Hosts take Area Team title for first time since 2009
RENFREWSHIRE overcame Lanarkshire to win the Golf Kings Scottish Area Team Championship as the two regions battled it out at Ranfurly Castle.
Renfrewshire, who overcame Glasgow at the last four stage to reach the final, claimed a 5½-3½ win over their rivals to record their first win in the tournament since 2009.
After a tense day, it was Kilmacolm’s Andrew Farmer who ultimately sealed the winning point in Scotland’s premier amateur team championship, contested over three days by
the 16 Area Associations of the Scottish Golf Union.
Led by playing captain Ronnie Clark and
team manager David MacFarlane, it was Renfrewshire fifth title in the history of the competition.
“It’s nice to win again, reach five stars if
you like, and I think the home soil did help,”
said a delighted Clark afterwards. “We have
all played here before in team matches and other events.
“Lanarkshire are a good side so it was important to build a lead in the morning. We have a strong team spirit and it’s pretty much the same side every year, with the odd youngster coming in. I’m delighted for all the guys.”
The hosts took the early advantage in the tight morning foursomes tie, with two matches going to the third extra hole.
Renfrewshire’s Matthew Clark and Gordon Stevenson held their nerve to win at the 21st against Craig Ross and Steven Rennie, but the Lanarkshire duo of Stewart Henderson and Ross Hinshelwood levelled matters after narrowly seeing off former British Amateur champion Craig Watson and Michael Daily.
Renfrewshire led 2-1 at lunch, and Daily added to that lead by winning the first of six singles ties, only for Henderson to reply immediately for Lanarkshire to reduce the deficit to one point once again.
With the outcome of the match hanging in the balance, Clark and Farmer saw Renfrewshire home with their wins, as Farmer claimed the vital point in his 2&1 victory over Henderson