Golf: Cuthbertson’s strong finish wins Rothesay’s Winter Cup

RON CUTHBERTSON sneaked under the radar to win the Winter Cup at Rothesay on Saturday with scores of 61 and 65 in his last two rounds.

The final round of the competition was played on Saturday in conjunction with the Spring Handicap, and Ron’s net score, off a handicap of 17, was enough to win him the third division of the latter competition, making it two wins from the season’s first three medals.

Neil Ritchie won division one with a net 67 (73-6), while Gilbert McKay took the division two prize with a net score of 65 (75-10).

Meanwhile, the Rothesay social team’s first match of the season, at home to Inveraray on Sunday, ended in a draw, with both teams winning twice and the other two games being halved.

In the Rothesay ladies’ section, Helen MacLeod won the SLGA Brooch competition with a net 74 off her handicap of 22.

At Port Bannatyne, Mike Ivory remained steady in the face of a stiff breeze to win the Ardbeg Lodge Quaich on Saturday with a net 61 (78-17), four clear of his nearst challenger, Rory MacLeod.

Rory repeated his second place the following day in the Hector Linden Trophy qualifying competition; his net 66 was one adrift of the top qualifier, his brother Rory, but enough to push Alex Greer junior into third courtesy of the better inward half.

The last of the qualifiers is Calum MacPhail, who edged out David Driver, again on the better inward half, after both players returned net scores of 67.

The top performance by a Port golfer last weekend, though, was that of Stephen Renfrew in winning the Argyll and Bute Golf Union’s matchplay championship - the first Port Bannatyne player ever to win the title, and a fitting champion in the club’s centenary year (click on the link to the right of this article to read a full report on Stephen’s win).

* A birdie two at the 12th hole was the highlight of an excellent performance by Andy Docherty in Bute Golf Club’s Easter medal at Kingarth.

The 16-handicapper covered the back nine in three-over-par 37 for a net 64, five shots clear of nearest challengers Richie More, David Bryden and Graham McArthur.

More, James Lloyd and John Kernaghan were the top players in Saturday’s April medal with net scores of 65; Lloyd’s 70 was the best scratch score of the day.

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