Golf: derby spoils shared in Port league clash

THE honours were shared at Port Bannatyne on Sunday as the host club halved their Firth of Clyde League match at home to Rothesay.

Following some less-than-ideal morning weather, the afternoon turned out warm and fair, with all those involved going home relatively happy after a 2-2 draw, followed by a fantastic meal provided by Janey Jardine and a few refreshments afterwards.

The results on the day were as follows (Port players first): Steven Renfrew and Graham Dunn bt Steven McDonald and Graham McArthur 4 and 3; Graham Fisher and Ian McFarlane lost to George Reynolds and Jim McAlister 6 and 5; Jamie Jardine and Liam Shanks lost to Calum McKirdy and Angus Murray 5 and 3; David Reid and David Whitelaw bt Michael Murty and Gordon McClean 1 up.

In the committee match, the Port pairing of John Black and Jim Bicker beat Willie Glen and Ivan Cowie 5 and 4.

Meanwhile, Jim McKirdy had the best score of the day in the July medal, taking the first class honours with a net 60.

Liam Shanks’ gross 72 was good enough for the scratch medal, while Bob Sutherland took the second class category with a net 62 (82-20).

Liam Shanks had the only two of the day, at the fourth hole; the CSS was 65.

Sadly the dreadful weather put paid to the second mixed scramble of the season, the C. & J. Gordon Trophy, on Friday night – but the cancellation didn’t stop the club’s party-goers enjoying the evening’s buffet and refreshments, golf or no golf!

Finally this week, congratulations to Tommy Wilkinson, who won the John Hebditch Cup last Tuesday at the seniors’ outing at Skelmorlie.

* This weekend is another busy one at the Port, with the MacLeod Homes Port Open on Saturday and the Centenary Past Captains’ Scramble on Sunday.