Golf: Coyle wins Bennie Trophy at Rothesay

Steven Coyle is presented with the Bennie Trophy by Catherine Hughes on behalf of the tournament's main sponsor, Cowal Building and Plumbing Supplies.
Steven Coyle is presented with the Bennie Trophy by Catherine Hughes on behalf of the tournament's main sponsor, Cowal Building and Plumbing Supplies.

Stephen Coyle of Cathkin Braes Golf Club shot a two-round total of 135 to win the prestigious Bennie Trophy at Rothesay Golf Club on Saturday.

Coyle set the benchmark for the day in the 36-hole scratch strokeplay competition with a morning round of 66, placing him three clear of the Rothesay duo of George Reynolds and holder Graham Bolton.

And while Bolton – also the reigning Rothesay club champion – was able to improve on his own morning score after lunch, posting a second round 68, Coyle held his nerve by returning a 69 in the afternoon to finish the day two shots clear.

Reynolds, meanwhile, added a 72 after lunch to his morning 69 to take third place, four shots clear of Graham Strachan, who led the chasing pack in fourth with a total of 145.

The handicap prize was won by Rothesay assistant greenkeeper Shaun Kernaghan, who posted two net scores of 66 (75-9) for a winning total of 132.