Golf: Speirs extends good run of form

DUNCAN SPEIRS could be forgiven for thinking that golfing life begins at 50 after finding his best form in years on joining the ranks of the game’s senior players.

Hard on the heels of his first open tournament success, on his debut appearance in Bute Golf Club’s seniors’ event last month, Speirs - who turned 50 only in March - has added two successive victories in the past week to what is becoming a vintage year for the six-handicapper.

Speirs moved into pole position in the race for the prestigious Sir Harry Hope Cup on Saturday with another superb performance which saw him edge ahead of three challengers when he rolled in a birdie putt on the 18th green for a net 63 in the second round of the trophy tournament.

With one round remaining Speirs now tops the Sir Harry Hope table with a tally of 129 (63, 66) after 36 holes of the competition, in which the best two rounds from three count.

Other leading contenders include John Kernaghan on 130 (63, 67), Stevie Neilson 132 (63, 69), Richie More 133 (66, 67), David Bryden 134 (63, 71), and Leighton Thomas 135 (67, 68).