Around the courses in Bute

The latest news from the clubs
The latest news from the clubs

There was plenty of golfing action in and around Bute last weekend in what was perfect playing conditions.

Bute Golf Club

An outward-half score of level-par 34 set David Bryden up for victory in the fourth round of the Winter League at Bute Golf Club on Saturday.

The 11-handicapper birdied the ninth hole to offset a dropped shot at the sixth for a stableford tally of 24 points - and he kept it going on the back nine to finish with an overall score of 43 points.

John McBride (10) was edged into runner-up spot with a total of 42 points after a fine round which included birdies at the seventh and 18th holes.

Sandy Long (24) also produced his best performance of the tournament to finish in third place on 41 points having twice recorded pars at the difficult par-three sixth hole.

The other leading scorers were Jim Thom (10) on 39 points, Richie Smith (17) 38, Graeme Connor (13) and Peter Martin (26), both 37, and Leighton Thomas (9) 36.

The competition scratch score was 64 (40 stableford points).

The tournament, with the best eight scores counting, is sponsored by Stephen Thomas of Optimize Financial Solutions, Ltd.

New players are still welcome to join the competition on Saturday with the 8.30am ballot at the clubhouse.

The club’s annual presentation of prizes will this year take the form of a luncheon at Kingarth Hotel on Sunday, November 20 at 2pm.

Members, who are urged to support the club at this function, should contact hon secretary Frazer Robinson for tickets by telephoning (01700) 503091 or 07702607300 or by email at normanfrazerr@

Ladies section

On Friday, October 28, at the Esplanade Hotel an afternoon tea was held to present prizes for the summer fun league.

The winner was Jean Lyon, runner-up was Liz Archibald.

Elaine Thom received a reduction in her handicap.

Many thanks to Betty Wilson for organising the event and providing the tea and prizes.

The Winter Fun League Ballot times are as follows: Tuesdays and Fridays at 12.30pm, and Sundays at 1pm.

Port Bannatyne Golf Club

There are 16 teams competing in this year’s Rothesay Motor Services winter league tournament at Port Bannatyne.

There was a winning start for defending champions Liam Shanks and David Greer with a hard fought 2 up win over Alan Stewart and Jim Hinshelwood, proving they will again be hard to beat.

There are four new members this winter Roddie, Ryan and Matthew Leitch along with John Whitelaw.

They all found the going tough with first day defeats but are sure to find their feet in the weeks to come.

Results from League A in week one are as follows: Standaloft/Whitelaw bt Dunn/Marshall 1 up; Shaw/Jardine bt McKirdy/Whitelaw 6&4; Livingstone/McArthur bt Reid/ Crichton 4&3; Thom/McIntyre bt Ivory/Leitch 64.

League B, week one results are as follows: Shanks/Greer bt Stewart/Hinshelwood 2 up; Turnbull/Maltman bt Jamieson/Black 1 up; Webster/McPhail bt Leitch/Leitch 2 up; Lintermans/Dunn bt Dunn/Dunn 2 up.

The fixtures for week two on Sunday, November 6, are as follows: 8.30am Livingstone/McArthur v N McKirdy/J Whitelaw; 8.40am Turnbull/Maltman v Leitch/Leitch; 8.50am Dunn/Marshall v Reid/ Crichton; 9am Shanks/Greer v Webster/McPhail;

9.10am Shaw/Jardine v Thom/McIntyre; 9.20am Jamieson/Black v Dunn/Dunn; 9.30am Whitelaw/Standaloft v Ivory/ Leitch; 9.40am Stewart/Hinshelwood v Lintermans/Dunn.

Sunday’s October Medal saw Alex Greer Snr take the honours with a very tidy 66.

Rothesay Golf Club

The singles section of Rothesay Golf Club’s winter league was won by Michael Murty with 38 points on Saturday.

In joint second place were Ron Cuthbertson and Jim McClean on 37 points.

The pairs winter league on Sunday resulted in two pairs scoring 42 points.

Jason and Peter McKay won on count back from Bob (Bunker) McKechnie and Jimmy Ewing.

It was surreal to watch golfers walking off the 18th green in short sleeve shirts given it’s now November.

May the good weather continue but don’t bet on it.

No twos were scored at the 11th so this will be carried forward to next week.