Brechin pair win trip to Bahamas

BRECHIN partnership of professional Stephen Rennie and eight-handicap amateur member Ian Anderson won themselves a trip to the Bahamas by heading a field of 70 pairs at the Virgin Atlantic PGA National Pro-am championship regional qualifier at Crieff.

The pair had a net round of 61, 10 under par, and won by a single shot from Ratho Park's Andrew Erskine and Bob Wills. Rennie won a cheque for 500 and Erskine received the 350 runners-up cash prize. Rennie and Anderson will go forward to the Grand Final at Sandals Resort in the Bahamas from 23 November.

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Elsewhere, Northern Counties team player Anne Ryan (Tain) leads the field by one stroke in the Scottish senior women's (closed) amateur stroke-play championship at Fortrose and Rosemarkie Golf Club.

Ryan shot a three-over-par 74, including birdies at the sixth, seventh and 15th. The CSS was 73. Her closest challengers at the start of the second round - at the end of which the leading 16 go forward to the match-play championship - are Fiona De Vries (St Rule), a shot behind on 75, and joint third-placed Lynne Terry (Cruden Bay) and May Hughes (Lanark) on 76.