Mackirdy captures Rothesay junior title

Podiium finishers at Rothesay Golf Club's junior open: from left, John Murray, Jack Mackirdy (scratch winner), Ryan McTaggart (handicap winner), Jordan Morrison and Ian Riddell.
Podiium finishers at Rothesay Golf Club's junior open: from left, John Murray, Jack Mackirdy (scratch winner), Ryan McTaggart (handicap winner), Jordan Morrison and Ian Riddell.

JACK MACKIRDY continued his fine run of recent form with victory in the scratch section of Rothesay Golf Club’s Junior Open on Wednesday.

Jack, fresh from his victory over many older and more experienced rivals in the Argyll and Bute Golf Union’s handicap championship, scored a superb 77 to take the scratch prize by three shots from his nearest rival, clubmate Ryan McKirdy.

The next three places on the scratch prize list were all filled by younger members at Port Bannatyne, underlining the growing stature of the junior section at the Port club; Jordan Morrison took third spot with a round of 82, beating Arran Dunn on to the podium by virtue of a better inward half, while Matthew Dunn was fifth on 83.

Meanwhile, players from the host club dominated the top places in the handicap section, which was won by Ryan McTaggart, who captured the trophy with a net 62 off his handicap of 36, leaving him one clear of the top mainland competitor, Ian Riddell of Skelmorlie Golf Club.

Rothesay’s John Murray took third place with a net 64, with Scott McAlister one shot further back in fourth and Euan McGregor taking fifth with a 66.

Matthew Dunn, Lewis Poole and Arran Dunn took the ‘nearest the pin’ prizes at the eighth, 11th and 13th holes respectively.

Rothesay vice-captain Jim Torrance, who presented the winners with their prizes at the close of play, thanked all those involved in organising the tournament, and praised the young players on the standard of golf shown.

Results as follows (players from Rothesay GC unless otherwise stated).

Scratch section: 1 J. Mackirdy 77; 2 R. McKirdy 80; 3 J. Morrison (Port Bannatyne) 82bih; 4 Arran Dunn (Port Bannatyne) 82; 5 Matthew Dunn (Port Bannatyne) 83.

Handicap section: 1 R. McTaggart 62 (36); 2 I. Riddell (Skelmorlie) 63 (20); 3 J. Murray 64 (33); 4 S. McAlister 65 (17); 5 E. McGregor 66 (21).