Golfers brave the weather in Kingarth’s Winter League

Bute Golf Club's Winter League tournament takes place every Saturday until March at the club's Kingarth course.
Bute Golf Club's Winter League tournament takes place every Saturday until March at the club's Kingarth course.

Only eight competitors braved the wind and rain that swept the exposed Kingarth course last Saturday in the latest round of Bute Golf Club’s Winter League.

And this followed two weeks when play had to be cancelled as stormy weather continued to play havoc with the tournament.

League leader Robert McKirdy was the only player to complete every hole in the stableford competition as he finished with gross 72 for 37 points.

The five-handicapper shared first place with John Kernaghan (14) while Duncan Speirs (7), who had not played in the event since early November, was in third place with a creditable tally of 36 points.

Others who coped well with the difficult conditions were Stuart Wilson (13) and Leighton Thomas (9) who both scored 35 points.

There were no significant moves at the top of the table where McKirdy still leads with a total of 323 points from eight counting scores. The other leading contenders for the McArthur Cup are John McBride 313, Leighton Thomas 312, Graham McArthur 311, and Richie Smith 304.

Weather permitting, the tournament - sponsored by Stephen Thomas of Optimize Financial Solutions, Ltd. - continues on Saturday, January 31, with the usual 8.30am ballot at the clubhouse.