No luck required as Bolton wins 13th Rothesay title

GRAHAM BOLTON added his 13th Rothesay Golf Club championship title to his bulging trophy cabinet with victory over Rory McEwan in the 36-hole final on Saturday.

Bolton, who won his second Bute Golf Club championship crown earlier in the month, was only two up at the halfway mark of the final, but stretched away over the second round before the players finally shook hands on the 12th green.

Both players had won through to the final after closely-fought ties in the last four on Thursday evening, with Graham defeating George Reynolds, the other player to have dominated the club championship in recent years, by a margin of 3 and 2, while Rory overcame 2008 champion Gordon McClean, also at the 16th.

Rory was unable to repeat the form he showed in the quarter-final and semi-finals, but considering how little golf he has played recently it was a great achievement for him to reach the final, and he was far from disgraced against a player who is very hard to beat, whether over 18 or 36 holes.

The Atlantic Tankard final between Willie Glen and Ian Simpson wasn’t settled until the first extra hole; in a see-saw final, Ian was three up at the turn, but Willie turned it around over the back nine to be one up with two to play.

Ian won the 17th with a very good shot, only for Willie to hole an eight-foot putt to take the game to extra holes – and at the first additional hole, Ian’s second shot to six feet was enough to secure victory after Willie found the bunker.

Like the club championship, both players had battled through tough last four ties to reach the final, with Ian, last year’s runner-up, defeating Malcolm Brown by one hole and Willie holding off a late fightback by Hughie Charker to win at the first extra hole.

The Sunnidale Bowl final was slightly more one-sided, with Stevie Maher outplaying Robert Wood to win at the 12th hole and underline his status as the in-form player in division three.

Stevie had beaten George Gillies in the semi-final, gaining revenge for his defeat by the same player in the 2010 semi-final, while Robert beat Richard McIntyre at the 18th hole.

Rothesay’s second team were soundly beaten in their away match against Gourock on Sunday, but a good day was had by all in the travelling party in spite of the result.

* The fourth of Saturday’s championship finals saw Ryan McKirdy defeat Scott McAlister 3 and 2 to lift the junior title. Both players produced some excellent golf, with Scott putting in a fine effort against his stronger and slightly bigger opponent, but Ryan’s consistency was rewarded when he secured victory on the 16th green.

Junior practice sessions continue each Thursday evening at 6.30pm – these are open to all junior players, not just Rothesay members.