Jim wins McAlister Tankard at Kingarth

Jim Thom won the McAlister Tankard at Bute Golf Club recently.
Jim Thom won the McAlister Tankard at Bute Golf Club recently.

Accountant Jim Thom played the game of his life on Saturday when he cashed in by winning the McAlister Tankard in some style at Bute Golf Club.

The 11-handicapper was in outstanding form to record his best-ever score with a two-over-par 70 for net 59. The performance gave him a comfortable victory in the annual bogey competition after finishing eight-up.

The total was two strokes better than his previous record gross score of 72 which he achieved last year in the Firth of Clyde tournament at Kingarth.

Thom, who is also a member of Port Bannatyne GC, was the hero of the north-end club’s success in winning the “Wee Trophy” for a third time in four years. He was also awarded the D. L. Montgomery Trophy as leading net scorer.

He hardly put a foot wrong on his way to victory on Saturday in a round which included two birdies -- a two at the third hole and a three at the eighth -- plus 12 pars.

The in-form Leighton Thomas (9) had to settle for runner-up place for the second successive year after finishing five-up. The highlight of his round of gross 74 was an eagle two at the par four ninth hole where he sent his drive through the green and holed a chip-and-run second shot.

David Coll (12) earned third place on three up after covering the last eight holes in level par while Andy Docherty (7) and Robert McKirdy (6) shared fourth place on two up.

The competition scratch score was 65.

* Leighton Thomas and Stuart Wilson share the lead in the race for the Summer League Shield as the nine-hole stableford tournament, sponsored by David Kilpatrick of The Bike Shed, reached the halfway stage.

Both players are now locked at the top of the table on a total of 54 points apiece in the competition with three scores counting from six rounds.

Thomas and John McBride, who received three strokes and five strokes respectively, led the third round last week with scores of 21 points while Robert McBride (5) and Robert McKirdy (2) shared third place on 19 points.

Thomas had the best scratch score of the round on level-par 34 after a birdie three at the first which was offset by his only dropped shot at the second. McKirdy, who scored 35, had the only two of the day -- at the third hole.

Three of the leading players had handicap cuts: Thomas from 10 to nine, McKirdy from seven to six and John McBride from 13 to 12.

* Kingarth players are back in competitive action on Saturday in the June medal with the usual 8.30am ballot at the clubhouse. The Summer League continues next Wednesday when competitors should make their own playing arrangements.

* The annual Mixed Competitions Day takes place on Sunday week (July 3) when members will compete in Texas scramble format for the R. A. Pride Shield and the Kerrytonlia Cup. Intending players should add their names to the entry sheet on display in the clubhouse by Monday first at the latest.