Form pair set up a thrilling finish

AN EXCITING finish looks in store for the Winter League at Rothesay Golf Club this Sunday after form pair Alan Laughlan and Stuart Strathie carded a massive 49 points in the penultimate round to retake the overall lead.

Alan and Stuart, who were picked out several weeks ago as the pair to watch in this season’s tournament, regained the overall advantage from George Reynolds and Allan Smith despite the latter pair scoring a very respectable 43 points.

Going into this weekend’s final round, the overall leaders have 346 points, four ahead of George and Allan; Alan and Stuart have been exceptionally consistent throughout the competition, with only one of their eight counting rounds being less than 40.

The scoring was very good on Sunday, with nine pairs scoring 40 points or better. Competition for third place on the overall leaderboard is very close – although Ivan Cowie and Michael Murty scored 43 points against the 45 of Ewan McTaggart and Jimmy Ewing, discards have allowed Ivan and Michael to move ahead of the latter pair by one point, 337 to 336.

Frank Lee and Richard McIntyre share fifth place on 332 points with Steven Maher and Charlie Sidebottom; the latter pair returned to form with 44 points on Sunday, four better than Frank and Richard.

Second place on Sunday was taken by Willie Glen and Gordon Shaw with 46 points, enough to haul them to within three points of the fifth placed pairs.

Twos were scored at the 13th by Jimmy Ewing and Ewan McTaggart and also by Alan Laughlan and Stuart Strathie.

Richard McIntyre was the winner of the singles league round on March 5, his 41-point haul just one better than John Glen in second place.

However, John’s score had a significant effect on the overall leaderboard, moving him five points clear of Mike Spear.

Michael Murty finished third on 39 points, a score good enough to move him into overall third place on 301; Bob Gemmell failed to improve on his total of 296, and now lies in fourth place, four ahead of Frank Lee.

No twos were scored, and the weather on March 12 was so poor that no players ventured out, so no scores were returned.

This Sunday, March 20, promises to be a very exciting final round in the Winter League pairs contest.

Competitors are reminded that there is an 11am shotgun start, and all players are asked to report to the clubhouse at 10.30am to be allocated their starting hole.