One of Paul Lawrie’s sons in, the other a reserve for Murcar links

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ONLY one of tournament sponsor Paul Lawrie’s sons has survived the ballot for next month’s Scottish Boys Championship at Murcar Links.

But, as the second reserve, 13-year-old Michael has a good chance of joining his older brother, Craig, in the 256-strong field for the first big event of the domestic season.

Deeside member Michael plays off 5.8 and the handicap cut-off in the ballot was made at 5.7 but it’s common in the traditional curtain-raiser for a handful of reserves to get last-minute spots.

Sixteen-year-old Craig, who reached the third round on his debut at Dunbar last year, is off scratch, so he safely made it into the field again for the event, which is being played under the Paul Lawrie Foundation banner for the first time.

Unlike last year, when he had to wait until the second day to enter the fray, Craig will be in action early on this time around. He’s in the eighth of the scheduled 128 first-round ties, against Liberton’s Scott Finlay.

Whether Lawrie Snr is there to see that remains to be seen. He’s still on course to play in The Masters and would only be able to be at Murcar Links on the Monday if he missed the cut in the opening major of the year.