The sunshine of Portugal played a significant role in the outcome of the latest fixtures in the Rothesay Motor Services Winter League at Port Bannatyne Golf Club on Sunday.
Several players who would normally have been involved in the quarter-final ties were instead enjoying the rival attractions of the Portuguese weather - and golf courses - with tournament sponsor David Reid, whose playing partner Mark Crichton was among those enjoying the warmer Iberian sunshine, chief among those who paid the price back home.
Reid was left to play solo against Jimmy Dunn and John Marshall in the Winter League quarter-finals, and found himself on the wrong end of a 5 and 4 defeat, while in the battle to avoid the dreaded wooden spoon, Arran Dunn and Joe Livingstone benefited from the absence of another pair of Portugal travellers, Frankie Lintermans and Mike Ivory.
The other quarter-final ties saw wins for Graham Fisher and Iain McFarlane over Colin Renfrew and Gordon Peacock, for Hector Whitelaw and Donald Standaloft against Sam Jamieson and David Driver, and for Liam Shanks and David Greer over Robert Jardine.
* For a full round-up of the latest golfing action from Port Bannatyne, make sure you don’t miss the March 11 issue of The Buteman.