Pat’s hat-trick at Kingarth

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Rothesay taxi-driver Pat McDonald was in cruise control for a third successive week at Bute Golf Club on Saturday when he completed an impressive hat-trick of victories.

McDonald, who has seen his handicap tumble from 21 to 15.5 since the start of the season, continued his run of excellent form when he added the prestigious Lord Kingarth Trophy to consecutive 18-hole medal wins. These successes were preceded by another victory for the player as he also won the April Medal.

Playing off a handicap of 18 on Saturday, McDonald shot a gross score of 81 for a stableford total of 41 points which saw him finish two clear of his nearest challenger.

A late charge from runner-up Graham McArthur, when he covered the last five holes in two under par for a 39-points’ tally, was not quite enough to catch the in-form McDonald. The seven-handicapper did have the best scratch score of the competition with 72 which included birdies at the ninth, 14th, and 17th holes.

David Bryden (11) was in third place after a score of gross 77 for a 38 points’ tally with birdies at the fifth, 10th, and 18th holes, while Jim Thom (10), who birdied the 14th, was fourth on 34 points.

Leighton Thomas and Stuart Wilson scored the only twos of the round -- both at the 12th hole.

* Stuart Wilson has made a flying start to The Bike Shed Summer League nine-hole stableford tournament generously sponsored by David Kilpatrick.

Wilson, receiving five strokes, added a second 20 points’ score to his opening round of the previous week. Steven Neilson (7) was in second place with 18 points, while Jamie Campbell (13), Colin Cuthbert (11), Leighton Thomas (3), and Malcolm Calder (5), all finished with totals of 17 points.

The competition, which has the best three scores counting from six rounds, continues over the next three Wednesdays until July 6.

* Kingarth golfers are back on the trophy trail on Saturday first when they will compete for the McAlister Tankard in the annual bogey competition. The usual ballot will take place at the clubhouse at 8.30am.

* Members and visitors should note that the course will be closed from 5.45pm on Friday (June 17) to accommodate a visiting party.