Golf: 125th anniversary year under way at Bute Golf Club

Jimmy Burnside, Bute Golf Club's honorary captain, got the club's 125th anniversary year under way at the scenic Kingarth course on Saturday.
Jimmy Burnside, Bute Golf Club's honorary captain, got the club's 125th anniversary year under way at the scenic Kingarth course on Saturday.

The celebrations for the 125th anniversary of Bute Golf Club got off to a flying start on Saturday as a new flag to mark the occasion was unfurled by club captain Frazer Robinson.

And 91-year-old Jimmy Burnside, the club’s honorary captain, really got the ball rolling when he played the first shot in the commemorative medal competition.

Using a Willie Auchterlonie hickory-shafted driver, manufactured at St Andrews in the same era as the founding of the club, the oldest member at Kingarth hit the ceremonial tee-shot in a fashion reminiscent of the 1970s when he won the championship on five successive occasions.

Jimmy first played the course more than 80 years ago, when he would cycle there from the smithy at Ettrick Bay, where he stayed with his aunt and uncle - and there were cheers from the gathering of members as he set in motion what promises to be a memorable season at Kingarth.

And another of the club’s veterans – Ian McDougall – had double cause to celebrate after taking the top award in the 125th Anniversary Medal which followed with a net score of 60, six shots clear of the field