FORMER club captain Murray Waddell and his playing partner Anita McLaren won the Ben Bouie Mixed Open competition at Helensburgh Golf Club on Sunday.

Murray, who is also the long-standing sponsor of the event, and Anita topped the standings with 41 stableford points at the end of a competition in which 66 couples took part in fine and sunny weather.

Allan and Jacqueline McCable from Cochrane Castle took second place with 39 points after posting a better inward half than the host club pair of Gordon and Dorothy Mickel, who had to settle for third place on the podium.

The ‘best visitor’ prize was won by Alistair and Laurie Gibson from Mortonhall Golf Club in Edinburgh.

Meanwhile, Graham Crowhurst won the division one category in the August round of the Breingan Medal on Saturday with a net score of 62.

Wyllie Robertson and Peter Haggarty shared second place after returning net scores of 64, bringing Peter’s handicap back to one shot.

Nicolay Petkov’s net 63 won him the division two honours, two ahead of Dougie Singleton, with Ron McKay third courtesy of a net 67.

John Sharp took top spot in division three, also with a net 63; Tony Morris was second on net 66, with Brian Penman in third place, four shots further back.

Stewart FRASER scored 44 stableford points to win the seniors’ midweek medal on Wednesday, August 1, after a round which featured one birdie and seven pars.

Nearest challengers David Gethin and Alistair McKenzie were four points adrift in second place.

The Helensburgh trio of Carol Bell, Liz Cordner and Ethel Smith won the ladies’ open tri-am at Clydebank Golf Club last week, finishing three points ahead of their nearest challengers.

Sadly none of the Helensburgh Golf Club contingent at last week’s Scottish men’s amateur championship at Blairgowrie managed to qualify for the tournament’s knockout stages.

Shey Donald was the best-placed of the Helensburgh players in the 264-strong field; he followed an opening round of 77 with a score of 78 on the second day of the 36-hole strokeplay qualifying competition over the club’s Lansdowne and Rosemount courses.

Douglas Willoughby finished one stroke further back after rounds of 77 and 79, while Graeme Proud’s 36-hole score of 158 comprised rounds of 77 and 81.

Two other Helensburgh members, Martyn Paton and Graham Barr, competed under the banner of the Gleddoch Golf and Country Club, but Paton withdrew after an opening round of 85 while Barr returned two rounds of 80 to finish 16 over par.

Jack Keating of Cardross was another early withdrawal after reaching five over par during his first 18 holes.

The qualification cut for the tournament fell at two over par, with the top 64 players making it through to the knockout matchplay stages, played on Thursday and Friday.

Euan McIntosh, 49, from Turnhouse Golf Club, a former PGA Tour professional, defeated talented Renfrewshire teenager Jamie Stewart by 3 and 2 in the final after carding nine birdies, an eagle and only one dropped shot in the course of 34 holes of enthralling and top-quality golf before his winning margin became too much for his opponent to counter.

arded nine-birdies, an eagle and only one dropped shot over the 34 holes