IAN PORTER won the Anderson Medal competition at Helensburgh Golf Club on a day of low scoring on Saturday.

The competition sees the three class winners qualify for next year, while this year’s qualifiers play off for the overall title, and Porter held off the in-form Scott Kennedy to take the main prize in the tournament, sponsored by CMC Electrical.

Class winners were Jamie Francis with a fantastic net 61, Mick Massey on net 65 and John Gallagher with a net 67.

The September Ormond Medal and overall finals, sponsored by Raeburn Hope Solicitors, saw Graham Crowhurst, Russell Graves and Ben Canham win their respective divisions.

In the same fashion as the Anderson Medal, they qualify for next year’s finals.

Andy Stewart took the medal final honours with a net 69, pipping Shey Donald, who had a very impressive gross 73 for a net score of 70.

Long-time leader Scott Kennedy, meanwhile, held on to win the overall Tuesday Eclectic title on 36 points, with Kenny Loch, Ray Smith and Steve Court hot on his heels on 35 at the end of a hotly-contested tournament.

The weekly winner in the final round was Ian Porter, who scored 22 points in tough conditions.

Huge thanks to Eclectic convener Dave Lutwyche for the work he puts in to this competition throughout the year.

Twelve brave souls battled awful weather in the fourth round of the BMW Cup, sponsored by Harry Fairbairn BMW, on Sunday.

Several players are still in with a shout of the main prize ahead of the final round, due to be played on September 29 – the Saturday of the Ryder Cup.

Rounding off a busy but successful week for the club, the Helensburgh 1 team of Malcolm Hyatt (captain), Chris ‘Taff’ Thomas, Shey Donald and Tom Barton won the McIntyre League Challenge Trophy at Vale of Leven Golf Club.

The innovative format of the tournament sees clubs compete in teams of four, each comprising one senior, one junior, one scratch team player and one from the 5-8 handicap league.

Two Burgh teams took part, with the Helensburgh 1 team emerging victorious thanks to a net score of 55.9.

Finally, very special congratulations go to Helensburgh Golf Club’s touring professional, Gary Orr who became the first Scot to win the Scottish Senior Open since Sam Torrance over a decade ago.

See the back page of this issue for a full report on Orr’s triumph.