HELENSBURGH Golf Club has had a busy week with as many as four competitions gracing the Burgh course.
The action was nearly over before it started however with five horses running over parts of the course on Wednesday causing damage to several fairways and greens.
The immediate responses by Robert Bacon’s team limited the damage however.
The competition week began with the Lady Captain’s Day on Tuesday for which the majority of members addressed the ‘Blue/Blues’ theme chosen by Lady Captain, Ludka Aitken.
Played in beautiful sunshine last Tuesday, it was a charity event raising funds for Helensburgh and Lomond Young Carers. Forty-two ladies and nine gents played. They, and a few extras, also took part in a fun putting competition over three holes which were set up by club professional Fraser Hall.
The stableford competition was played over 18 and 9 holes. The Ladies Trophy was won by Liz Cordner who won the competition with 35 points. Arlene Blackwell was the winner of the nine hole competition, and the gents prize went to John Fugler with 37 points.
The winners of the putting competition were Lynn McCathie and Donald McLaren. A great day was had by all and a total of £313 was raised by donations for the young carers On Wednesday evening, a temporary local rule was introduced to cater for the damage and the Club’s McIntyre League Scratch Team secured a win over Cardross by 5.5-2.5 but the Veterans team lost to Clydebank on Thursday by 3.5-0.5.
On Saturday, 106 gentlemen competed in the Breingan Medal, sponsored by DCF Builders. On a generally fine day, the course CSS was 70 with David Gordon, Don Griffin, Alan Walker, Ian Harrington and David Graham earning handicap reductions.
David Gordon (8) returned a net 66 in the Division One category, leading Don Griffin (12) by one stroke. Crawford Sharp and Robert Johnson shared third place honours a further stroke behind.
Division Two was won by Alanx Walker (16) netting 67, a stroke head of Robbie Gowling (15). In Division Three, Steve Roome (22) was awarded the first place on countback on a level 70 with Ronald Holmes (21) On the day 15 2s were achieved but pride of place goes to James McKechnie who aced the 11th On Sunday, Helensburgh played host to one of the GolfInScotland series of events that are held across the country and attracted 110 competitors from far and wide.
Organiser Stevie Moir said afterwards: “I found the club and members of staff to be very welcoming and helpful not only to me but to the golfers that participated in our event today.
“The feedback from the golfers was fantastic, all of which commented on how great the course was and how the greens were the best they had played on this season.” The winner was Larkhall Golfer Robbie Stewart (4) recording 41 stableford points.