Accountant Jim Thom, the hero of Port Bannatyne Golf Club’s victory in The Firth of Clyde Wee Trophy at the Kingarth course last month, returned to the scene of that triumph on Saturday to cash in with a second superb success.
The 11-handicapper, who is also a member of the Bute club, was again in top form to take first place in their September medal with net 62. Birdies at the fifth and 11th holes helped Thom to a score of gross 73 and a one-shot victory which takes him straight into the Medal Finals tomorrow (Saturday).
Leighton Thomas, playing off a handicap of 10, had to settle for runner-up spot with net 63 while Robert McKirdy (7) was third on 67.
The Second Division was led by Stuart Wilson (14) with a score of net 68, three shots clear of second-placed Sandy Long (23) on 71. Other leading scorers included John Greenshields (21) 72, and Mike Whaley (21) 73.
The competition scratch score was 65.
The line-up is now complete for tomorrow’s Medal Finals when players will compete for two of the club’s most prestigious trophies.
Qualifiers in the First Class section for the Robertson Medal are: Jim Thom, Robert McKirdy, Duncan Speirs, Leighton Thomas, Donald Standaloft, and John McBride.
The Second Division qualifiers, who will play for the Emslie Medal, are: Steven Neilson, Henry Tait, Richie Smith, John Kernaghan, Stuart Wilson, and Peter Martin.
The two trophy events will be run in conjunction with a stroke-play competition in which all members are invited to compete. They should make their own playing arrangements throughout the day.
* Last year’s trophy winners are reminded to return all silverware to Hon. Secretary Frazer Robinson at St Ninians, 32 Marine Place, Ardbeg, as soon as possible.