Golf: ‘Americans’ win Ryder Cup at Rothesay

Rothesay Golf Club's Ryder Cup teams, with Hughie Charker's victorious Americans in red on the left and Craig Charker's vanquished Europeans on the right.
Rothesay Golf Club's Ryder Cup teams, with Hughie Charker's victorious Americans in red on the left and Craig Charker's vanquished Europeans on the right.

Scotland’s first Ryder Cup since 1973 may be nearly 12 months away - but that didn’t stop players at Rothesay Golf Club getting in to the spirit of the competition by holding their very own version of the event on Sunday.

In the Rothesay version, Hughie Charker captained his USA team to victory by 8½ points to 7½ against the ‘European’ side led by his brother Craig, with the winning skipper leading by example by teaming up with John Gilchrist to defeat Craig and his playing partner Kenny Thomson by a 3 and 2 margin.

Elsewhere at Rothesay Golf Club this weekend, Kenny Thomson posted the lowest net score of the day in the sixth and final round of the Winter Cup on Saturday, his net 63 securing top spot in division two by a three-shot margin ahead of Jimmy Ewing.

Neil Ritchie’s net 65 was the best division one score of the day, one clear of Allan Smith, while Colin Spear’s net 71 was the top score in division three.

* More from Rothesay Golf Club in the next issue of The Buteman - on sale on Thursday, October 3.