Saturday 21 June dawned overcast and cool at Brighouse Bay for the annual playing of the Gillespie Classic. As the day progressed the weather improved and the later starters got some lovely sunshine. The course, which has shown great progress in previous years, was in perfect condition and beautifully presented. A great credit to all the greenkeeping staff. Thirty one pairings from old men, ladies and juniors came from all over the region and beyond to take part and thoroughly enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere in playing in a fun event with a variety of skills competitions. The scoring certainly reflected the super condition of the course and resulted in numerous ties for the prizes which kept the organisers on their toes all afternoon. The major prize winners were:-

Gillespie Classic Trophy;   Ben Brown & Bill Atkins (Brighouse Bay)   46 points last 6 holes

Best Ladies Singles:  Diane McDonald (Dumfries & County)   32 points

Best Gents Singles: Peter Errington (Brighouse Bay)   43 points

Best Mixed Team: Diane McDonald & Ciaran Howat (D&C)   41 points

Best Junior: Finlay McKie, Corey Brown, Ciaran Howat, Niall McDonald (all D&C)

Nearest the Pin:

5th hole: Ben Brown (Brighouse Bay)

8th hole: Dougie Carruthers (D&C)

14th hole: George McMillan (Paisley)

The South of Scotland Golfers’ Association wish to thank Gillespie Leisure for their hospitality and the courtesy of the course; Jim Dougal for his continuing support and assistance; all sponsors for their generous prizes and the sixty two competitors for their support in raising the magnificent sum of £700 for the development of Junior golf in South of Scotland.