Golf: Reigning champion leads Port Bannatyne title fight

Defending champion Stephen Renfrew led the way in the qualifying rounds for Port Bannatyne Golf Club’s championship this week with a two-round aggregate score of 134.

Renfrew’s total, from rounds of 68 and 66, put him no fewer than 13 shots ahead of the second-placed qualifier, last year’s runner-up Donald Standaloft.

Shinty, work and holiday commitments have stymied the championship hopes of several players, with Jamie Jardine, Graham Fisher, David Whitelaw, David Reid and Ian Shaw among those unable to compete in the knockout stages.

The quarter-final line-up sees holder Renfrew take on Jim Thom, a susprise final qualifier with an aggregate score of 169; the other ties are Liam Shanks v Graham Dunn, Donald Standaloft v Jordan Morrison and Alex Greer junior v John Black.

The quarter-finals and semi-finals will be played during the course of this week, with the championship final at 9am and 1pm this Saturday, July 20, the Arthur Slack handicap championship at 1.10pm and the junior championship final at 1.20pm.

* More Port Bannatyne golfing news in this week’s issue of The Buteman - on sale from Thursday, July 18.