Duncan brings MacLean Cup back home

Rothesay Golf Club captain Kenny Thomson and winner John Duncan with MacLean Cup sponsors Elaine and John Mackirdy.
Rothesay Golf Club captain Kenny Thomson and winner John Duncan with MacLean Cup sponsors Elaine and John Mackirdy.

JOHN DUNCAN became the first ‘home’ player since Kenny Thomson in 2008 to win Rothesay Golf Club’s prestigious MacLean Cup when his net 63 earned him the trophy by a one-shot margin on Saturday.

Duncan, who had led the home club’s charge in the 2010 tournament as one of three players on net 65, improved by two shots this time around to take the top prize – despite playing conditions which could charitably be described as challenging, though the course stood up well to the buffeting it received from frequent heavy showers throughout the day.

The runner-up spot in this year’s competition, which was sponsored for the first time by local haulage firm John Mackirdy, went to one of the furthest-travelled participants, Oliver Morrison of Teign Valley Golf Club in Newton Abbot, Devon, while Inveraray captain Kenneth MacDougall – whose clubmate George Morrison won the trophy last year – was the best of four players tied on net 66, and took the last place on the podium as a result.

Knowledge of his home turf, meanwhile, proved crucial for Graham McArthur as he took the scratch prize with a round of 72, one ahead of Angus Murray and Robert McKirdy.

The nearest the pin prizes, all sponsored by the Electric Bakery, were won by Jim McKirdy at the eighth, Donald Standaloft at the 11th, Malcolm Brown at the 13th and captain Kenny Thomson at the 18th.