Golf: Smooth ride for Rolls Royce duo

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The Scottish team of Chris Aitken and William Macmillan, representing Rolls Royce PLC, came out on top in the 20th anniversary edition of the 2013 World Golf Corporate Challenge at The Carrick.

Nine behind the Guatemalan father and son combination of Sergio Anibal Hernandez and Pablo Hernandez overnight, the Rolls Royce engineering specialists purred gently through the field before taking the lead at the short 16th. There, the wheels started to come off for the Guatemalans when the father twice found gorse.

New Zealand, on 101 points, were still a worry but when Aitken, a member of the Carrick, holed from eight feet at the 17th the home pair went ahead on 102 points before finishing on 105 to win by three from Guatamala.

Robertson hits ace to set Irish pace

IRISH OPEN STROKE-PLAY: Helped by a first-ever hole-in-one, Glenbervie’s Graeme Robertson carded a three-under-par 69 to lead after the first round of the Irish Open Stroke-Play Championship at Royal Dublin.

The leading Scot in last weekend’s Lytham Trophy, finishing in the top ten, Robertson recorded his ace at the 160-yard 12th with a 5-iron as he was the only player in the field to break 70.

Robertson, who also had a brace of 2s on his tidy card, leads by a shot from Irish duo Aaron Kearney (Castlerock) and Robbie Cannon (Balbriggan), with Jack McDonald (Barassie) and Conor Neil (Pollok) the next best amongst the Scots on 72.

Ewan Scott, who skipped defending the Scottish Youths’ title to play in the event, opened with a three-over 75.

Five birdies earn Eardley Lanark lead

SCOTTISH YOUTHS: Liberton’s Daniel Eardley upstaged clubmate Anthony Blaney to set the pace after the opening round of the Golf Data Lab Scottish Youths’ Championship at Lanark.

A two-under-par 68 earned Eardley a one-shot lead over Kingsfield’s Jordyn Rhind and Craig Chalmers from Cawder, with Fifer Andrew Davidson (Charleton) a further stroke back in fourth.

As Blaney, Liberton’s leading light over the past few seasons, had to settle for a 75, Eardley enjoyed his day in the spotlight with a five-birdie effort.

Rhind also got off to a good start in his bid to complete a notable family double after his older brother Lee, who now lives in America, won the Scottish Boys’ Stroke-Play Championship at Downfield in 1997.

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