FORMER ICE HOCKEY STAR IRINA GETS INTO THE SWING OF THINGS
The winner of a prestigious title at Troon Golf Weekender joked it was nice to make sporting headlines of her own.
Irina Bauba carried off the Ladies Jubilee Trophy in the event which was played over Fullarton, Darley and Lochgreen from Friday to Sunday.
The Prestwick St Nicholas 18-handicapper fired a nett 62 to land the prize for the first time.
Irina is the ex-wife of Ayr Scottish Eagles Grand Slam winning ace Dino Bauba.
A former ice hockey ace in her own right, she admitted it was nice to earn her own headlines after Dino hogged the limelight at the Centrum in the late 90s as his team swept all before them.
She said:“I played with the Ukrainian National ladies team and thought golf was easy to play and I could win a competition within three years – but it’s a difficult game.
“It’s good to win something within five years.
“I spoke to Dino after it and said I hoped he was proud of me as it was me who was going to be in the paper now.
“He was really pleased. It was really nice to win it over a local course and unexpected.”
Scott Barbour of Dalmilling won the top handicap event, the Troon Rosebowl.
The Greenock-based fisherman came home on 15 under par – six shots ahead of his nearest opponent.
He said:“This is the first time I have played this event.
“I live half-a-mile from the course so it made sense.
“I’m absolutely over the moon and this is my best achievement in golf.
“The secret of my success was driving well.”
Former Troon man Alan Fergusson returned to the town to clinch the Charles Buchanan Veteran Shield.
Now living in Perth, the lifelong Ayr United fan is a member of King James VI Golf Club in the Fair City.
He said:“I grew up playing these courses and my dad, Norman, was the head green keeper at Royal Troon.
“I left Troon in 1986 and it was great to come back here and win.”
Husband-and-wife team, Brian Kelsey and Gail Sabbatini, celebrated success in the Mixed Foursomes.
Brian said:“This was the first time we had played in this and we’re really happy to win.
“We like playing well together and had a nett 58.
“The course was fabulous and the greens terrific.”
Adam Barrie of Lowdoun Gowf claimed the Stableford event.
Showpiece event the Mills Quaich was won by Joe Murray of Huyton and Prescott for a remarkable fourth year running.