Golf: West Linton beat Newbattle with ease

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WEST Linton’s promising start in the Edinburgh Summer League continued when they made home advantage count against Newbattle.

A 7-1 victory made it three wins out of three in the Pollock (Scotrans) Ltd-sponsored event, with former Scottish Amateur champion Simon Mackenzie and Sean Walter both recording big triumphs.

“This was a really tough match for us and the return fixture at Newbattle promises to be, too,” said West Linton’s John McWilliams.

“This week’s match away to Mortonhall is going to be equally difficult. It’s our final game before entering into a three-week break covering the club championships of West Linton and Lothianburn.”

In a quiet week on the Summer League front – due mainly to the Dispatch Trophy – Turnhouse also won at home, beating Musselburgh 5-3.

“Highlights included an eagle-2 for Neil Sneddon at the long seventh on his way to victory against Mark Chambers,” reported Tommy Cadger.

At Ratho Park, the home team needed a strong rearguard action to salvage a point against Merchants.

Stuart Imrie, Scott Sives and David Campbell won the bottom three matches for Ratho Park after Richard Craig, Andrew Helm, James Kerr and Mike Leitch had all put points on the board for the visitors.

“Merchants started strongly and early on we could see that we were in a bit of trouble, with Graham Binnie, Robert Dobbie and Gregor Drummond all being two or three holes down early on,” said Imrie.

“We all know you have to win your home games in this league, so it’s disappointing to drop a point, but it’s still early days so we’ll have to just try and pick up a few points away from home now to give us a chance.”


West Linton 7, Newbattle 1: K Mail bt S Thorburn two holes; S Smith halved with S Simpson; S Mackenzie b G Reid 5 and 4; S Walter bt G Rodger 5 and 4; S McQueen bt D Murray two holes; N Barr bt J O’Malley 3 and 2; C Taylor bt C Stables 3 and 2; S Walker halved with J Hunter.

Turnhouse 5, Musselburgh 3: S Armtrong bt T Cordery 4 and 3; N Sneddon bt M Chambers 5 and 4; D Black lost to I Fyfe one hole; L McCathie bt J Valentine 2 and 1; T Cadger bt S Grieg by a walkover; G Leitch lost to B McLeod 5 and 4; A Young bt M Clapperton 3 and 2; D Imrie lost to C Burgess 3 and 1.

Ratho Park 4, Merchants 4: J Cullerton lost to R Craig 3 and 1; J Kerr bt M Jackson 4 and 3; G Binnie lost to A Helm 4 and 3; R Dobbie lost to J Kerr 2 and 1; G Drummond lost to M Leitch 2 and 1; S Imrie bt A George 5 and 4; S Sives bt D Hall 3 and 2; D Campbell bt D Francis 7 and 6.

n DALMAHOY’S Murray Naysmith led the qualifiers for this week’s Lothians Boys’ Championship at the Braids.

A two-round total of 140 (69, 71) at the same venue gave him a two-shot success over Musselburgh’s Lewis Bain (72, 70) and Tantallon teenager Calum Hill (70, 72).

The Renaissance Club’s Alexander Wilson (71, 73) finished fourth, a shot ahead of Craigielaw’s Willem Kerr (74, 71).

It meant the quartet selected to represent the Lothians in this weekend’s Scottish Boys Area Team Championship at Prestwick finished in the top four spots.

The draw for tomorrow night’s opening round is: 5pm Murray Naysmith (Marriott Dalmahoy) v Murray Paterson (Bruntsfield Links); 5.07 Willem Kerr (Craigielaw) v Jack Valentine (Musselburgh); 5.15 Alexander Wilson (The Renaissance) v Andrew Ni (Murrayfield); 5.22 Joe Bryce (Bathgate) v Leigh Lawson (Turnhouse); 5.30 Rory Smith (Marriott Dalmahoy) v Mark Napier (Dundas Parks); 5.37 Ross Millar (Whitekirk) v Lewis Bain (Musselburgh); 5.45 Josh Cullerton (Carrickvale) v Chris Curran (Harburn); 5.52 Calum Hill (Tantallon) v Rob Paterson (Kilspindie).

• JAMES ROSS (Royal Burgess) claimed a top-ten finish in the Carrick Neill Scottish Open Stroke Play Championship at Southerness.

Closing rounds of 68 and 72 on the Solway Firth saw him finish joint-ninth on 12-over, 11 behind winner Garrick Porteous from Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland.

• CRAIGIELAW’S Gabrielle Macdonald finished joint-fifth in the 54-hole St Rule Trophy at St Andrews.

A closing 71 over the Old Course, equalling the best of the day, gave her a total of 220, nine behind winner Ailsa Summers from Carnoustie Ladies.