Golf: Ryan rules in Rothesay’s Spring Handicap

Rothesay Golf Club's Spring Handicap competition was held on Saturday, April 9.
Rothesay Golf Club's Spring Handicap competition was held on Saturday, April 9.

Ryan McKirdy ‘Ruled the World’ on Grand National day when he won the Spring Handicap competition at Rothesay Golf Club on Saturday.

McKirdy’s gross 73 gave him a net score of 66, which was enough to beat young Alistair Shaw on a countback, ahead of Peter MacKay in third place on net 67.

Alistair was playing as a junior and therefore could not win the competition - though he did score one of the day’s only twos, Mike Dodds recording the other.

John Duncan took up the family mantle in Sunday’s postponed November medal, following up brother Tommy’s fine form of the previous weekend with victory in the first class section courtesy of a net 65 (71-6), beating another in-form player, Angus Murray, after a countback.

Stuart Robertson won the division two prize with a net 64 (77-13), one better than Hugh Charker and Ron Cuthbertson, while Jim McClean continued his excellent early-season form by returning a net 66 to win the division three honours.

Seven twos were recorded on Sunday - three of them by John Duncan, which is probably why he won the division one prize. The others were scored by Steve McDonald, Stuart Robertson, Tony Scott and Mike Dodds.

The continuing wet conditions mean a change to the fixture list for the next two weekends: the I. & T. Hood stableford will be played this Sunday, April 17, and the R. & J. Anderson Trophy will be played the following Sunday, April 24.

There will be an extra medal on Saturday, April 16.

While the ground is still wet it should be pointed out that the condition of the course is excellent - thanks once again to the greens staff and convener for the good work.

* In the junior section at Rothesay, Jack Reynolds underlined his status as clearly the superior player of the Rothesay Reynolds family when he won the Binnie Trophy on Sunday.

Jack’s excellent net 62 (79-17) featured a splendid two at the last, and saw Alistair Shaw again forced to settle for second place: he also scored a net 62 (68-6) in another exceptionally good round, but was beaten by Jack’s better inward half.

Well done to all the juniors who took part and thanks to the Torrance family for the trophy.