Ballantyne is BGA champion

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ALAN Ballantyne completed his collection of Borders titles at the weekend.

The Vertish Hill golfer claimed the BGA Championship, the only local title to have eluded him in 40 years of playing the sport.

The 36-hole event was played over the Hawick course and, as well as Ballantyne, featured other local players including Keith Beattie, Jamie Tinlin, Warren Renwick and Paul Johnson.

Tinlin, Renwick and Ballantyne took the first three places going into the second round with scores of 68, 67 and 66 respectively.

A total of 137 was recorded by Beattie and Renwick, whose chances were spoiled by a five on the par three 13th, while Tinlin suffered with a seven at the third.

Johnson battled valiantly after a disappointing first round to come within just a few shots of victory.

But the day belonged to Ballantyne who carded a 68 and received the silverware from BGA vice president Bob Bolton after a combined winning score of 138.