Hogarth blitzes Esso Trophy field

STEWART HOGARTH returned one of the lowest net scores ever recorded on the Rothesay course on Saturday, winning the Esso Tiger Trophy with a net 56.

Stewart, winner of the third class club championship title last month, has been threatening a low score for some weeks, but went berserk on Saturday with a gross 75 which, less his handicap of 19, gave him a nine-shot margin over runner-up Tommy Duncan on 65 (72-7).

John Glen completed the podium places with a net 67 (76-9), while Alan MacDonald was fourth on 68 (81-13). Stewart’s winning score in the competition, which is sponsored by Roddy Shaw of Bute Motor Company, sees his handicap cut from 19 shots to 15 – but if he keeps playing the way he did on Saturday it’s sure to fall a lot further by the end of the season!

Sunday’s Firth of Clyde League match at home to Millport ended in a 2-2 draw, with holders Millport retaining the Graham Murray Cleek as a result – despite John Simpson’s suggestion that the outcome be decided by the result of the committee march, in which he and Stuart McKechnie defeated their Millport opponents.

The social team’s match away to Millport ended in a 4-2 defeat for the Rothesay players.

Stephen Reynolds posted a net 60 off his handicap of 16 to win the latest Friday evening medal, which turned out to be one of the busiest of the year so far, with 40 players taking part.

John Duncan’s run of good form continued with a net 63, which made him the clubhouse leader for most of the night until two late finishers secured the top two places – Reynolds with his gross 76 and Nicky Simmons, who carded a net 61 (72-11) for second spot.

This weekend’s action begins with a mixed Texas scramble on Friday, followed by an Italian supper – the competition has a 6pm shotgun start, and as a result there is no Friday medal this week.

Saturday is the social match between Rothesay and Troon, and Sunday is the final Firth of Clyde League fixture of the season, with Rothesay away to Largs; there will also be an extra medal at Rothesay. The Cyclops Bogey takes place on Wednesday, July 25.

Tee bookings this weekend are from 9.30-9.50am, 1-1.30pm and 2-2.20pm on Saturday.