Heavy rain wreaks havoc with Bute sport programme

Flooding at the Meadows in Rothesay on Monday, June 1 failed to clear in time for Bute Shinty Club's two home matches to take place five days later - with a cricket fixture and two golf tournaments also falling victim to the weather. (Pic - Vera McCabe)
Flooding at the Meadows in Rothesay on Monday, June 1 failed to clear in time for Bute Shinty Club's two home matches to take place five days later - with a cricket fixture and two golf tournaments also falling victim to the weather. (Pic - Vera McCabe)

Two major golf tournaments, a cricket fixture and a pair of shinty matches all fell victim to the decidedly un-summery weather which struck Bute at the weekend.

The highest-profile casualty of the conditions was the Firth of Clyde Trophy golf competition at Bute Golf Club’s Kingarth course - the first time in the club’s history that it was due to host the prestigious tournament.

Leading amateur players from 11 clubs were due to travel to Bute to play for the trophy in what is believed to be the oldest inter-club golf tournament in the world, but officials from the island’s oldest golf club had no alternative but to call off the competition in the face of forecasts for weekend gales and rain - and the temporary one-ferry system operated by CalMac.

The five-man team tournament, which involves 12 clubs from throughout the Clyde area, will now be held at a later date.

The other golf tournament to bite the dust at the weekend was Friday’s Robin Strong Memorial Trophy at Rothesay Golf Club, the climax of the annual visit to the island by the Ecclefechan Fusiliers golfing society, but this, too, fell victim to the bad weather which plagued the island throughout the week.

Elsewhere, Bute Shinty Club’s two home fixtures on Saturday - the second team against Oban Lorn, and the firsts against Strachur - were both called off after the Meadows was flooded by torrential rain earlier in the week.

Bute’s cricketers, too, were left kicking their heels after the cancellation of their WDCU league fixture at home to Hughenden.