Golf: Nerves of Steele prove crucial in Rothesay senior open

Rothesay Golf Club's senior open prize winners on Saturday, July 27. Overall winner Gary Steele is at the front of the group with club captain Jim Torrance and Davina Hanson from tournament sponsor George Hanson Building Contractors.
Rothesay Golf Club's senior open prize winners on Saturday, July 27. Overall winner Gary Steele is at the front of the group with club captain Jim Torrance and Davina Hanson from tournament sponsor George Hanson Building Contractors.

Gary Steele won his first Senior Open title at Rothesay on Saturday with a net score of 64 (80-16), pipping sponsor George Hanson to the prize.

George had led for most of the day with a net 65 (72-7), but Gary just held it together in spite of bogeys at the 16th and 17th and a double bogey five at the last; third place was shared by Tommy Duncan and Jimmy Ewing on net 66.

Former Rothesay member George Morrison, now of Inveraray, won the 50-57 age group, while George Hanson won the 58-64 category and Jim McClean took the over-65 honours with a net 69. The best scratch score was Tommy Duncan’s 72.

* Read more from Rothesay’s senior open, and the rest of the week’s action on the Canada Hill course, in this week’s issue of The Buteman - on sale from Thursday, August 1.