Golf: McKirdys share Bute’s end-of-season honours

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Bute Golf Club champion and vice-captain Jim McKirdy made light of the tricky conditions at Kingarth on Saturday to win the last medal of the season, for the James Lamont Quaich.

In spite of a strong northerly wind, interspersed with squalls, Jim returned two halves of 36 for a fine winning net score of 64 (72-8),

two ahead of runner-up John Kernaghan, with third-placed Leighton Thomas the best of three players on net 68.

One of those three, Robert McKirdy, did at least have the consolation of winning not one but two prizes on Saturday – the Alex Speirs Memorial Trophy, for the best six counting scores over the course of the year, and the Order of Merit title, compiled from all medal scores returned during the season.

In the former, Robert’s winning total of 383 was six better than runner-up Richie More, while in the latter he just held off a late challenge by John Kernaghan to take the title with 1,125 points – just two better off than the runner-up.

* For a full round-up from Bute Golf Club, see the new issue of The Buteman – on sale from Thursday, October 4.