BOBBY SPEIRS made an excellent job of preparing the Kingarth greens at first light on Saturday ... and proved it later as he putted his way to victory in the fifth round of the Winter League.
The greenkeeper’s short game was back to its best as he took full advantage of superb putting surfaces to record his top score of 41 points in the stableford tournament.
A birdie three at the ninth completed an outward-half of 22 points which paved the way to victory for the 15-handicapper as he finished one clear of nearest challenger John Kernaghan (12).
The highlight of Kernaghan’s round was an excellent birdie two at the third hole where competitors faced the intimidating challenge of playing from a new temporary tee on the shore. It was a feat matched by Graham McArthur on his inward nine, while Cammy Middleton had the other two of the day at the 15th.
Former winner Ian McDougall (21) finished in third place with 39 points which was good enough to take him to the top of the table while Malcolm Calder (12) and Robert McKirdy (6) shared fourth place on 38 points with Cammy Middleton (11) next, one point further behind.
The leading placings after five rounds in the competition, sponsored by Stephen Thomas Financial Services, are: I. McDougall 192 points, G. McArthur 189, J. Kernaghan 188, A. Docherty 178, R. Smith 175 and R. McKirdy 172.
The sixth round takes place tomorrow (Saturday), with the usual 8.30am ballot at the clubhouse.
Rothesay Bowling Club
Kindly sponsored by John McMillan, Greenan Mill, the flier was won by Myra Bommer, Jock McKirdy and Duncan Williams, each receiving steak pies. The second placed team, taking home breakfasts, was Julie Gilchrist, Mavis Knowles, Jim Miller and Stevie McDonald.
Gents players please note the club night has begun, and will be held on Monday evenings at 7pm. The ladies night will be on Wednesday afternoons at 2pm entries for Friday’s flier will be taken from 6.45-7.15pm.