Golf at Rothesay: McArthur triumphs in Winter Cup

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Graham McArthur lifted the first silverware of the new season on Saturday with a four-score total of 274 after the sixth and final round of the Winter Cup, five shots ahead of runner-up Tommy Duncan.

The competition was played alongside the Spring Handicap, in which Peter Crawford and John Duncan tied at the top of division one on net 68, with Peter winning after a countback.

The two best scores of the day came in division two, in which Allan Laughlan and ‘Grampa’ Billy McFarlane, who was going for a double after winning last week’s subscription medal, tying on net 64. Both players reached the turn in 40, with Allan winning after a countback.

Division three was a little more clear-cut with David Coll winning by three shots courtesy of his net 69, with John Hogarth runner-up.

Four twos were scored on Saturday, the most impressive being Allan MacDonald’s eagle at the third.

George Reynolds secured victory in the Gordon McKinley singles stableford on Sunday with a score of 40 points.

Geo was out in level par 35, and on the back nine birdies at the tenth and 13th gave him a two-under-par round of 67 for a net 65.

Allan Smith was runner-up on 39 points, though he would have won on the better back nine had he not narrowly missed a putt on the last green. Iain McMurchie also scored 39 points, but was kicking himself after scoring only five points on the first four holes.

This weekend is the rearranged trip to Machrihanish Dunes; those travelling should note that the bus leaves the clubhouse at 8.10am on Saturday.
An extra medal will be played on Saturday for those not travelling to Kintyre.