McKirdy on top form in Kingarth medal

Robert McKirdy enjoyed his best competitive round of the season in Saturday's medal at Bute Golf Club/
Robert McKirdy enjoyed his best competitive round of the season in Saturday's medal at Bute Golf Club/

Robert McKirdy returned to top form on Saturday when he led the first division in the medal at Bute Golf Club with a one-over-par 69.

Successive birdies at the eighth and ninth holes, plus a further sub-par score at the difficult fourth, helped the six-handicapper to a one-shot victory with a score of net 63.

It was McKirdy’s best competitive round of the season which resulted in a handicap cut to five.

Runner-up Graham McArthur (7) was also in impressive form, particularly over the first nine holes with an outward-half total of 33 including birdies at the third and seventh holes. He finished one shot adrift of McKirdy on net 64.

Several other players also made the most of the relatively calm conditions with Andy Docherty (8) and Stuart Wilson (12),sharing third place on net 66. Leighton Thomas (8) was also among the leaders on 68.

The second division was won by Richie Smith who took first place by the massive margin of 13 shots when he, too, was among the low scorers with net 61 playing off a handicap of 19. Alastair McFarlane (14) was a distant runner-up on net 74. Graham McArthur and Leighton Thomas each scored birdie two at the third hole.

The competition scratch score was 65.

* Nine-hole specialist Saunders Ross achieved his third victory of the season in the popular mid-week competition last Wednesday with a winning score of 19 stableford points receiving 12 shots.

Robert McBride (5) was in second place with a tally of 17 points while Leighton Thomas (3) was joint third with Jamie Campbell (13) after both players finished with 15 points.

* The competitive programme at Kingarth continues on Saturday with the September Medal when the usual 8.30am ballot will take place at the clubhouse.