After three days of gruelling competition the winners of this year's Girvan Golf Classic have been officially announced. More than 80 people took part in the Golf South Ayrshire showcase which provides a serious challenge for amateur golfers.
Established in 1989, the Girvan Golf Classic involved three days of competition, with one round per day. The tournament took place at Girvan Golf Course between Friday 28 and Sunday 30, September, with players battling it out for the Carrick Herald Quaich, the Ailsa Trophy and £1,000 prize money.
The competition was open to amateur male golfers who are members of a recognised golf club and holders of a senior handicap.
This year's winners:
- The winner of the handicap competition and the Ailsa Trophy was Paul Mylet (Hayston) with a score of 186. John Wood (Brunston Castle) was runner-up, with a score of 191.
- The winner of the scratch competition and the Carrick Herald Quaich was John Ralston (Shotts) with a score of 198. Steven Stamper (Turnberry) was runner-up, with a score of 200.
Councillor Brian McGinley, South Ayrshire Council's Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, Tourism & Leisure said, "We're actively promoting South Ayrshire as a must-visit golfing destination and it's encouraging that more than 15% of our competitors travelled from England to take part.
"Golf is an important part of the local economy and we're continuing to invest in the sport to encourage the next generation of players to get involved and help keep our courses in good use for many years to come.
"In Girvan we've moved with the times and players taking part enjoyed the facilities available at the refurbished clubhouse in Girvan, a factor that complements the quality of this memorable links course.
"My thanks to everyone who came along to take part, and congratulations to all the winners. We hope to see you back on our courses very soon."
Golf South Ayrshire operates eight, varied courses which are open all year round, with new members welcome. The courses range from links to parkland, each with individual character and with varying degrees of difficulty there is a course to suit every level of golfer. These include three classic James Braid designs, the fourth most difficult course in Scotland at Troon or a leisurely stroll in the Carrick Hills.
A full list of this year's winners can be found here.