Leighton wins annual medal at Bute Golf Club

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The annual medal, won last year by Andy Docherty, in support of the RNLI was played in sunny conditions at Kingarth last Saturday.

Leighton Thomas (12) returned to fine form with a net 61. He had a marvellous start to his gross 73, scoring 4, 3, 2 for the first three holes. In all Leighton scored 10 pars as well as the two birdies.

In second place was Arthur Hunter (8) with a net 64 (72-8). Arthur’s run of 7 pars was halted at the 8th and 9th holes where he scored bogeys, but birdies at the 11th and 15th brought him home in 35, for another very steady score.

Third was Graeme Connor (12) with 66 (78-12).Coming home in 37 strokes, Graeme birdied the 13th . Vice-captain Jim McKirdy (8) with 75-8 and Robert McKirdy (5) with 72-5 both scored 67 with Jim occupying 4th place by virtue of a better inward half, helped by a birdie at the 18th. Robert, who recorded birdies at the 5th, 9th and 12th holes, shared the best scratch score of the day of 72 with Arthur Hunter.

Twos were recorded by Leighton Thomas (3rd hole), Robert McKirdy (12th) and Arthur Hunter (15th). Arthur’s handicap is now 7 and Leighton’s 11.

Entry money for the competition will be boosted by the Club and forwarded as usual to the RNLI. Members are thanked for their support of this important charity.
* Eighteen players returned cards last Wednesday in the first of this season’s popular 9 hole medals. Four players scored 16 points with the countback placing Andy Docherty in first place, with Malcolm Calder 2nd, David Moffat 3rd and Leighton Thomas 4th.
No twos were recorded but David Moffat’s handicap is reduced to 17.
* Next Saturday’s competition is the May medal. The usual draw for partners is at the clubhouse at 8:30. Members intending to play in the M&M Trophy are reminded that the first round is at Port Bannatyne next Sunday, 5th May.