Andrew Benson wins on Scottish Boys’ debut

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West Lothian’s Andrew Benson picked the brains of club pro Alan Reid to help earn a Scottish Boys’ Championship debut victory.

The 15-year-old eased to a 6&4 first-round win over Stewart Burns from Pitlochry on a blowy second day at West Kilbride. Benson put much of the credit down to his pre-event discussions with Reid, given he famously won this title at the Ayrshire venue back in 1992.

Reid, then playing out of Kilmarnock Barassie, beat Alastair Forsyth in the final showdown that year and was happy to offer Benson advice on how to perform on the par-71 course.

Linlithgow lad Benson, who was four up after six holes after a flying start against Burns, said: “I saw Alan before the event, asked him how he saw the course and we used the stroke saver.

“He helped me definitely, and on mentality as well. He told me to keep a poker face in match play and not let anything phase me. Alan says he has a video of him winning the Boys’ in 1992 but I’ve not seen it yet. He obviously has happy memories of the course.”

On the second day on the west coast, more Lothians players were in action with Carter Jerome (Kilspindie), Michael Watt (Turnhouse) and Cameron Blair (Musselburgh) among those progressing to round two.

But No.1 seed Ben Kinsley was too strong for Bathgate’s Ross Callan while Michael Lawrie, son of Ryder Cup hero Paul, saw off Craig Docherty (Turnhouse).

Late in the day as darkness fell, there was more drama for the much-fancied Murray Naysmith of Marriott Dalmahoy.

After coming through at the 18th in round one, Naysmith went to the 21st before defeating Jack Gillies from Hilton Park after a titanic match. Naysmith, the fourth seed, edged the second-round tie when Gillies hit two balls out of bounds down the right at the third extra hole.

Selected first-round results: A Fortune (The Roxburghe) bt S Murray (Falkirk) 1 up; C Jerome (Kilspindie) bt J Hutton (Murcar Links) 3&1; E McIntosh (Murrayfield) bt L Lawson (Turnhouse) 3&2; J Magee (Stranraer) bt A McKenzie (Dunbar) 1 up; P Whelan (Bathgate) bt J Purdie (Largs) 2&1; L Anderson (Deeside) bt D McCann (Kingsknowe) at 20th; M Watt (Turnhouse) bt A Thomson (Lanark) 3&2; B Kinsley (St Andrews) bt R Callan (Bathgate) 4&3; M Lawrie (Deeside) bt C Docherty (Turnhouse) 4&3; C Blair (Musselburgh) bt D Smith (Deeside) 7&5; K Cantley (Liberton) bt C Somers (Murcar Links) at 21st; J Valentine (Musselburgh) bt C Richmond (Cowal) 5&4; M Dalrymple (Lochwinnoch) bt S Knox (Duddingston) 2 up; J McKenna (Balmore) bt L Bain (Musselburgh) at 20th; J Currie (Greenock) bt J McVey (Turnhouse) at 19th; D Lamont (Bruntsfield Links GS) bt L Rodgers (Greenock) 4&3; J Rogan (Longniddry) bt D Addison (Cruden Bay) 2&1; A Husenne (Haggs Castle) bt B McNaught (Longniddry) 2&1; A Benson (West Lothian) bt S Burns (Pitlochry) 6&4; C Cochrane (Marriott Dalmahoy) bt F Johnston (Paisley) 4&2; R Higgins (Loretto School) bt J Paterson (New St Andrews) 5&4; S Scott (Nairn) bt J Bryce (Bathgate) 4&2; C Black (Cardross) bt D Henderson (Musselburgh) 1 up; I Hill (Muckhart) bt R Henderson (Turnhouse) 3&2.

Selected second-round scores: R Paterson (Kilspindie) bt M Watt (Inverallochy) 2&1; C Good (Musselburgh) bt C Hamill (Bishopbriggs) 5&4; S McCandless (Bathgate ) bt C Farrell (Longniddry ) 1 up; C Curran (Harburn) bt T Foster (Merchants of Edinburgh) 6&4; A Fotheringham (Duddingston) bt M McAnaw (New St Andrews) at 19th; C Bruce (Duff House Royal) bt A Thurlow (Murrayfield) 2 up; M Naysmith (Marriott Dalmahoy) bt J Gillies (Hilton Park) at 21st.