Golf at Rothesay: Tommy is new season’s first winner

Rothesay Golf Club's new season began with the Gordon McKinley Trophy stableford competition on April 2.
Rothesay Golf Club's new season began with the Gordon McKinley Trophy stableford competition on April 2.

Tommy Duncan senior emerged from his ‘winter of discontent’ to take an easy win in the first competition of the new season at Rothesay Golf Club on Saturday.

Tommy has been on the operating table more often in the past year than Katie Price, but shrugged off the presence of a new hip and the absence of a gall bladder and a few other bits to cruise round the course in a par 69, equating to 44 points in the Gordon McKinley Trophy stableford competition.

That placed him two points ahead of a favourably-handicapped Gary Morrison.

Twos were scored by Michael Murty, Tommy Duncan, Ewan McTaggart and Gordon Shaw.

Graham McArthur won division one of the subscription medal on Sunday, taking top spot on a countback after he, Tommy Duncan senior (again!) and Angus Murray all returned net scores of 65.

Ron Cuthbertson followed up his success in the previous week’s March medal when he won the division two category with a net 67.

But the honour of the best net score of the day went to Jim McClean, who took the division three prize with a fine net score of 64.

Twos were scored by Graham McArthur and Allan Smith Jnr who had two. Congratulations to all the winners.

The junior medal was won by Alistair Shaw with a net score of 68 (74-6).

Both competitions were played in decidedly damp underfoot conditions - but given the wet weather that has plagued the course and the island in recent weeks, the course is in remarkably good condition and is really starting to take shape for the summer season. Thanks to the club’s greenkeeping staff for their good work.

This weekend at Rothesay features the Spring Handicap on Saturday and the postponed November medal on Sunday.