Front-runner Richie Smith won the opening major tournament of the summer season at Bute Golf Club on Saturday when he lifted the Sir Harry Hope Cup for the first time.
Smith went into the third and final round of the competition five shots ahead of his nearest challengers – and no-one managed to make inroads on that lead.
The 19-handicapper’s score of 131 (64, 67) from two counting rounds remained five clear of runner-up Richie More (67, 69) 136. Sandy Long (65, 72), Stuart Wilson (63, 74), David Bryden (68, 69) and Henry Tait (68, 69), shared third place on 137.
Wilson (14) was the top scorer on Saturday with a net 63, two clear of runner-up Sandy Long (23) who finished on net 65.
The winner returned the best scratch score of the round with 77 which included birdies at the third, eighth and 17th holes while Long beat par at the eighth hole en route to his best performance of the tournament.
The competition scratch score was 67.