Golf: Allistair turns back the clock with Bute open win

Allistair Murray won Bute Golf Club's Kingarth Open prize on August 9. Pictured (L-R) are Bute GC honorary secretary Frazer Robinson, club captain Steve Neilson, Allistair Murray and Bute GC honorary treasurer Sandy Long, along with Allistair's sons Daniel and Euan.

Allistair Murray won Bute Golf Club's Kingarth Open prize on August 9. Pictured (L-R) are Bute GC honorary secretary Frazer Robinson, club captain Steve Neilson, Allistair Murray and Bute GC honorary treasurer Sandy Long, along with Allistair's sons Daniel and Euan.

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Former Rothesay Golf Club champion Allistair Murray turned the clock back 28 years on Sunday when he made a belated return to the winners’ rostrum after taking first place in the Weldsafe Kingarth Open at Bute Golf Club.

The 12-handicapper, who has not won a major trophy since his title success at the Canada Hill club in 1987, enjoyed a one-shot victory to win the Middleton Cup with a score of net 66.

Now a member at Douglas Park Golf Club in Bearsden, the 49-year-old finished one shot clear of the chasing pack at Kingarth, with Bute’s Robert McKirdy (6) and Graham Bolton (1) on net 67, along with former winner Gary Morrison (12) of Studley Wood in England.

Reigning Kingarth champion Bolton finished with a brace of birdies for a level-par score of 68 to win the scratch prize.

* Full report in the August 14 issue of The Buteman - on sale now.