Golf: Ireland set for great eighth

Duncan IRELAND remained on track to retain the Harry Lauder golf trophy at Portobello with a convincing 6 and 5 victory over Kevin Wylie last night.

Duddingston club manager Ireland has won the venerable title, which dates back to 1924, a remarkable seven times.

Local member John Ralston, fresh from reaching the semi-finals of the Lothians’ Champion of Champions, also won comfortably against Robert Kay to advance to the quarter-finals while 14-year-old Kieran Cantley, from Liberton, the youngest qualifier since the late Ronnie Shade, a former world amateur champion, defeated Steph Walker.

Cantley now faces Portobello member Kenny Craigie.

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At the other end of the age scale there is to be no fairytale conclusion for John Williams who was hoping to be the first 60-year-old to win in recent years. Williams, who plays at Portobello and Duddingston, bowed out to Matthew Craigie.

A former winner from Duddingston, John Demple, won through at the 17th,

Last night’s results: M Craigie bt J Williams 5&4, D Ireland bt K Wylie 6&5, J Semple bt A Finlayson 2&1, P Marshall bt H Moriarty 3&1, J Svard bt K Carson 4&2, J Ralston bt R Kay 4&3, K Cantley bt S Walker 3&2, K Craigie bt A Gosman Jnr 2&1.