Docherty maintains high standard in winter league at Kingarth

Andy Docherty defied the elements as he powered his way to a remarkable winning score of 41 stableford points in Saturday's round of the Winter League at Bute Golf Club.
Andy Docherty defied the elements as he powered his way to a remarkable winning score of 41 stableford points in Saturday's round of the Winter League at Bute Golf Club.

Andy Docherty boosted his hopes of retaining the McArthur Cup with a resolute performance in last Saturday’s round of the Winter League at Bute Golf Club.

The nine-handicapper defied the elements as he powered his way to a remarkable winning score of 41 stableford points. Rain, propelled by winds gusting up to 50mph, lashed the exposed Kingarth course when Docherty battled to secure a birdie and two pars over the closing holes to emerge as a runaway leader in the tournament.

The Rothesay taxi-driver has now opened a gap of 12 points at the top of the table to come within seven points of his winning total last year. Saturday’s result gave him a six-point boost to lead the way with a tally of 321 points from eight counting scores. Graham McArthur, runner-up last time, is in second place with 309, while other leading competitors include David Bryden 304, John Kernaghan 295, Richie More 294, with Leighton Thomas and Richie Smith both on 289.

There had been no competition activity at Kingarth over the past two weeks as the weather continued to play havoc with the tournament -- but on Saturday nine golfers decided to brave the conditions. As the easterly gale intensified in the latter stages of the morning round trolleys were continuously being blown over as players struggled to keep their feet over shots.

* Read the full report from Bute Golf Club in this week’s Buteman - on sale from Thursday, February 13.