TENNIS starlet Scott MacAulay defended his title to win this year’s Doe Sport Bearsden Lawn Tennis Club championship on Sunday.
Scott (15) from Bearsden - who playes for Newlands - was competing in the 23rd club tournament in the top men’s final and beat highly talented left hander Jamie Verhaere (18) from Nairn Tennis Club by the convincing margin of 6-1, 6-1.
The Bearsden Academy pupil is a very bright tennis prospect and is already playing Premier Division League tennis for his club’s men’s team.
Scott also plays for the West of Scotland U18 team and has represented Scotland in the four Nations International.
In winning the Bearsden event he is following a family tradition as his father Ian is a previous winner of the event.
The top Ladies’ final was won by Jamie Smith from Stirling University 6-3, 6-2 against Karen Crawford from Lenzie - a previous holder of the title.
In the ladies’ second draw BLTC’s Emma Wright was matched against the very talented teenager Kirsty MacDonald from Western. Emma’s stronger hitting allowed her to dominate many of the rallies and she won through 6-2, 6-3.
In the third draw Rebecca Bonomi (Uddingston), a gifted young athlete who has taken up tennis relatively recently, beat Jan Lapsley (David Lloyd Renfrew) 6-1, 6-4.
Meanwhile, in the Men’s section two final Ross Taylor (Bearsden) recovered from a slow start to overcome Barry Hassan (Hillpark). Barry surged to a 5-0 lead in the first set only for Ross to recover, winning the match 7-6, 6-1.
In the third section final Ross’s younger brother Douglas Taylor (Drumchapel) was matched against Jeff Zinger (Bearsden) with Jeff winning through a close match 7-5, 6-3. In the Men’s section three consolation final David Flynn (Scotstoun) won 6-4, 6-3 against Omar Henderson (Bearsden).
As well as the open events this year, for the first time, the tournament also included Mini Tennis Red, Orange and Green events for boys and girls aged 8 and under, 9 and under and 10 and under respectively.
Tournament director John Beeley said: “The total tournament entry was over 120 and included players from starter mini tennis right up to adults that compete at county level, with an age range from seven to 70. Players came from as far afield as Buckinghamshire, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Inverness as well as from the West of Scotland.”
He added: “I would like to thank Doe Sport (North) Ltd for their continued sponsorship of the event. “Prizes were presented by Ian MacAulay, a former Scottish international player at junior and senior levels and previously three time winner of the Bearsden Men’s top event in the 1990s.”