Bute Golf Club: Leighton is new season’s first trophy winner

The James Lamont Quaich on April 9 was the first trophy competition of the new Bute Golf Club season.

The James Lamont Quaich on April 9 was the first trophy competition of the new Bute Golf Club season.

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Leighton Thomas shook off the runner-up tag of last year on Saturday when he won the first trophy tournament of the summer season at Bute Golf Club.

The 10-handicapper, who had to settle for second place in four silverware competitions at Kingarth in 2015, made a flying start to his 2016 campaign when he lifted the James Lamont Quaich.

Thomas returned the best scratch score of the round after a birdie three at the 18th gave him a gross tally of 72 for net 62 -- and a one-shot victory.

John McBride, winner of the trophy in 2014, took second place with net 63 playing off a handicap of 12, while David Bryden (11) was third on net 65. Other leading scorers were Jim Thom (11) 66, Robert McKirdy (6) 67, David Coll (12) and Stuart Wilson (14) both 70.

Andy Docherty and McBride scored the only twos of the day with birdies at the 12th hole. The competition scratch score was 64.

* Another trophy competition gets underway on Saturday when Richie Smith will begin the defence of the Sir Harry Hope Cup.

This medal tournament will be played over three rounds on consecutive weeks with the best two scores counting.

The usual ballot takes place at the clubhouse at 8.30am.