Narrow victory for Duncan at Kingarth

Duncan Speirs edged Jim Thom into second place in the recent medal competition at Bute Golf Club.
Duncan Speirs edged Jim Thom into second place in the recent medal competition at Bute Golf Club.

The medal played at Bute Golf Club on Saturday ended in a narrow victory for Duncan Speirs after the eight-handicapper edged Jim Thom (10) into second place with both players scoring net 70.

But the weather was the real winner as late-morning heavy rain sent more than a quarter of the field heading for premature shelter with no returns.

Of the other survivors David Bryden (11) was in third place on net 71 while Robert McKirdy (6) was one shot further adrift on 72.

* Peter Martin added a nine-hole victory to his run of successes this season when he led the field in last week's mid-week competition with a score of 16 points playing off a handicap of 11.

He was one point clear of Robert McBride (5) with Alan Donald (13) and Colin Cuthbert (12) sharing third place with scores of 14 points. Saunders Ross (12) and John McBride (4), who had the only two of the round at the third hole, were also among the leaders with returns of 13 points apiece.

* The competitive season at Kingarth continues on Saturday when an extra medal will be held with the usual 8.30am ballot at the clubhouse.

Also, the first tee will be reserved from 11.30am till 12.30pm to accommodate a visiting party.

* The final nine-hole medal of the season will be held next Wednesday when competitors should make their own playing arrangements throughout the day.