Title-holder Graham Bolton takes a one-shot lead into the second round of Bute Golf Club’s 36-hole championship qualifying event at Kingarth.
The scratch player, who has won the Gavin North Trophy on three previous occasions, scored a one-over-par 69 in the opening round of the stroke-play tournament last week.
Birdies at the fourth, ninth, 10th and 11th helped Bolton recover from an indifferent start when he dropped four shots over the first six holes. He finished one ahead of second-placed Donald Standaloft who returned a steady round of 70 which included 14 pars and a solitary birdie at the 18th.
Graham McArthur was in third place with six-over-par 74 after recovering from a poor start with birdies at the ninth, 14th, 17th and 18th holes.
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