MILLPORT Golf Club held the Cumbrae Cup for the 72nd time last weekend - with a winner from Down Under landing the trophy.

A total of 54 competitors managed to make the journey to Millport, and with 12 players having a handicap of scratch or better, this year's field was the strongest for some time.

Club vice-captain Ruaridh McIntyre opened the competition with a good drive down the first, setting the standard.

However, the scoring in the first round reflected the tricky conditions of hard fairways and fiery greens making it a tough test with no-one breaking par.

Josh Geer (Western Australia) led after 18 holes on level par (68), with four competitors two shots back on +2 (70). This chasing group contained two Millport Golf Club competitors, Craig Pirie and Alan Fynlason.

Round two saw an improvement in scoring, with defending champion Scott Turnbull of Millport posting the first score under par with a -1 (67).

Pirie continued his good form and also posted a second round score of -1 (67). However, Josh Greer showed no let up, and with a remarkable 18 greens in regulation, carded the lowest score of the day with a 64, winning the Cumbrae Cup on a total of 132.

Pirie was second on 137 with other notable Millport scores of Turnbull on 141 and Fynlason on 144.

A spokesperson said: "A huge thank you to the club committee members and volunteers who helped the competition run smoothly.

"Also a huge thank you to sponsors; Frasers Bar, Merchant Homes, Mark McLair of Independent Financial Solutions, Emily Bell of Prints by Emily B and Mark Adam."

The busy calendar for Millport Golf Club continues with the next “major” being the gents handicap open on 17 July, where there are only a few places remaining.

Club Captain Alex Haggerty, left, is pictured presenting Josh Greer with the Cumbrae Cup.