Watt shocks Armstrong at Turnhouse

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HOST club teenager Michael Watt pulled off a major shock on the first night of the Turnhouse Open after handing out a heavy defeat to former Lothians champion Steven Armstrong.

The 17-year-old beat his more experienced clubmate 8 and 7 on a night when Lothians captain Keith Reilly also bowed out as he went down 2 and 1 to 
Dalmahoy’s Iain Wilson.

Broomieknowe’s Alan Sim beat another Turnhouse Junior, Jack McVey, who birdied the 11th, 12th and 13th to square the match before eventually losing by two holes.

Turnhouse stalwart Dougie Imrie won the final top-flight match of the night against Greenburn’s Stuart McKechnie by the same margin.

Neither player took an initiative until Imrie won the 17th before slamming the door on his opponent with a closing birdie-4.

A full field of 190 took part in the weekend qualifying for the Union Motors-sponsored event, with Turnhouse member Ricky Simson producing the top shot over the two days with a hole-in-one at the 11th.

Tonight’s ties are: Ross Noon v Gordon Leitch; Tam Caldwell v Neil Sneddon; Alan Hogg v John Ralston; Ricky Moffat v Olly McCrone.