Golf round-up: Charker wins Learmonth Trophy at Rothesay

Hugh Charker lifted the Learmonth Trophy at Rothesay Golf Club on Saturday, capturing top spot ahead of Allan Lauchlan following a countback after both players returned net scores of 65.

The cruel nature of the game of golf was amply demonstrated by the fortunes of two players at that final hole; while Hughie scored a birdie two to win the competition, Gary Morrison took seven strokes and ended up finishing one shot back on net 66.

Colin Spear won the Gordon McKinley singles stableford competition on Sunday after setting the early pace with a score of 40 points, one ahead of Michael Murty, John Glen and the in-form Richard McIntyre, though Richard missed an opportunity to challenge for top spot after failing to score any points on the par-five 16th.

* John Black’s better inward half of gross 33 won him the RNLI Medal at Port Bannatyne on Saturday after both he and Alex Greer junior carded net scores of 64.

Jimmy Dunn, meanwhile, posted the best net score of the day in Sunday’s April medal with a net 63 (73-10).

That was enough to win Jimmy the first class section, while Tommy Wilkinson continued his winning ways to take the second class medal with a net 64 – if he keeps this up he will soon be back to a single figure handicap!

Donald Standaloft carded the best scratch score of the day on Sunday with a round of 71. The CSS on both Saturday and Sunday was 65.

* Harry Lloyd continued his recent run of good form at the weekend when he made a solid start to his defence of Bute Golf Club’s Sir Harry Hope Cup at Kingarth on Saturday.

After finishing in second place in the Winter League, the 10-handicapper followed up with a net 64 to lead the way after the first round of the tournament, though Graham McArthur (5), Robert McBride (13) and Richie Smith (17) were all hard on his heels thanks to net scores of 65; McArthur produced the best scratch score of the day with a two-over-par 70.

* More details on the week’s action at all three of Bute’s golf clubs in this week’s issue of The Buteman – on sale from Thursday, April 12.