NEIL SLOAN and Craig Bonthrone proved the perfect definition of ‘impact substitutes’ as they finished clear winners in week four of the Tennent’s Winter League at Helensburgh Golf Club on Sunday.

Sloan and Bonthrone, substituting for Dominic Taylor and Terry Smith, scored 47 stableford points in beautiful golfing conditions to take home the winners’ hamper, finishing three points ahead of Craig McPhee and Mick Bone, who won the whisky prize as runners-up.

Two pairs returned the same score of 43 points, but with a better inward half, third place was awarded to Dougie Singleton and John Gallagher ahead of Jamie Francis and Ray Ford.

Eleven pairs achieved 40 stableford points or more.

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Ninety-six players have signed up for the seven-week Sunday schedule, allowing eight teams of 12 to be formed to compete for the competition’s team prize – and also for the eclectic honours, given to the pair with the best aggregate total for each hole over the entire competition.

The overall prizes will be handed out at the competition’s awards dinner in December, following the final round of the tournament.

Fourteen gross twos were recorded, with each player concerned winning four Callaway super-soft golf balls; of note was the pair of Stephen Donald and Kevin Robb, who each scored a gross two during their round.

The early leaders of the team competition are Don Griffin’s team on 407 points, six ahead of Allan Bell’s team, while Gary Potter and David McCallum lead the eclectic standings on 52 points.

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