A PAIR of golfers will fly the flag for Renfrewshire when they tee off tomorrow in the Carrick Neill Scottish Stroke Play Championships.
A feast of golf is in store when some of the best amateurs in the world gather at Kilmarnock this week for the high-profile event.
And Sam Binning, who represents Ranfurly Castle Golf Club and Matthew Clark, of Kilmacolm GC, are both looking to get their hands on the trophy.
Sam starts his title bid tomorrow at 9.50am and his playing partners are Sam Davis of New Zealand and Max Smith of Newbury Racecourse.
Matthew’s bid gets under way at the later time of 12.10pm and he has been paired with Hayden Porteous of South Africa, the South African stroke play champion, and Jordan Milne, of Elgin.
Past winners of the national Stroke Play Championship include Colin Montgomerie, Stephen Gallacher, Andrew Coltart, Paisley duo Dean Robertson and Alastair Forsyth – and Richie Ramsay.
And this time around it’s hoped that one of the Renfrewshire contingent can get their name etched on the silverware.
A handicap ballot as low as +1.8 – the lowest-ever for a Scottish Golf Union event according to records – illustrates the quality of the competition, with some of the world’s best amateurs from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, USA and France all competing in the 143-strong field.
David Miller, Golf Director of Carrick Neill, said: “We are delighted to support the prestigious championship for the second year in a row and help the development of amateur golfers.
“Given the quality of field assembled, we are looking forward to an excellent championship over the three days.
“Carrick Neill has been the Scottish Golf Union’s official insurance partner for many years and we are proud to have the association.”
The 2012 Carrick Neill Scottish Stroke Play Championship is a 72-hole event, with 18 holes played on each of the first two days.
The 40 competitors returning the lowest scores over the first 36 holes and those tying for 40th place play the final 36 holes.
It is an R&A World Amateur Golf Ranking event and for Scottish players counts toward the SGU Order of Merit.
Entry to spectators for the competition is free.