Graeme leads the way in June Medal at Kingarth


Graeme Connor was in full flow on Saturday as he led the way in Bute Golf Club’s June Medal with a winning score of net 65.

The 13-handicapper sealed victory in Division 2 with a solid back-nine tally of 38 for a score of gross 78. Alex Nixon (25) and Richie Smith (20) shared second place on net scores of 70. Sandy Long (24) was two shots further adrift on 72.

David Bryden (11) took top spot in Division 1 when he edged Graham McArthur (7) into second place thanks to a better last six holes after both players finished on net 66. McArthur had the best scratch score of the day with 73.

Other leading returns in the division came from Leighton Thomas (9) 69, Jim Thom (9) 70, and Robert McKirdy (6) 72.

The solitary birdie two of the round was achieved by 24-handicapper Peter Martin at the 12th hole.. The competition scratch score was 66.

* Leighton Thomas broke the deadlock in the The Bike Shed Summer League last week when he won the fourth round of the nine-hole stableford tournament.

The nine-handicapper edged ahead of Stuart Wilson at the top of the table with a winning score of 19 points which took his overall tally to 57 from three counting rounds.

Thomas had one birdie -- at the fifth hole -- on his way to a nine-hole score of 36. Five players -- John Kernaghan, Cammy Middleton, Graeme Connor, Alan Donald, and Robert McKirdy -- shared second place with totals of 17 points.

The leading scorers with two rounds remaining to be played are: L. Thomas 57 points; S. Wilson 55; J. Kernaghan, J. McBride, and R. McKirdy, all 53; D. Speirs 49; M. Calder and S. Long, both 47; G. Connor, C. Cuthbert, and C. Middleton, all 45.

The final round of the competition will be played next Wednesday, July 6.

* Silverware is at stake on Saturday at the Kingarth course where members will compete for the St Blane’s Trophy. After the morning round of the competition the first tee will be reserved from 11.30am till 12.30 pm to accommodate a visiting party.

* The annual Mixed Competitions Day in aid of the Erskine charity will be held at Kingarth on Sunday when the first tee is reserved from 1.00pm till 2.00pm.

Teams for the Texas scramble competitions for the R. A. Pride Shield and the Kerrytonlia Cup are on display in the clubhouse.

Players should be at the course ready to tee-off at 1pm.