A year of achievements was celebrated in style by members of Bute Golf Club on Sunday in a new-format 
annual presentation of awards at Kingarth Hotel.

Smiles of success: trophy winners at Bute Golf Club's presentation of awards.
Smiles of success: trophy winners at Bute Golf Club's presentation of awards.

Club members Donald Standaloft and Elaine Thom took pride of place at this prize luncheon by lifting the Gavin North Trophy and the Allison North Trophy respectively after their triumphs in the 2016 gents’ and ladies’ championships.

And for both players the victories completed impressive golfing “doubles” as they each had, in addition, won the equivalent title tournaments at Port Bannatyne Golf Club where they are also members.

For two-handicapper Standaloft, who beat Graham McArthur in the final, it was his fourth title success at Kingarth with the others coming in 2005, 2006 and 2009.

Thom took the ladies’ trophy for the first time with a final victory over defending champion Elizabeth Speirs. The triumph completed a memorable season that also included success in the ladies’ open at Clober Golf Club, Milngavie where, with partner Anna McComb, she lifted all the main awards for Bute.

It was also a successful year for Robert McKirdy, winner of the Order of Merit, Leighton Thomas who won four tournaments including the Kingarth Open, and double “major” winner John McBride following his victories in the “Wee Championship” for the Cuthbertson Cup and the match-play competition for the Baillie Cup.

For the ladies, championship runner-up Elizabeth Speirs had the consolation of winning three trophies during the season while other main victors included Jean Lyon, Helen Connell, Anna McComb, Liz Archibald and Cathy McKirdy.

The change from a prizegiving dinner to a Sunday luncheon proved to be highly successful with the function well supported by members.

Douglas Lyle, son of the Bute club captain, who is obviously following in “Big Dougie’s” entertaining footsteps, added to the enjoyment of a fun-filled afternoon by bringing to the island his hi-tech speed quiz.

The awards were presented by ladies’ captain Helen Martin and Andrina Lyle, wife of the captain, during a memorable afternoon in the Kingarth Hotel where hosts Maria and Simon and staff were thanked for their hospitality and an excellent meal.