Golf: Major upset in Rothesay championship battle

There was a major upset in the fight for the Rothesay Golf Club championship title when holder and 14-times winner Graham Bolton was knocked out at the quarter-final stage.

Bolton, who booked his place in the knockout stages with the second-best 36-hole score of the eight qualifiers, was all square with Tommy Duncan going into the last six holes of their tie, but the defending champion lost the next two holes - and despite pulling one back at the 17th, he was unable to level the tie, giving Duncan victory on the 18th green.

But Duncan’s own title hopes didn’t last much longer - he was beaten by Rory McEwan at the semi-final stage.

McEwan, who beat first team captain Michael Murty in the last eight, will line up against Tommy Reynolds in the final, which was due to have been played on Saturday but was washed out by heavy rain.

* More from Rothesay Golf Club in this week’s issue of The Buteman - on sale from Thursday, June 20.