Golf: Docherty shrugs off windy conditions at Kingarth

Andy Docherty was the only player to break through the 40-point barrier in the latest round of Bute Golf Club’s Winter League at Kingarth on Saturday.

On a day when brisk winds made scoring difficult, despite the milder weather, 10-handicapper Docherty birdied the ninth to score 21 points to the turn and, despite the deteriorating weather, played steadily on the inward half to finish with a total of 41 points - four ahead of Bobby Speirs (15) in second place.

The chasing pack took advantage of the absence of Ian McDougall to close the gap on the overall leader – McDougall has 302 points, just one ahead of Graham McArthur, with John Kernaghan in third on 298 and Andy Docherty one further back after his strong showing on Saturday.

Competitors’ eight best scores over the course of the winter count towards the overall standings in the competition, which is sponsored by Stephen Thomas Financial Services.

* More from Bute Golf Club’s Winter League action in this week’s issue of The Buteman – on sale from December 13.