Golf: Neilson triumphs in thrilling league climax

STEVIE NEILSON celebrated his first ever trophy success at the weekend when he lifted the McArthur Cup after a triumphant final round of Bute Golf Club’s Winter League at Kingarth.

The 20-handicapper took the title by a single point in the most thrilling climax to the stableford tournament since it began more than 20 years ago.

Harry Lloyd (9), the leader going into the final round, faltered narrowly after a costly triple-bogey at the fifth; Neilson recovered in style from a quadruple-bogey eighth at the second, going on to post the day’s joint top score of 41 points alongside three-times winner John Kernaghan.

At Port Bannatyne, Tommy Wilkinson was a double winner, posting the lowest score in Saturday’s March medal and repeating the feat the following day in the first competition of the new season, the subscription medal on Sunday.

Wilkinson posted a net 63 (80-17) on Saturday to win the second class prize, and followed that with a net 65 the next day to lift the Peggy Adam Cup.

Saturday’s first class medal was won by David Greer, while Donald Standaloft took the scratch prize and then shared second place on Sunday with Neil MacLeod.

Richard McIntyre, meanwhile, posted the lowest score of the day in the subscription medal at Rothesay Golf Club on Sunday, lifting the third class prize in the process; the first and second class categories were won by Graham McArthur and Willie Glen respectively, in both cases after a countback.