MORE than £3,000 was raised for local good causes supported by the Helensburgh Lions Club at the organisation’s annual golf day.

Helensburgh Golf Club generously hosted 162 golfers for the annual event, which this year was dominated by teams from Helensburgh Golf Club itself, as its members used their detailed knowledge of the course to monopolise much of the prize list.

The winners, ‘Oooft’, comprising Neil Sloan, Andy Carson and John Boult, returned a fantastic score of 52 points, with Craig Stirling and Cameron Stirling a point further back in runner-up spot and previous winners ‘El Toros’ – Dominic Taylor, Shey Donald and Craig Bonthrone – third on 49 points.

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Joint fourth were ‘The Three Amigos’ – Lou Carrier, John McMillan and Andy Bennet took fourth place by virtue of a better inward half ahead of the ‘Old Bones’ team of Mike Bone, Tom Glendinning and Eddie Somerville, both teams having scored 48 points, while Ian Irving, David McCubbin and Dave Jennings, also known as ‘Coast’ scored 47.

The prize places were completed by ‘Shepherd’s Shankers’ – Keith Baird, Alistair Cairns and Garry Shepherd – and the Dumbarton Golf Club trio of Graham Porter, Alistair Bateman and Keith Tait.

Carol Bell, Anita McClaren and Carol Bews, together playing as ‘Last Minute Booking’, won the prize for the best ladies’ team with a score of 45 points.

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Big-hitting Helensburgh player Dan Beatson won the prizes for the longest drive on the eighth and 18th holes – the first time in the competition’s 29-year history that the same player has won both ‘longest drive’ prizes – while the ‘nearest the pin’ prizes went to Shey Donald (3rd), Barry Kelly (9th), Yuen Hawes (11th) and Neil Sloan (16th).

Lions Club vice-president Phil Armstrong thanked all those involved in hosting, organising and sponsoring the competition, including the captain and members of the club, PGA professional Fraser Hall, bar manager Nicola Scott, and Lions Club golf convener Don MacDonald for organising the event.

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Organiser Don MacDonald later confirmed that the event had raised more than £3,100 for the Lions Club’s funds, with the money to be used once again to support good causes in Helensburgh and the surrounding area.