Frosty start for Bute golfers

THERE was cold comfort for Winter League competitors who encountered the additional hazard of early-morning frost which blanketed the Kingarth course on Saturday.

Scores in the stableford tournament were poor compared with recent rounds as players struggled to cope with the challenging conditions.

Just three competitors managed to achieve more than 30 points with David Bryden (10) leading the way on 37. Robert McBride (13) and Sandy Long (21) also did well to finish on 34 and 33 respectively.

Other leading scorers, Bobby Speirs (15), Robert McKirdy (5), Graham McArthur (5), Leighton Thomas (12) and Richie Smith (17), were all frozen out with 30 points apiece.

Only two birdies were recorded on a difficult day with Bryden and McKirdy both beating par with twos at the 12th.

The top of the leader board, with the best eight scores counting, remains virtually unchanged with Ian McDougall in pole position on 302 points, John Kernaghan 295, Robert McKirdy 288, Richie Smith 286, Andy Docherty 284 and Bobby Speirs 280.

The tournament, sponsored by Stephen Thomas Financial Services, continues on Saturday with the usual 8.30am ballot at the clubhouse.