Golf: the weekly update from Bute’s three clubs

THE chasing pack is closing in on Bute Golf Club’s Winter League leader Stevie Neilson with just four rounts remaining.

James Lloyd led the charge on Saturday when he produced his finest round at Kingarth with a flawless three-under-par 65 for a score of 45 stableford points - improving his overall tally by eight and moving him into a share of third place in the table.

Last year’s winner, Leighton Thomas, also improved his position in second place to reduce the leeway to just two points behind Neilson - and there are now at least eight players within touching distance of the leader.

Meanwhile, birdies at the third and 18th helped Richie More to first place in the March medal on Sunday with a net score of 63 off a handicap of 10.

Malcolm Calder (12) was runner-up on 66, with John Kernaghan (12) in third place on 68. The CSS was 64.

* At Rothesay Richard McIntyre and Frank Lee climbed to third place in the Bike Shed Winter League pairs competition on Sunday after winning week 21 with a score of 46 points.

With leading pair George Reynolds and Allan Smith not in action, Craig Charker and Henry Tait took advantage by finishing second on the day to go level at the top with just two weeks to go.

* The last of the Winter League quarter-final places at Port Bannatyne were decided on Sunday in the final round of the competition’s qualifying stages.

The closest fight on the day was for the last League A qualifying places, which were occupied by Robert Jardine and David Beattie and by Jack Paterson and Jamie Jardine, even though the latter pair lost out to the former by a 2 and 1 margin.

For more from all three of Bute’s golf clubs, see this week’s issue of The Buteman - on sale from Thursday, March 8.