Teacher is top of the class at Reay Golf Club
Round one of the Dunnett Cup saw a number of low scores posted on the Reay links on Saturday. Top of the class was teacher Simon Harper, who posted a sublime round of 69 for a nett score of 63.
His halves of 35 and 34 included birdies at the sixth, 11th and 17th holes, with three bogeys at the first, third and 12th giving him a round of level par.
Connor Ross and Grant Maxwell are the nearest challengers going into the second and final round after both posted scores of nett 65. Ross managed one birdie at the 13th, with Maxwell claiming two birdies at the fourth and 11th.
Ian Farquhar and Ian Ross are also still in contention after scores of nett 66 and 67 respectively.
The George Couper Challenge also produced some good scoring, with Gavin Sutherland bagging his first silverware of the season thanks to a round of 70 for nett 67. His halves of 36 and 34 included a brace of birdies at the 14th and 15th holes.
Lee Parnell had to settle for second place after his round of 73 was good enough for a nett 68, with birdies at the sixth and ninth providing the highlights. John O’Brien, Simon Harper and Leslie Malcolm were the best of the rest after all three posted rounds of nett 71.
In the ladies' section Pam Bain bagged the April Medal thanks to a round of 89 for nett 78 in testing conditions. Her halves of 47 and 42 included a crucial birdie at the 16th, which helped seal victory by a single shot from Carole Cameron who posted a round of 98 for nett 79.
Maggie Fecitt completed the podium places, finishing in third spot.
Tricia Macdonald showed that carrying a full set of 14 clubs is overrated, as she posted a superb round of 88 for nett 71 in the 3-club competition. A birdie at the tricky 7th hole was the highlight of her round, with Maggie Fecitt taking second place ahead of Su Hawes by a single shot.
Tricia Macdonald maintained her fine early season form to top the standings in the first round of the Summer Stableford with a score of 34 points. Su Hawes finished second on 31 points, helped along the way by an excellent birdie at the fifth, with Ruth Shallcross finishing third on 30 points.
In the RJ McLeod Spring Open Scramble, the trio of Gavin Sutherland, Tom Ross and Michael Smith posted a winning score of 59.0 thanks to a blistering round of 62. Leslie Malcolm, Ian Farquhar and Grant Maxwell narrowly missed out with a score of 60.0 from a round 68. Lee Parnell, Steve Efemey and John O’Brien finished third after their round of 64 gave them a nett 60.2.