sixth helping him to a winning score of 37 Stableford points. His halves of 43 and a sizzling inward 39 secured the victory by a single point.

David R Craig had to settle for second place on 36 points after a rollercoaster of a round which included four birdies, at the fifth, sixth, 16th and 18th holes. Malcolm Thomson and Willie Williamson took third and fourth respectively after they both finished on 35.

In the latest North Point Distillery Senior Stableford action Pete McCartney finished at the top of the standings after a birdie at the 15th helped him to a winning score of 37.

David R Craig secured his second runner-up spot of the week on 36 points, with a birdie at the 16th helping him to his tally. Jock Eunson and Colin Struthers were next best on 33, while Malcolm Thomson bagged the nearest-the-pin prize.

The men’s Banks Medal was a low-scoring affair, with Mike Halliday firing a spectacular round of 81 – made up of halves of 39 and 42 – for nett 63 to secure the silverware. David R Craig was once again the runner-up after a fine round of 81 gave him a nett 65.

A good performance on the back nine helped David A Craig to a round of 89 for nett 68 and third place. Gregor Munro bagged four birdies on his way to a round of 72, the best gross score of the day, one better than Brent Munro who bagged a brace of birdies at the 11th and 13th.

In the women’s section Alison Ross won round five of the Summer Stableford competition with an impressive score of 40 Stableford points following a fine round of 92.

A birdie at the fifth helped Nicola Campbell to second place on 37, a tally matched by Joy Fraser following a steady round. Birdies at the second and fifth helped Rebecca Munro to 36 points and fourth place.

Countback was required to determine the winner of the women’s Cnoc Stanger Trophy, with Jane Mackenzie pipping Sarah Meiklejohn after both finished on scores of nett 67. Pauline Craig finished a stroke further behind on nett 68, while Heather Campbell took fourth on nett 69.

This weekend sees Reay competing in an inter-club match against neighbours Thurso.

Malcolm Thomson (left) receives a bottle of rum courtesy of sponsor North Point Distillery from Mike Halliday for winning the nearest-the-pin prize in the latest round of the Senior Stableford.
Malcolm Thomson (left) receives a bottle of rum courtesy of sponsor North Point Distillery from Mike Halliday for winning the nearest-the-pin prize in the latest round of the Senior Stableford.

Thurso Golf Club ladies’ section had 22 competitors in the May Medal (May 15). The winner was Lyndsay Stott with a nett 69 and Laura Durrand was runner-up on nett 73.

The May Extra Medal (May 22) had an entry of 23 ladies. Gemma Innes won with a nett 63, with the runner-up spot going to Hilary Geddes (nett 65).

Seven pairs contested the ladies’ Coronation Pairs (May 28), a national competition. The winners, who will be heading south to play in the next round, are Alison Campbell and Jane Grant.


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