McBride leads fight for top spot at Kingarth

Only two strokes separate the best round of seven front-runners going into the final 18 holes of the Sir Harry Hope Cup tournament.
Only two strokes separate the best round of seven front-runners going into the final 18 holes of the Sir Harry Hope Cup tournament.

The scene is set for a closely-fought finale to the Sir Harry Hope Cup tournament at Bute Golf Club on Saturday.

Only two strokes separate the best round of seven front-runners going into the final 18 holes of the competition in which two scores from three count.

John McBride heads the challenge with a top return of 64 from the opening rounds. Graham McArthur, David Bryden, Pat McDonald and Steven Neilson are just one shot off the pace with scores of 65 while Leighton Thomas and Robert McKirdy are a further shot behind on 66.

After rounds one and two Neilson has the leading aggregate of net 130 (65, 65) but with one round remaining to be played it is a tally that can be caught by any one of the chasing pack.

Last Saturday’s second round was won by Bryden (11) on net 65. Thomas (9), McKirdy (6), and Neilson (17), all finished one shot further adrift.

Neilson at the third and McKirdy at the 12th had the only twos of the day while the competition scratch score was 64.

* The annual M&M Trophy tournament, played over the three island courses, gets underway at Rothesay on Sunday with the second round at Kingarth on Wednesday when play will begin at 8.30am with the last tee-off at 6.00pm. The final round will be played at Port Bannatyne on the following Sunday, May 8.