A long-awaited let-up in the wintry weather allowed the penultimate round of Winter League qualifying games to be played at Port Bannatyne Golf Club on Sunday.
David Reid and David Driver made sure of their place in the competition’s knockout stages with a comfortable 6 and 5 win over Calum MacPhail and Pete Barnett, and are likely to finish top of League A as a result, while the other qualifier will probably emerge from this Sunday’s final-round fixture between Colin Renfrew and Gordon Peacock, who currently lie second, and Jamie Jardine and Jack Paterson.
Following the withdrawal of two pairs from League B, Bobby Pedder and John Black lie top of the section with 11 points ahead of the father-and-son Alec Greers; both pairs’ scheduled opponents in this Sunday’s final round have pulled out of the competition, which means that Robert Jardine and Mark Crichton will have to retain their unbeaten record in their final game against Ian Shaw and Frankie Lintermans to have any chance of a quarter-final spot.
League C is the tightest of the lot, with the top two pairs scheduled to meet this Sunday, when Graham Fisher and Ian McFarlane take on Arran and Matthew Dunn; a defeat for either pair could yet see Hector Whitelaw and Donald Standaloft sneak in to the last eight.
* More golf news from Port Bannatyne in this week’s issue of The Buteman - on sale from Thursday, February 20.