AN ANNUAL golfing event will be cancelled for the second year in a row because of Covid-19 restrictions.

West Dunbartonshire Council’s pro-am golf tournament, on the municipal course at Dalmuir Park, was scheduled to go ahead in May, but was pulled by the local authority’s cultural committee last week.

The event, which is currently managed by West Dunbartonshire Leisure Trust on behalf of the council, and is delivered in partnership with the Professional Golfers Association (PGA) in Scotland, could not go ahead last year because of the pandemic.

Malcolm Bennie, the authority’s chief officer for citizen, culture and facilities, said: “We are all familiar that the council hosts the annual pro-am event in association with the Scottish PGA, which normally takes place in May.

“The current pandemic restrictions mean that I don’t think it is appropriate or conceivable that we will be able to host that event this year, regrettably, and therefore my recommendation to committee is that we cancel this year’s event.

“By doing that we can avoid spending time organising, and also give the Scottish PGA good notice of our intensions and progress accordingly.”

Around 35 teams participated on the day when the tournament was last held, each made up of a professional and three paying players.

Chairman of the committee Baillie Dennis Agnew said: “I agree with everything you say and the recommendations.

“The pro-am used to be a big event and there would be a dinner the night before for about 100 people.

“It has slimmed down over the years as we get fewer teams taking part. I think this is something we should be looking at in the future.”