Tough conditions for Bute golfers

Competitors in Bute Golf Club's August Medal had difficult weather conditions to contend with at the weekend.

Competitors in Bute Golf Club's August Medal had difficult weather conditions to contend with at the weekend.

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A brisk westerly wind created difficulties for competitors in Bute Golf Club's August Medal on Saturday when only one player matched the standard scratch score for the course.

Richie Smith, playing off 20, handled the conditions best when he returned net 65 for a six-shot victory in the Second Division. John Foley (14) was runner-up on 71 with Malcolm Calder (14) in third place on 77.

The First Division was led by Duncan Speirs (8) on 78 for net 70. David Bryden (11) and Robert McKirdy (6) shared second place on 71, with McKirdy recording the best scratch score of the day with 77.

The competition scratch score was 68 with reductions only.

* The Weldsafe Kingarth Open being hosted by Bute Golf Club on Sunday will be the climax to a busy weekend of open tournaments on the island.

Rothesay Golf Club tees off the action on Friday with their Seniors Open and follows up with the battle for the McLean Cup on Saturday.

The Kingarth event, with its first prize of a £100 voucher, was won last year by Allister Murray of Douglas Park Golf Club. Tee times will run from 8.00am till 2.00pm.

The tournament is again being generously sponsored by Past-Captain John Bunyan through his company of Weldsafe Ltd of Glasgow with additional prizes provided by Stephen Thomas of Optimize Financial Solutions, Ltd.

* Members of the Kingarth club will compete in an extra medal on Saturday with the usual 8.30am ballot at the clubhouse.

The programme of weekly nine-hole medals continues next Wednesday when competitors should make their own playing arrangements throughout the day.

Last week's William Barclay Trophy nine-hole competition for those members aged over 60 was not played because of weather conditions. The re-arranged event will now take place later in the month.