Matthew Clark retained the Renfrewshire County Stroke Play Championship at Ranfurly Castle Golf Club on Sunday, July 30.

The conditions for the event were testing with strong winds and heavy fairways, following the recent spells of rain.

The order of the day for most seemed to be lost or plugged balls, with both morning and afternoon rounds resulting in reduction only for handicap purposes.

Matthew Clark of Kilmacolm Golf Club returned to defend his Championship prior to taking part in the Scottish Amateur Championship.

His credentials as an international player were on show when he completed the morning round with a two under par round of 68 to lead by two shots from club mate James McCullagh.

Two shots further back was Stewart Watt of The Old Course Ranfurly.

In the afternoon round Clark consolidated his position with a two over par round of 72 for a total of 140.

This proved a step too far for the other competitors with James McCullagh, returned an 82.

Andrew Farmer added a 73 to his morning 74 to finish in second place on 147, with Stewart Watt finishing third, adding a 76 to his morning round for a 148 total.

Four players finished on 149, Ryan McKenzie (Erskine) and Owen Lavelle, Gary Price and Alex Ferguson (all Paisley).

The leading available 16 qualifiers now go forward to compete in the Match Play Championship, again this will be played at Ranfurly Castle Golf Club.