Bute Golf Club: Richie leads Kingarth cup contest

Richie Smith leads the way after two of the three rounds in Bute Golf Club's Sir Harry Hope Cup competition.
Richie Smith leads the way after two of the three rounds in Bute Golf Club's Sir Harry Hope Cup competition.

Richie Smith goes into the final round of Bute Golf Club’s Sir Harry Hope Cup competition with a five-shot advantage over the rest of the field.

The 21-handicapper followed his victory in the first round of the competition, in which the best two scores from three count towards each competitor’s total, with a second success on Saturday when he spread-eagled the field with net 64.

He left his nearest challenger a distant five shots behind after a strong performance which included a birdie three at the seventh.

But Smith, with returns of 67 and 64, will play in the final round on May 2 with a reduced handicap of 19, after his performance on Saturday earned him a two-shot cut.