Golf: Bute club champion leads way in cup battle

The battle for the Sir Harry Hope Cup at Bute Golf Club enters its final round this Saturday, May 3.
The battle for the Sir Harry Hope Cup at Bute Golf Club enters its final round this Saturday, May 3.

Bute Golf Club champion Robert McKirdy is poised to hit the trophy trail again this season after moving into pole position going into the third and final round of the Sir Harry Hope Cup tournament tomorrow (Saturday) at Kingarth.

The five-handicapper, who set a new club record last year when he won seven major trophies, including the title event for a fourth time, has a two-shot lead after the second round of the competition in which the best two scores count.

He showed no ill-effects from having undergone hip surgery during the winter months in returning scores from the first two rounds of net 65 and 68 for a 133 aggregate, placing him two shots clear of second-placed John Kernaghan on 135 (69, 66). Graham McArthur lies in third place on 136 (66, 70).

Kernaghan was the top scorer in last Saturday’s second round after an excellent net 66 playing off 13, while Richie More (10) leapt into runner-up spot on 67 after an impressive finish with birdies at the 17th and 18th.

Robert McKirdy also fired in successive birdies when he beat par with a three at the 11th and followed up at the 12th with the only two of the day to share third place with David Bryden (10) on 68.

Other leading scorers included Graeme Connor (12) and Graham McArthur (6) both on 70, and Richie Smith (19) and Steve Neilson (18) both 71.