Steven is top performer in Abbott Risk Consulting Open with 40-point haul
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Saturday saw Reay host the Abbott Risk Consulting Open, played to a Stableford format in dry and breezy conditions.
Top performer and winner was Willie Steven with an excellent haul of 40 points following a round of 80 made up of halves of 41 and 39.
Pauline Craig was edged into second place after amassing an impressive tally of 39 points following a round of 94 made up of matching halves of 47.
Alison Ross took third place on countback ahead of Andy Mowat after both scored 38 points. Ross’s tally came from a round of 92 made up of matching halves of 46, while Mowat birdied the sixth and eighth on his way to a round of 73 for fourth spot.
James Halliday took fifth place on 37 points.
The McVitie and Price Texas Pairs competition was a low-scoring affair, with Jacqui and Stuart Greig showing the rest of the field a clean pair of heels to win with an excellent score of nett 59. Their round of gross 68 included a hat-trick of birdies at the fifth, 14th and 16th holes.
Ian Farquhar and Grant Maxwell took second place on nett 62 following a round of 69 that included six birdies, six bogeys and six pars. David Mackay and Donald Mowat were third on countback on a nett score of 63 following a round of 70 that featured five birdies, including a remarkable run of birdies at the 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th holes.
Leslie Malcolm and Lee Malcolm took fourth place after they also carded a nett 63 following a round of 69 which included four birdies.
In the North Point Distillery Senior Stableford series, Colin Struthers mastered the windy conditions brilliantly to win with a score of 44 points, a birdie at the 14th helping him along the way.
Fred Groves also managed a solitary birdie at the 16th hole to finish in second place on countback on 39 points.
Sandy Chisholm took third after also scoring 39 points, with a birdie at the ninth hole boosting his score. Jack Johnstone and Willie Steven were next best on 37 points.
The ladies' McKenzie Cup attracted anther strong entry and Pauline Craig continued her rich vein of form to win with a score of 37 points, with a birdie at the 15th proving to be crucial in the final analysis.
Laura Bain and Joy Fraser were next best on 35 points after both produced solid rounds. Rebecca Munro recovered from a slow start to finish a point adrift on 34, a tally matched by Tricia Macdonald after a steady round.
Round two of the gents' Summer Cup saw Iain Dunnett and Donald Mowat finish at the top of the standings on 39 points.
Dunnett managed a single birdie at the sixth during a fine round of 73, while Mowat managed birdies at the seventh and 17th. Gavin Gunn also managed a brace of birdies, at the first and 11th, to finish third on 37 points, while Lee Malcolm also bagged two birdies, at the third and 12th, on his way to 36 points and fourth spot.
In the overall standings Donald Mowat has moved into an early lead on a two-round aggregate of 77 points, ahead of Lee Malcolm on 72, and Gavin Gunn and Lee Parnell who are both on 66.
This weekend sees the ladies competing in the summer Stableford competition and the Americas Cup, while the gents will be looking to bag the May Medal and Beinn Ratha Trophy.