Arthur Hunter celebrated his return to competitive action at Bute Golf Club on Saturday by winning The Lord Kingarth Trophy in the annual stableford tournament.
Birdies at the seventh and 17th holes helped the seven-handicapper to victory when he finished with a tally of 42 points after a one-over-par round of 69. Hunter, who was playing in only his second competition of the season at Kingarth, was one point clear of runner-up Graeme White.
Nine-handicapper White was edged into second place despite a round containing four birdies, two of which came in a grandstand finish when he beat par at the 17th and 18th holes.
John McBride (13), Duncan Speirs (7) and Richie More (11) shared third place with all three scoring 39 points. Three twos were recorded by Graeme White and Stuart Wilson at the third and Richie Smith at the 12th hole.
* Leighton Thomas maintained his recent good form in the second round of the Summer League last week with the excellent tally of 44 stableford points. The 11-handicapper was one clear of Graham McArthur (6) who returned a superb gross score of one-under-par 67. Robert McBride (13) was in third place on 41 points while Stuart Wilson (15) was fourth on 40. Richie More impressed with twos at the sixth and 12 holes while Leighton Thomas scored a third two at the 15th hole.
The tournament, sponsored by David Kilpatrick of the Bike Shed, continues next Thursday when competitors should make their own playing arrangements.
* The annual bogey competition for the McAlister Tankard takes place tomorrow (Saturday) with the usual 8.30am ballot at the clubhouse. The presentation of awards for the Winter League, sponsored by Stephen Thomas of Optimize Financial Solutions, Ltd., will take pace at Kingarth Hotel at 1.00pm following the morning round.