Golf: Fantastic four brave worst of Kingarth weather

Only four hardy competitors braved the weather to take part in the latest round of Bute Golf Club's Winter League at Kingarth on December 14.
Only four hardy competitors braved the weather to take part in the latest round of Bute Golf Club's Winter League at Kingarth on December 14.

Only four die-hards weathered with worst of Saturday’s storms to compete in the latest round of Bute Golf Club’s Winter League - and all but one managed to register counting scores.

The intrepid quartet of John Kernaghan, Richie Smith, Leighton Thomas, and John McBride had to battle against a rainstorm with winds gusting to around 50mph as it whipped the exposed seaside course.

And it was Kernaghan who emerged victorious as he amassed the creditable score of 34 stableford points with 21 scored on the outward half when, for most of the time, players had only high winds to contend with.

The rain swept in on the back nine where the 12-handicapper could add only a further 13 points - enough to take him into third place in the league table with a tally of 290 from eight counting scores.

Smith (19) secured second place in Saturday’s round with 31 points while Leighton Thomas (11) was third, two points further adrift. Thomas achieved the only birdie of the day with an excellent three at the ninth, and despite the worsening weather conditions, finished strongly with a trio of par scores.

Andy Docherty is still a comfortable leader at the top of the table with 315 points from his best eight rounds with Graham McArthur in second place on 302. The other leading scorers are Kernaghan 290, Smith 287, and Richie More 284.