THE Helensburgh Golf Club pair of Yuen Hawes and Daniel Beatson have been crowned winners of the club’s Craig Orr Gents’ Pairs Open title.

The Burgh duo were part of a field that included 58 pairs from clubs throughout central Scotland, as well as a healthy turnout of local players.

Hawes and Beatson secured the prize with a net score of 61, a fine eight shots under par.

They finished the day two shots ahead of another Helensburgh pair, Kevin Robb and Sandy Bulloch, on net 63, while the podium was completed by the leading visitors, David McComish and Peter Hunter, who also returned a net 63.

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By virtue of their overall victory, Hawes and Beatson also won the tournament’s Stuart McNeill Trophy, which is awarded to the tournament’s highest-placed Helensburgh Golf Club pair.

In other action on the Helensburgh course this week, the final round of matches in the McIntyre League produced one of the closest finishes the competition has seen in recent years.

Clydebank and District Golf Club went into the last day’s fixtures in pole position in the standings, with only Helensburgh in a position to overtake them – and the two teams faced each other in their last match at Clydebank in what was essentially a final.

Helensburgh needed to win five and a half of the eight games to overtake Clydebank, and with four wins from the first six games on the day, the Burgh team were very much in with a shout.

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Unfortunately, Helensburgh were only able to take a half-point from those last two games, resulting in Clydebank winning the league by a margin of just one point.

Despite missing out on the league title, the Helensburgh team can be proud of their efforts during a campaign which saw them finish undefeated, winning five of their six matches and drawing the other.

Not to be outdone, the Helensburgh ladies’ team also had considerable success in their scratch Harper Kennedy League, winning their first two matches by beating Balmore by four games to three and coming out on top in all seven games against Buchanan Castle.

The ladies’ section also beat Milngavie by four games to one in the Allander League, illustrating the current strength in depth among Helensburgh’s female players.

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Elsewhere on the Helensburgh course this week, the club’s most successful golfer, Peter Haggarty, continued his excellent season by scoring a gross 66 for a net 65 in the Anderson Cup – and reducing his handicap to scratch as a consequence.

Keith Baird took second place with a net 67.

Gordon MacKay won the second class section with a net 64, two shots clear of club chairman Stuart Coutts, while Dougie Stewart’s net 65 saw him take the third class honours, two shots ahead of Donnie Nicholson and Filippo Madonia.

Finally this week, 31 Helensburgh ladies competed for the Judy Horan Trophy, and it was the ladies’ section vice-captain Jackie Lightfoot who won the silverware with 38 stableford points, two clear of runner-up Gemma Canham.