HELENSBURGH Golf Club’s ladies have been crowned this season’s Anderson League champions after beating off stiff competition from teams throughout Dunbartonshire.

A record of six wins and two draws saw Burgh captain Liz Cordner and her team-mates celebrate the club’s first title in the tournament since 1999, finishing two points clear of runners-up Hilton Park.

Liz used 21 players during the campaign, the majority of whom are pictured above. The win comes hard on the heels of a similar triumph for the Helensburgh senior men’s league team and underlines the strength of golf at the club this year.

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Helensburgh Advertiser: The Carrick team won the Macintyre League titleThe Carrick team won the Macintyre League title

MEANWHILE, golfers from The Carrick on Loch Lomond triumphed in the final of the 2021 Macintyre League, seeing off Clober Golf Club after a dramatic fightback and a sudden-death play-off.

The course held up very well in spite of some horrendous rain in the days before the final, with players from both teams giving high praise to the greenkeeping staff from the final’s host club Helensburgh.

Every match in the final of the ‘5 to 8 League’ – so called because it is competed for by players with handicaps from five shots to eight – was back and forth early on, but Clober were well up through the front nine.

The Carrick team knew they had a fight on their hands, and they duly battled back in style, to the point where victory on the final hole in the last game would tie the match overall – and Keith Tait held his nerve to sink an eight-foot putt for a one-hole win, sending the final into a sudden death play-off.

And it was Tait who played the starring role once again in that play-off, stiffing his second shot to the par-four first hole and tapping in for a birdie to win the match and secure the Carrick club’s first victory in the tournament.

Captain John Gunn dedicated the win to Lynn McColl, the 2021 ladies’ champion at the Carrick on Loch Lomond, who passed away in the week before the final.