Golf: Fisher leads way in truncated Port title qualifier

The knockout stages of the scratch and handicap championships at Port Bannatyne Golf Club take place this week.
The knockout stages of the scratch and handicap championships at Port Bannatyne Golf Club take place this week.

Graham Fisher led the way with a gross 68 in the club championship qualifiers at Port Bannatyne Golf Club on Sunday.

The torrential rain which fell later in the day on Saturday, leaving several greens unplayable and those who chose to play later in the day floundering in the awful conditions, meant that for the first time in memory, qualification for the knockout stages was based on players’ scores from only the one round, on Sunday.

Fisher’s 68 earned him a quarter-final tie against Ian Shaw, who went round in 78; the winner of that tie will play either Alec Greer junior or Donald Standaloft, both of whom posted gross scores of 74.

In the other half of the draw, reigning champion Stephen Renfrew, whose 72 earned him second place, will take on Neil MacLeod in the last eight, with the winner facing either Alastair Shaw or John Black, who returned scores of 73 and 77 respectively.

The quarter-final line-up in the handicap championship, for the Arthur Slack Trophy, is as followsnet qualifying scores in brackets): Pete Barnett (64) v Colin Renfrew (72), Robert Jardine (70) v Connor McClymont (71), Calum MacPhail (68) v Tommy Wilkinson (72), Sam Jamieson (70) v Hector Whitelaw (72).

The knockout stages take place during the course of this week, with both finals being played on Saturday. The first 18 holes of the club championship final will start on the first tee at 9am.

* More Port Bannatyne golfing news in this week’s issue of The Buteman - on sale from Thursday, July 17.