Helensburgh Lions Club was Chartered ( formed ) in February 1964 and is therefore the oldest serving Club in Scotland.
In June 2019 the Club celebrated its 55th year of service with a dinner at Helensburgh Golf Club attended by members and friends.
Vice President Phil Armstrong proposed a toast to the continued success of the Club
Morning showers gave way to sunshine for the annual Helensburgh Lions Club Golf Day on the 6th June. Helensburgh Golf Club generously hosted the event and 162 golfers enjoyed the challenges of the course, which was presented in superb condition by Course Manager Robert Bacon and his enthusiastic team.
The competition was dominated by teams from Helensburgh Golf Club. The winners “Oooft” consisting of Neil Sloan, Andy Carson and John Boult who returned a fantastic score of 52 points.
Craig Stirling and Cameron Stirling with 51 points were in second place and previous winners “El Toros” Dominic Taylor, Shey Donald and Craig Bonthrone took third place with 49 points.
Two teams returned 48 points, “The 3 Amigos” Lou Carrier, John McMillan and Andy Bennet took fourth place by virtue of a better inward half edging out “Old Bones” Mike Bone, Tom Glendining and Eddie Somerville. In sixth place with 47 points were “Coast” Ian Irving, David McCubbin and Dave Jennings.
Two teams with 46 points concluded the prize slots “Shepherds Shankers” Keith Baird, Alistair Cairns and Garry Shepherd and a team from Dumbarton Golf Club consisting of Graham Porter, Alistair Bateman and Keith Tait.
The prize for the best Ladies Team was as usual keenly fought, the eventual winners with 45 points were “Last minute booking” Carol Bell, Anita McClaren and Carol Bews.
For the first time in the 29 year history of the Lions competition the same player won the longest drive on the 8th and 18th hole. Big hitting Helensburgh Golf Club member Dan Beatson completed this unique double.
The prizes for the nearest the pin on the Par 3’s were won by Shey Donald 3rd hole, Barry Kelly 9th hole, Yuen Hawes 11 hole, the nearest on the 16th hole was Neil Sloan.
Before the presentations of prizes Helensburgh Lions Club Vice President Phil Armstrong thanked the Captain and members of the Golf Club for the use of the course and the PGA professional Fraser Hall for his generous help. He thanked all the sponsors and the participants for their much appreciated support.
He praised the caterers and thanked the bar staff for their hard work. He then presented bar manager Nicola Scott with a bouquet of flowers and thanked her for all the help she has provided at Lions events over the years.
He thanked Lions Club Convenor Don MacDonald for again organising the event so well. Later in the evening Don was delighted to confirm that the Golf Day had raised well over £3100 for Lions Clubs funds.