THERE’S a six-way battle for the three remaining places in the knockout stages of Port Bannatyne Golf Club’s Winter League going into this Sunday’s final qualifying round.
Jack Paterson and Jamie Jardine, currently in second place in League A, face fifth-placed Robert Jardine and David Beattie, while third top Graham Fisher and Ian McFarlane take on David Reid and David Driver, who have only an outside chance of qualifying from their current seventh position.
Also in the running are Bobby Cassidy and Jim McKirdy on the one hand and Colin Renfrew and Gordon Peacock on the other - those two pairs face each other in the last of Sunday’s crunch ties.
Five pairs have already qualified for the quarter-finals - Jim Muldoon and Liam Shanks from League A, and Harry Slaven and Ted McDonald, Mark Crichton and Francois Lintermans, Donald Standaloft and Calum Robertson and brothers Alec and David Greer in League B.
Meanwhile, in the Port’s junior Winter League, Matthew Dunn maintained his lead over the rest of the field with a 5 and 4 win over his brother Scott last Sunday.
At Rothesay, George Reynolds and Allan Smith notched up a remarkable fifth straight weekly win in surging to the top of the overall Winter League pairs leaderboard on Sunday, where they are now one clear of long-time leaders Craig Charker and Henry Tait.
Craig McKellar returned the highest score of the singles competition so far on Saturday with a tally of 44 points.
There’s a new overall leader, too, in Bute Golf Club’s Winter League at Kingarth in the shape of Rothesay harbourmaster Stevie Neilson, whose 44 stableford points on Saturday gave him an overall total of 320 for his eight best counting scores, four ahead of holder Leighton Thomas.