South Ayrshire shines as Ayr Golf Week draws to a close

More than 600 golfers have been put through their paces at some of Scotland's finest courses for Ayr Golf Week 2017.

Seven days of competitive golf have now come to an end, with participants travelling from across the UK to battle it out for golfing glory.

Ayr Golf Week took place on Belleisle, Seafield and Dalmilling Golf Courses from 4-10 June. Nine different competitions took place across the seven days with the main event being the Tam o' Shanter and Handyside Tournaments on Sat 10 June.

This year's winners were:

Handyside Cup: Craig Smith (Market Rasen Golf Club) won the 2017 cup, beating William Smith (Seafield Golf Club) 1 up.

Tam o' Shanter Trophy: Jim Johnston (Belleisle Golf Club) beat Aidan Long (Belleisle Golf Club) with a final score of 6/5.

Ladies RC Brown Memorial Competition: Gillian Henderson (Belleisle Golf Club) won with a Gross 76 (Net 68) in very poor conditions.

Councillor Brian McGinley, South Ayrshire Council's Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, Tourism and Leisure, said the event had been a great success, "South Ayrshire has a wealth of golf courses to choose from with the Council's eight courses and first-class facilities among the best in the country.

"Ayr Golf Week remains as popular as ever, with competitors travelling from across the UK and from as far away as Trinidad. They enjoyed the usual cocktail of Ayrshire weather with sunshine, cloud cover, and rain making for changeable conditions which kept play interesting.

"I'd like to thank everyone working behind the scenes to organise the event and also for every single competitor who signed up to show their continued support for this popular fixture."

Golf South Ayrshire operates eight courses, with Belleisle, Troon, Girvan, Dalmilling, and Maybole all playing a part in providing a wide-range of courses for players of all abilities. Investment of £3.5million has seen the creation of a new clubhouse at Belleisle and major refurbishments at both Troon and Girvan clubhouses. The investment is designed to enhance standards for existing members while also encouraging a new generation to take up the sport.

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