The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews won the annual invitational inter-club tournament organised by the XIXth Hole Golf Club of St Andrews over the Eden Course
It was only the R&A’s second ever success in the popular pipe-opener to the new season and saw them go one better than 2011 when they finished in the runners-up slot.
First played in 1976, it is the only local competition that brings together all seven local clubs on the one day.
The R&A finished with a total of 140 stableford points - the leading four scores from each of the six-strong teams counting - five ahead of St Regulus Ladies GC and the St Rule Club, with the hosts, the XIXth Hole GC next. St Andrews Thistle GC finished in fifth place, followed by the New GC with St Andrews GC - the defending champions - last.
Representing the R&A, whose only other success came in 1980, were Ian Marshall, Arthur Morris, Dr John Cameron, Gordon Howe, Neil Donaldson and Aubyn Stewart Wilson.
The leading lady was Christine Lawson (St Rule Club) with 37 points, while Dr John Cameron (R&A) collected the leading men’s award with 40 points, his third win in successive years.
A buffet reception was hosted by the St Rule Club and the prizes were handed over by XIXth Hole GC captain, Douglas Miller.
Results - R&A 140; St Regulus Ladies 135, St Rule Club 135; XIXth Hole 133; St Andrews Thistle 132; New 129; St Andrews 124.