Golf: Golfers brave windswept course at Kingarth

Seven golfers braved the windswept course at Kingarth on Saturday in the latest round of Bute Golf Club's winter league.
Seven golfers braved the windswept course at Kingarth on Saturday in the latest round of Bute Golf Club's winter league.

The continuing bleak weather took its toll again at Kingarth on Saturday as only seven competitors in Bute Golf Club’s Winter League braved an early-morning frost followed by a bitter northerly wind.

Unsurprisingly there was no change at the top of the table with none of the main challengers for the title able to improve on his overall total from eight counting rounds.

There was some consolation for John Kernaghan (16) who, on Saturday, led the scoring with Leighton Thomas (9) on 35 points as this enabled him to move up to 11th in the table. Thomas did well in the conditions to return the leading scratch score of 78.

Twenty-three handicapper Sandy Long’s score of 34 points secured third place while Peter Martin had the only two of the round when he chipped in for a birdie at the third hole.

The competition scratch score was 68 (36 stableford points).

The leading league placings are: Robert McKirdy 310 points, Peter Martin 306, Graham McArthur 304, Sandy Long 302, David Bryden 300, and Leighton Thomas 298.

Hopefully there will be an improvement in the weather for the next round of the tournament sponsored by Stephen Thomas of Optimize Financial Solutions, Ltd. It will take place on Saturday with the usual 8.30am ballot at the clubhouse.