Golf: Mixed competitions mark Bute club’s 125th birthday

Colin Cuthbert, Jane Gillies and Leighton Thomas, winners of the RA Pride Shield and Kerrytonlia Cup at Bute Golf Club's mixed competitions day on Sunday, August 8, pictured with just a few ladies and gents from the day's record entry.
Colin Cuthbert, Jane Gillies and Leighton Thomas, winners of the RA Pride Shield and Kerrytonlia Cup at Bute Golf Club's mixed competitions day on Sunday, August 8, pictured with just a few ladies and gents from the day's record entry.

The 125th anniversary year of Bute Golf Club reached a climax on Sunday with a celebratory Mixed Competitions Day at Kingarth.

Despite the mixed weather conditions scoring was low in the Texas scramble battles for the R.A. Pride Shield and the Kerrytonlia Cup, with Jane Gillies, Leighton Thomas and Colin Cuthbert pulling off an impressive double victory in the two nine-hole competitions, winning the first with a net score of 27.1 and the second with a net 28.1.

Also at Bute Golf Club this week, Cammy Middleton won the Sir Harry Hope Cup on Saturday without playing a shot as his 126 aggregate from the first two rounds of the tournament proved to be uncatchable for his main challengers.

The 11-handicapper, who was unable to compete in the third and final round, scored 62 and 64 in the competition with best two scores from three counting – and he finished two clear of Steve Neilson (18), Andy Docherty (10) and Richie More (9) all on 128 aggregates.

Club treasurer Sandy Long (21) cashed in on Saturday when he produced his best competitive score of net 60 which included an impressive birdie at the par-four fifth hole.

But the most spectacular golf of the day came from nine-handicapper Richie More, who finished in second place with net 61.

A run of four successive threes from the fifth propelled Richie to a superb outward nine of 32 on his way to a score of 70 to share the leading scratch spot with club champion Robert McKirdy.

Other leading returns came from Arthur Hunter (8) on 63, Robert McKirdy (5), who scored 65, and Ian McDougall (20), who posted a net 67.

* For more from Bute Golf Club - including a full report on Sunday’s mixed competitions day - see this week’s issue of The Buteman, on sale from Thursday, August 15.