As the dust settles on the 58th Troon Golf Weekender this year's winners have been announced. More than 300 golfers took part in a competition designed to provide a serious challenge for amateur golfers of different abilities.
The Troon Golf Weekender was played between Darley, Lochgreen, and Fullarton Golf Courses between Friday 24 - Sunday 26, August. Competitors played on links courses, while competing for a number of historic trophies and generous prize funds.
There were five different competitions, including the showcase Mills Quaich & Troon Rosebowl Tournament, with £3,500 prize money up for grabs across all events.
The 2018 winners were:
- Mills Quaich: The winner was Joe Murray (Huyton & Prescot GC), with a score of 149. Liam James (Allerton Moor GC) was runner-up with a score of 153.
- Troon Rose Bowl: The winner was Michael McGuigan (Clober GC), with a score of 138. Ian McLaughlin (Sandyhills GC) was runner-up, with a score of 146.
- Open Stableford Competition: The winner was Ian McLaughlin (Sandyhills GC), with a score of 38. Robert Kirkland (Ballochmyle GC) was runner-up, with a score of 36.
- Charles Buchanan Veteran Shield: The winner was Jeremy Gittons (Redburn GC), with a score of 70. Henry McLelland (Clydebank & Overtoun GC) was runner-up with a score of 71.
- Ladies Jubilee Cup: The winner was Joanne Sharp (Kilmarnock Barassie GC), with a score of 82. The best scratch went to Hazel Dean (Muthill GC), with a score of 102.
- Open Mixed Foursomes: The winners were Charles Sutherland (Glasgow GC) and Janice Sutherland (Seafield Ladies GC), with a score of 58. The best scratch went to Margaret Ferguson (Kilmarnock Barassie GC) and Bert Ferguson (Royal Troon GC), with a score of 77.
Trophies on the day were awarded by South Ayrshire Provost, Helen Moonie.
Brian McGinley, South Ayrshire Council's Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, Tourism and Leisure said the competition showed Troon at its best, "We're actively promoting South Ayrshire as a must-see golfing destination and it was great to see people travel from across the UK to use the fantastic facilities at Troon.
"The competition has a history dating back almost 60 years and we've moved with the times and players enjoyed modern facilities at the recently refurbished clubhouse, a factor that which I think complements the quality of our courses.
"We're also highlighting the health benefits of golf to new players as part of our campaign to attract a new generation to take up the sport to help secure a long-term future for our golf courses. I'd like to thank everyone for their support in making the latest edition of the weekender such a resounding success."
A full list of this year's winners can be found here.
Golf South Ayrshire operates eight courses, with Belleisle, Troon, Girvan, Dalmilling, and Maybole all playing a part in providing a wide-range of courses for players of all abilities. For more information visit the Golf South Ayrshire website.