Kingarth golfers gear up for Firth of Clyde Trophy

Bute Golf Club at Kingarth.
Bute Golf Club at Kingarth.

Bute Golf Club is preparing for a hectic eight-day period during which it will host three major tournaments at the nine-hole Kingarth course.

The action begins on Saturday, August 8, with the main event – the postponed Firth of Clyde Trophy competition which, in June, fell victim to gales, rain, and ferry problems.

The Weldsafe Kingarth Open follows on Sunday, while the second of the Associated Clubs of Clyde competitions will be held next Saturday when member clubs will compete in the handicap tournament for the “Wee Trophy”.

Leading amateur players from the West of Scotland will arrive on the island on Saturday first for the prestigious Firth of Clyde Trophy event involving 10 clubs … holders Skelmorlie, Rothesay, Port Bannatyne, Gourock, Millport, Largs, Innellan, Blairmore and Strone, Cowal, and Bute.

It is the first time that the competition, believed to be the oldest inter-club tournament in the world, has been held at Kingarth. It was first played in 1899 and, with the exception of the war years, it has been contested continuously since then.

Inaugural victors Rothesay have won the trophy on 21 occasions while Port Bannatyne, who were accepted for membership in 1972, have been victors four times including their club centenary success in 2012.

Now Bute Golf Club, who became members of the association in 2013, are bidding to join their island neighbours on the winners’ rostrum.

Argyll and Bute match-play champion Graham Bolton, who is also club title-holder at Kingarth, will lead the Bute team. He will be strongly supported by Donald Standaloft, Robert McKirdy, Graham McArthur and Duncan Speirs.

The five-man teams will play off scratch with the best three scores counting. The course will be closed to other players until 4.00pm on Saturday.