Seven threes are key to medal success

ROBERT McKIRDY celebrated his third medal victory of the season last Saturday after another excellent performance which secured first place in the August competition at Kingarth.

The former club champion scored seven threes in his one-under-par round of 67 to lead the first class with net 61, playing off a handicap of six.

McKirdy had to recover from an early setback after a double-bogey six at the fourth - and he did so in style, playing the remaining 14 holes in three under par with birdies at the ninth, 11th and 14th.

The success followed the player’s victories in the May and June medals, and equalled his previous best score this year, which came in the Kingarth round of the M&M Trophy tournament.

Cammy Middleton (10), who won the July medal, was another happy man on Saturday as he maintained his excellent recent form with a gross 72 to finish one shot behind McKirdy on net 62. Richie More (10) was in third place one shot further adrift.

The second class was led by Ian McDougall, who is also enjoying a successful season. The 21-handicapper scored a net 63 for a three-shot victory over Stevie Neilson (19) and Mike Whaley (22) both on net 66.

McDougall also retained the William Barclay Trophy with his first-nine score of 31.5 in the annual competition for the club’s over-60s, which is run in conjunction with the August medal. Cammy Middleton was runner-up on 32.

The medal’s competition scratch score was 64.

* John Bunyan added the Hume Ferguson Cup to his list of successes when he won the stableford competition with a score of 34 points at the club’s annual outing to Dumbarton Golf Club last week.

Bunyan was one point clear of club champion Jim McKirdy in second place, with David Bryden third on 30 points. The longest drive award went, appropriately, to Sandy Long, with Bryden taking the prize for nearest the pin.

The ladies’ competition was won by Liz Archibald, with Elizabeth Speirs (longest drive) and Ellen Eccles (nearest the pin) the other award winners.

* Duncan Speirs is the man to catch when the third and final round of the Sir Harry Hope Cup tournament reaches its climax tomorrow (Saturday).

The six-handicapper leads the way with a 129 aggregate after scores of 63 and 66 in the opening rounds of the competition in which the best two rounds from three count.

A busy weekend for Kingarth golfers continues on Sunday with the annual mixed competitions day for the Kerrytonlia Cup and the R.A. Pride Shield.

Members should note that those intending to take part should meet at the clubhouse at 12.30pm for the Texas scramble teams’ draw.

The first tee will be reserved for the competitions from 1pm until 2pm. All entry money will go to the Erskine charity, which cares for ex-servicemen and women.