Golf: Play-off triumph for Hsu

HAO SHENG HSU, who has joined Haddington as an overseas member after befriending a member of the East Lothian club at college in the United States, is celebrating a Scottish Order of Merit event success.

The 19-year-old from Taiwan, who has come over to Scotland with Mark Lamb, the Haddington player who won the Scottish Boys' Stroke-Play Championship before heading off to the States, won the weather-shortened Cameron Corbett Vase at Haggs Castle in Glasgow.

Hsu, who also played in the East of Scotland Open at Lundin Links the previous weekend, claimed the coveted prize in a play-off, beating Scott Larkin of Royal Aberdeen in a play-off after the pair had tied with two-under-par totals of 215.

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The scheduled four rounds were cut to three due to heavy rain and strong winds and Hsu closed with a level-par 72 while Larkin hit a 71 to tie for top spot. In the play-off, Hsu's birdie on the par-5 18th proved good enough after Larkin had three-putted for a 5. Mortonhall's Greg Nicholson maintained his recent good form by earning a share of third place on 217 after rounds of 72, 73 and 72. He also had a top-ten finish in the recent Tennant Cup before making the cut as well at Lundin Links.

Baberton's Paul Ferrier led after a first-round 68 before scores of 75 and 79 dropped him down the field, the former Scottish Boys' champion finishing on 222.

In a group three strokes further back was defending champion Allyn Dick.

• A CLOSING 70 saw Stephen Gallacher in a tie for 56th behind Miguel Angel Jimenez in the French Open, but the Lothians star is still sitting in the top 30 in the Race to Dubai going into this week's Barclays Scottish Open.

• VIKKI LAING maintained her promising form by finishing just outside the top ten behind winner Trish Johnson in the Tenerife Ladies' Open. Laing finished on five-under, nine behind English star Johnson.

• RAYMOND RUSSELL closed with a 70 to finish in a tie for 17th on 279, five-under, in The Princess, a Challenge Tour event, in Sweden. Elliot Saltman was four shots back after a 72.