Spectacular scoring as Reay summer season enters final few weeks
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There was plenty of action on the Reay course during the past week as the summer season enters its final few weeks in September.
The ladies were competing in the Medal Winners and Ball Sweep competition, and there was some spectacular scoring. Tricia Macdonald emerged as the winner following an excellent round of 81 which gave her a nett score of 65.
A spectacular outward half of 37, which included a birdie at the seventh, was followed by an inward 44 to secure victory by a single shot.
Eleanor Tunn took second place with a remarkable round of 68 for nett 66, matching the ladies' course record she set in August. Her halves of 35 and 33 included no fewer than five birdies, at the fourth, fifth, seventh, 12th and 15th holes.
Eilidh Paterson took third place after a round of 95 for nett 67, with an excellent outward half of 43 showing that there is definite potential for her handicap to come tumbling down over the next few weeks. Rebecca Munro birdied the 11th on her way to a solid round of 84 for nett 69, while Pam Bain also managed a birdie at the second hole on her way to a round of 79 for nett 69 and fifth place.
The gents' September Medal was a keenly fought affair with eight players finishing within a stroke of each other. After the countback calculations were completed, it was Ian Ross who got the nod, with a birdie at the 13th helping him to a round of 78 for nett 68.
Gavin Gunn finished second after his round of 77 was also good enough for nett 68, with Donald Mowat taking third on the same nett score after his round of 83.
Alex Anderson was the fourth player to post a nett 68, following a round of 82. Steve Efemey, Dylan Mackenzie, Doug Mackenzie and Brent Munro, who had the distinction of posting the best gross score of the day in the shape of a 71, all finished a stroke behind the winner on nett 69.
In the senior section it was a very profitable week for Graham Harness. First, Harness triumphed in the Caithness and Sutherland Seniors competition, winning the trophy for the best four nett scores over the course of the season, with fellow Reay member Alistair Gunn taking second place. These fine performances also helped Reay claim the team trophy.
Back on club business, Harness also won the latest round of the senior Stableford competition, birdieing the 13th and 18th holes on his way to 39 points.
Stuart Greig took second place on countback after birdies at the 14th and 15th helped him to a score of 39 points. Billy Moore managed a trio of threes during his round of 39 points to take third place.
Colin Struthers and Fred Groves finished two points adrift after both posted 37 points.
The Yellow Ball competition was won by the combined talents of David Mackay, Donald Mowat, Sandy Chisholm and Andy Bain.
This Saturday the gents will be competing for the Sandside Challenge Trophy, with the ladies playing in their season finale. On Sunday the club hosts an Open Scramble for teams of three players (gents, ladies or mixed teams).