Golf: Shanks wins Jimmy Whitelaw Trophy at Port Bannatyne

Prize winners and Whitelaw family members at Port Bannatyne Golf Club after Sunday's Jimmy Whitelaw Trophy.
Prize winners and Whitelaw family members at Port Bannatyne Golf Club after Sunday's Jimmy Whitelaw Trophy.

Liam Shanks won the Jimmy Whitelaw Cup at Port Bannatyne on Sunday - but only by the tightest of margins.

Liam’s first 12 hole score of 43 was bettered in the afternoon by six shots to give him a 24-hole total of 80, leaving him just one shot better off than second-placed Mark Crichton, whose net 42 in the afternoon didn’t quite match his splendid morning round of 39.

Third place went to Pete Barnett whose aggregate score of 84 comprised a morning round of 46 and a superb afternoon round of 38.

The generosity of Hector and Margaret Whitelaw in sponsoring this competition in memory of Hector’s father, himself a staunch supporter of Port Bannatyne Golf Club, is such that the prize giving is always a long one, and Sunday was no exception.

With the cancellation of the Mac’s Bar Open, captain Ian Shaw has decided that this Sunday, September 15, will be his Captain’s Day. The format has yet to be decided, but members should keep an eye on the club’s website for further information.