Speaking to the players who turned out for a medal round last Saturday to show appreciation of Bute Golf Club’s greenkeepers, captain Steve Neilson referred to their excellent work on the course.
This season has seen much improvement of greens, re-aligning of fairways and creation of bunkers, a water hazard and a turf nursery. Further work is in progress on the tees.
The captain stated that the club’s committee of management will continue to support the staff in the development of the course.
John McBride took first place in the competition with a net 64 (75-11), made up of halves of 39 and 36. John’s round contained five 3s, including a birdie at the 5th.
In second place with a net 65 was Robert McKirdy, who had the best gross score of the day, 71, by a considerable margin. Robert had two birdies, at the 3rd and 10th holes. Third place was occupied by Richie More with a net 66 (77-11). A highlight of his round was a birdie 3 at the 8th hole.
Good scores of 67 were also returned by Leighton Thomas (78-11) and Graeme White (77-10), by John Kernaghan with 68 (81-13), and by Captain Steve Neilson with 69 (87-18) and Stuart Wilson with the same net 69 (83-14).
A welcome returnee to the course was ex vice-captain and long-time handicap convener Jim McKirdy. His card featured three 3s and ten 4s, with only a few signs of rustiness.
The CSS for the day was 65. Robert McKirdy and Graeme White scored 2s at the 3rd hole, as did Leighton Thomas at the 12th.
Saturday’s competition is the annual medal for the committee prizes. The ballot for playing partners is at the usual time though members may play throughout the day if partners are arranged.
The following Saturday, October 4, brings the season to an end with the Captain’s Day, the format to be decided by the Captain. The Winter League begins on October 11. Members are reminded that entry fees must be paid before play.
Trophies are to be returned as soon as possible to Frazer Robinson at 32 Marine Place, Ardbeg. Members should note that the prize-giving dinner will be on November 15.