Andrew Ni finishes joint second in Gallacher Foundation

Sandy Scott is presented with the trophy by Jim Gallacher at Macdonald Cardrona

Sandy Scott is presented with the trophy by Jim Gallacher at Macdonald Cardrona

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Murrayfield’s Andrew Ni came close to keeping the Stephen Gallacher Foundation Trophy in the Lothians, writes Martin Dempster.

He finished joint-second in the 54-hole event at Macdonald Cardrona, near Peebles, after sharing the lead heading into the final round.

Ni opened with a brace of 69s to sit alongside Nairn’s Sandy Scott, who carded a course-record 66 in the opening round before adding a 72, after 36 holes.

Ni’s hopes of claiming victory were undone by a closing 75, but it was still an eye-catching effort from the Capital youngster.

Scott signed off with a 72 to claim a three-shot triumph in the SGU Boys’ Order of Merit event as the Highlander continued his hot run of form.

He tied for fifth place at the Paul Lawrie Foundation Scottish Schools last Monday, having recorded a top-ten finish prior to that in the Carrick Neill Scottish Open Stroke Play at Moray.

His prize, a smaller replica of Gallacher’s Dubai Desert Classic silverware, was presented to him by the European Tour star’s dad, Jim.

Backing up Ni’s excellent effort Liberton’s Kieran Cantley and Mark Napier, the newly-crowned Lothians Boys’ champion from Turnhouse, also finished in the top ten as they shared eighth spot.

Meanwhile, Lothians duo Murray Naysmith (Marriott Dalmahoy) and Chris Curran (Harburn) will follow in some famous footsteps when they launch Scotland’s bid today in the Toyota Junior World Cup in Japan.

Notable former participants include Scottish Open champion Justin Rose, South African major winners Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel and Swedish star Henrik Stenson.

Joining forces with Naysmith and Curran in an event taking place at Chukyo Golf Club’s Ishino Course in Toyota City are Scottish Boys’ champion Will Porter (Carnoustie) and Calum Fyfe (Cawder).

The quartet have been accompanied on the trip to the Far East by Kingsknowe’s former Scottish Golfer of the Year, Scott Knowles, in his official role as the Scottish Boys’ captain.