Hargan romps to a runaway win

Rothesay Golf Club's Ladies' Open prize winners.
Rothesay Golf Club's Ladies' Open prize winners.

CLAIRE HARGAN of Strathmore Golf Centre in Perthshire shot a superb gross 74 to win the top prize at Rothesay Golf Club’s Ladies’ Open on Saturday, nine shots clear of her nearest challenger.

Nearly 70 ladies from clubs throughout Scotland and beyond revelled in the unaccustomed pleasure of playing in calm conditions and unbroken sunshine.

The first prize in the silver section was shared by Skelmorlie pair Irene Papworth and Jenny McGee, while the best net score of the day was the excellent 66 returned by the winner of the bronze category, exiled Brandane Julie Neilson, of Clober Golf Club in Milngavie.

The best-placed Rothesay player, meanwhile, was Fiona Torrance, whose net 73 gave her third place in the bronze section.

Ladies’ captain Joan Torrance welcomed all the competitors at the prize-giving in the clubhouse at the close of play and thanked all those involved in the running of the event, paying a warm tribute to head greenkeeper Tommy Ronald and his assistant Shaun Kernaghan.

Thanks were also expressed to starter Duncan Scott and the team of gents members who willingly give their help each year.

Joan also thanked the three members of the junior section who acted as ball-spotters, Scott McAlister, Euan McGregor and Lewis Poole, and their convener Robert Wood.

The catering and bar staff were also praised, and Joan paid a special tribute to the efforts of several ladies without whom the day could not take place - Maureen Wilson, Elizabeth McMillan, Eileen Barker, Elizabeth Speirs and Moira Gillies.

The results and the prize winners’ names were announced by the club’s vice-captain, Jim Torrance.

Results as follows.

Scratch – 1 Claire Hargan (Strathmore) 74, 2 Patricia Davidson (Erskine) 83.

Silver – 1= Irene Papworth and Jenny McGee (both Skelmorlie), net 72; 2 Margaret Taylor (Lanhydrock) net 74; 3 Margaret Davie (Royal Musselburgh) net 75.

Bronze – 1 Julie Neilson (Clober) net 66; 2 Sara Murphy (Skelmorlie) net 70; 3 Fiona Torrance (Rothesay) net 73.

Nearest the pin – S. Smith (Old Ranfurly) (silver), M. Liddell (Rothesay) (bronze).

Straightest drive – S. Dillon (Kilmacolm) (silver), L. Hall (Blairmore & Strone) (bronze).