Winds gusting up to 50mph blew any chance of an eleventh-hour challenge to Robert McKirdy’s dominance in Bute Golf Club’s Winter League on Saturday.
Only seven players braved the storm that swept the exposed Kingarth course throughout the final round of the stableford tournament – and McKirdy’s lead at the top of the table proved to be unassailable.
The victory gave the former club champion custody of the McArthur Cup for the first time with a tally of 325 points from eight counting rounds in the stableford tournament sponsored by Stephen Thomas of Optimize Financial Solutions, Ltd.
Six-handicapper McKirdy is a worthy winner of the trophy having led from the front throughout the competition. He was the man to catch at the top of the table from mid-December.
Saturday’s weather-hit round was no different as McKirdy led with 30 points, one clear of Graham McArthur (6) with Stuart Wilson (12) in third place with 28 points. Three players failed to complete 18 holes in the punishing conditions.
The final leading placings in the league are: R. McKirdy 325 points, L. Thomas 322, J. McBride 320, G. McArthur 317, S. Wilson 316, R. Smith 305, R. More 304, D. Speirs 303, D. Standaloft 301, D. Bryden 299, G. Bolton 295 and A. Docherty 295.
* The club’s summer programme – hopefully with a seasonal improvement in the weather – begins this weekend at Kingarth with the April medal tomorrow (Saturday) and the Easter medal on Monday.
Saturday’s competition will have the usual arrangements with an 8.30am ballot at the clubhouse while play on Monday can take place all day provided a partner has been arranged.
Members should note that annual subscriptions are now due and must be paid before participation in competitions.