ALASTAIR CAIRNS posted the lowest net score of the day to win the first class section in the August Breingan Medal at Helensburgh Golf Club.

Once a player with a single-figure handicap, before expatriate life took him to Singapore, Cairns’ net 67 – achieved despite two double bogeys in the last three holes – saw his handicap reduced to 11, taking him closer to his previous low.

Mark Tynan was the first class section runner-up, one shot behind with a net 68.

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The second class prize was won by senior player Roy Nesbitt on a net 70, with another senior player, Bob Berry, one shot behind. George Gill, also once a single-figure handicap player in his younger days, before ageing joints gave him a new swing, took the third class honours with a net 69, two ahead of Jonathan Sturgeon.

Meanwhile, the July nine-hole stableford competition was won by Joe Barton – no relation to special agent Dick – whose 19-point haul was one better than his nearest challenger, David Gethin.

Helensburgh’s team, in the county-wide Thomson McCrone Competition, for gents between handicaps of 9 and 18, has won through to the tournament’s semi-finals courtesy of victory by four matches to one over Douglas Park at the neutral venue of Windyhill Golf Club in Bearsden.

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All of the Helensburgh gents’ teams have performed well in the various county leagues this season – the scratch team were close runners-up; the ‘five to eight’ team are in their semi-final; and the senior team are fourth in their league of 17 clubs.