Golf: Renfrew makes it four in a row at Port Bannatyne

The first tee at Port Bannatyne Golf Club.
The first tee at Port Bannatyne Golf Club.

Stephen Renfrew won the gents’ club championship at Port Bannatyne for the fourth year in succession with a two-hole defeat of Donald Standaloft in Saturday’s 36-hole final.

Heavy overnight rain meant a four-hour delay to the start of the 36-hole final, but Renfrew - who saw off Joe Livingstone in the last eight and Alex Greer junior in the semi-final - did not seem in the least fazed by the delay, going four up after six holes, though Standaloft battled his way back to close that gap to two holes by the end of the first round.

The challenger’s fightback continued in the early part of the afternoon round, and he was two holes in front with 13 to play - but in a see-saw final Renfrew fought back well, and the pair were level going into the last nine holes.

A poor tee shot by Standaloft at the 14th handed Renfrew the advantage, and the holder tied up his fourth title in a row - three of those after beating Standaloft in the final - after a superb tee shot at the 18th.

* For a full report from the Port Bannatyne club championship finals, see the July 24 issue of The Buteman - on sale now.