Monday, September 09, 2013



The final event of the season for Renfrewshire Golf Union is the Herbie Pirie Trophy hosted by Renfrew Golf Club.  It is the last chance for Order of Merit points and this, in addition to the prestige of the event, ensures that the field includes the top performers in the Order of Merit table.

After the morning round, the leader was Caldwell’s Paul Alexander with a four under par round of 68.  His nearest rival was Grant Beaton of Bonnyton with 70 with Ryan Mackenzie (Erskine) and Sam Binning (Ranfurly Castle) both well in contention with one under par rounds of 71. 
Grant held it together in the afternoon and his score of 73 gave him a total of 143, a score which was soon equalled as Sam Binning handed in a level par 72.  With only one game to come in, both players started to prepare for a three hole playoff under the competition rules.   
However, out on the course, Central Scotland Seniors Champion, Ronnie Clark (Erskine), pictured on right, who had a 74 in the morning round, was four under with only the tough final hole to play.  Needing a par to win the competition outright, he was short of the green in two but a chip to five feet and a single putt was sufficient to win by a single shot.

Before the event, Eastwood’s David Dickson had been leading the Order of Merit by 108 points and only Grant Beaton (pictured left) could catch him.  Grant’s second equal spot earned him 235 points and, with David adding only 75 points for twelfth place, Grant took the Blake Clark Trophy and the winning voucher back to Bonnyton.



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