Golf: Standaloft leads Port title battle

DONALD STANDALOFT made the early running in the fight for the club championship at Port Bannatyne with rounds of 65 and 72 - but the fortunes of many of the contenders were determined by the very different playing conditions on Saturday and Sunday.

Many players’ hopes of qualifying were high after the opening round on Saturday, but were literally blown away by the difficult windy conditions 24 hours later.

Probably the biggest surprise was the difficulty of defending champion Jamie Jardine, who was left facing a play-off against John Black for the eighth and last qualifying place, both players having posted aggregate scores of 156, comprising rounds of 74 and 82.

Qualifying scores: 1 D. Standaloft 137 (65,72); 2 S. Renfrew 138 (66,72); 3 G. Dunn 146 (76,70); 4 L. Shanks 147 (77,73); 5 G. Fisher 152 (75,77); 6 A. Greer jnr 154 (78,76); 7 N. MacLeod 154 (69,85); 8 J. Jardine and J. Black, both 156 (74,82).

Arthur Slack Trophy (handicap championship) qualifiers: S. Jamieson net 136, J. Bicker 137, R. Jardine 138, J. Dunn 141, J. Muldoon 142, T. Wilkinson 144, J. Paterson 145.

The matchplay rounds of both the club and handicap championships are taking place throughout this week, and Saturday sees four finals on the course – the gents’ championship over 36 holes, and the men’s handicap, ladies’ and junior championship finals over 18.

The day’s play starts with the first round of the men’s championship, with the tee booked at 9am; all the others are at 1pm, with the tee booked from 1-2pm.

Yet another busy weekend at the Port continues on Sunday with the very popular Standaloft Greensomes Open, with tee-off times from 9am to 1.30pm.