Golf: Bute’s Robert is on a roll

Bute Golf Club champion Robert McKirdy is an unlikely candidate to be associated with the flamboyant American Walter Hagen, but that thought could be in the minds of fellow competitors at Kingarth.

“Who’s gonna be runner-up?” was how Hagen reputedly greeted the opposition at tournaments in his heyday -- and inevitably it wasn’t him.

The unpretentious McKirdy is on a roll. Last Saturday he completed a run of three successive wins in club competitions with a victory in the Greenkeepers’ Benefit medal.

Over the previous eight days he had also won the McDougall Trophy and had the leading score in the fourth round of The Bike Shed Summer League.

And when you add his title-winning performance to that, plus success in the May and June medals, the five-handicapper is -- like Hagen -- beginning to look unbeatable!

A superb one-under-par 33 to the turn in the greenkeepers’ event set McKirdy up for the hat-trick of wins and he went on to finish with a score of 71 for net 66.

He was one shot clear of John McBride, another player on a run of good form. The 15-handicapper did well to score net 67 with Richie More (9) and Richie Smith (19) sharing third place on net 70.

The competition scratch score was 67.

*The latest Summer League result was: R. McKirdy (5) 39 points, J. McBride (15) and J. McKirdy (8), both 38, R. More (9) and I. McDougall (20), both 34.

The leading placings, with three scores counting, are: J. McBride 125, P. Martin and R. McKirdy both 123, L. Thomas 120 and J. McKirdy 119.

The final round of the tournament will be played next Thursday.

*The second round of the Sir Harry Hope Cup takes place tomorrow (Saturday) with Andy Docherty enjoying a first-round leading score of net 60. The usual ballot will be held at the clubhouse at 8.30am.