Three out of four ain’t bad!

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GRAHAM BOLTON captured Rothesay Golf Club’s prestigious Bennie Trophy for a third time in four years on Saturday, carding a winning score of 138 to secure the prize by four shots.

Consistency was the key for the reigning champion of both Rothesay and Bute golf clubs, who carded rounds of 69 in both the morning and afternoon rounds of the scratch competition, which was sponsored for the first time by Cowal Building and Plumbing Supplies and Graham’s Plumbers Merchants.

Bolton’s 69 was the best score of the morning round by a single shot, and though two players rose above conditions which worsened as the day went on to card a 68 in the afternoon, Bolton matched his morning total to regain the trophy he last won in 2009.

Second place went to Gordon McClean, who could only manage a 73 in his first round but matched the winner’s 69 after lunch to clinch the runner-up spot, one ahead of George Reynolds, Calum McKirdy, Rory McEwan and Ian White; holder Stephen Renfrew had to settle for a share of ninth place this time round after posting a total of 146.

The handicap prize was won by Rothesay’s own Jimmy Ewing, who finished ahead of clubmate Stan Gaston after both players posted net totals of 135 for their 36 holes.

Kris and Nicky Shaw from CBPS presented the prizes at the close of play.

Results as follows.

Overall 1 G. Bolton (69+69) 138; 2 G. McClean (73+69) 142; 3 G. Reynolds (71+72), C. McKirdy (75+68), R. McEwan (73+70) and I. White (70+73), all 143; 7 A. Smith (73+72) and C. Thomas (77+68), both 145; 9 S. Coyle (73+73), S. Renfrew (72+74), G. Dunn (70+76) and C. Carson (77+69), all 146.

Handicap: 1 J. Ewing (64+71) 135, 2 S. Gaston (68+67) 135.

Nearest the pin: J. Mackirdy at 8th hole; G. McClean at 11th; T. Duncan at 13th; M. Anderson at 18th.

* Meanwhile, young Jack Mackirdy continued his excellent run of recent form when he partnered George Reynolds to victory in Sunday’s Wee Bennie Trophy.

The pair posted a winning net score of 61 in dismal playing conditions, set on their way by an excellent outward half of 29, to finish one shot clear of Neil MacLeod and Michael Murty.

Three pairs in the field of 104 players tied on 64 in the ever-popular competition, now in its 24th year, with Cowie and Ally Murray taking the final podium position thanks to their inward half of 29.

The sponsorship of Gerry and Leelah McGuigan provided prizes for the best 12 pairs, ranked as follows: 1 J. Mackirdy & G. Reynolds 61; 2 N. MacLeod & M. Murty 62; 3 I. Cowie & A.U. Murray 64bih; 4 C. & H. Charker 64; 5 S. Robertson & G. Hanson 64; 6 I. McMurchie & G. McClean 65bih; 7 J. Thomson & I. Simpson 65; 8 B. & M. Ward 66bih; 9 G. Dunn & D. Standaloft 66; 10 C. & A. Laughlan 66; 11 J. Milliken & M. Dodds 66; 12 N. Ritchie & T. Duncan 66.

Nearest the pin: S. Maher at 8th (sponsored by J. McClean); J. Kernaghan at 11th (sponsored by S. Strathie); I. McKay at 13th (sponsored by Galatea Bar); Donald Standaloft at 18th (sponsored by Rothesay Golf Club).