Michael Smyth (Royal Troon) won the Hillhouse Cup over his home course on Sunday 20th may, to close the gap on Ayrshire Order of Merit leader Jim Johnston (Ayr Belleisle) after four events.
Smyth returned an excellent score of 72 over the old course at Troon, in breezy and testing conditions, to win the Hillhouse Cup by two shots from Tommy McInally (Loudoun) and Sandy Buchanan (Prestwick St Nicholas).
Kilmarnock Barassie duo Robbie Muir and Ross Caddis shared fourth place on 75 with Steven Stamper (Turnberry) two shots further back on 77.
The last Order of Merit counting place was shared by five players on 78, including Mark Watt (Prestwick St Cuthbert), Stuart Miller (Kilmarnock Barassie), Alan Kelly (Cochrane Castle) and the Royal Troon duo of Ian Walker and Blair Morton.
The win on Sunday moved Michael Smyth into second place in the Ayrshire Order of Merit, behind Jim Johnston, who gained points in all three of the opening counting events, including a win in the Ayrshire Strokeplay, semi final place in the Ayrshire Matchplay and a joint third place finish in the West of Scotland Strokeplay.
The next Doc Thom Salver counting events are The Stevenson Trophy at Girvan on saturday 26th may and the West KIlbride Mens Open on Sunday 27th May.
The present positions in the Ayrshire Order of Merit for the Doc Thom Salver are:-
|135||SCOTT||BROWN||Prestwick St Cuthbert|
|62.5||SANDY||BUCHANAN||Prestwick St Nicholas|
|20||GRAEME||GIMSON||Prestwick St Cuthbert|
|1||MARK||WATT||Prestwick St Cuthbert|