Firth of Clyde individual honours go to Rothesay

Graham McArthur of Rothesay Golf Club pictured with the Turner Trophy, the prize for the best individual scratch score in the 2011 Firth of Clyde Trophy competition.

Graham McArthur of Rothesay Golf Club pictured with the Turner Trophy, the prize for the best individual scratch score in the 2011 Firth of Clyde Trophy competition.

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GRAHAM McARTHUR of Rothesay Golf Club won the individual prize at what is believed to be the oldest inter-club golf competition in the world – the Firth of Clyde Trophy – at Innellan recently.

Graham’s round of 68 gave him a two-shot margin of victory in the race for the Turner Trophy – a particularly notable achievement in the scratch competition in view of Graham’s current handicap of six shots.

Sadly Graham’s round wasn’t enough to win Rothesay the overall team prize – that went to Largs Kelburn – but it was nonetheless a moment to treasure both for Graham and his team-mates.

The Firth of Clyde Trophy is contested annually by members of the 11 clubs who together comprise the Associated Clubs of Clyde - Blairmore and Strone, Cowal, Gourock, Innellan, Rothesay and Skelmorlie (the six survivors from the assocation’s seven founder clubs) along with Millport, Largs Kelburn, Kyles of Bute, Largs Routenburn and Port Bannatyne.

The competition was first contested in 1899, and the last Bute team success was that of Port Bannatyne in 2007, the only time they have won the prize; the most recent of Rothesay’s 20 overall victories was in 2000.