TANTALLON’S Calum Hill is the new Lothians Boys’ champion after emerging as a worthy winner at the Braids last night.
He was never behind en route to a 3 and 2 victory over Alexander Wilson from The Renaissance Club in the title showdown.
“From what I saw all week, Calum played the best golf and also played more holes than Alexander in getting to the final,” reported Lothians official Robert Bald.
Hill, who is coached by Kings Acre pro Alan Murdoch, won the first with a birdie and quickly went two up when his opponent three-putted the third.
Wilson birdied the fourth to win that only for Hill to reply with back-to-back birdies at the fifth and sixth, hitting his approach to three feet into the breeze at the latter. He wasn’t so accurate with a tee shot at the seventh that found a gorse bush and Wilson got it back to one down again when Hill didn’t get out first time from a bad lie behind the eighth.
Wilson’s second three putt of the round cost him the tenth before Hill went three up once more with a birdie at the 12th.
He looked to be coasting home when Wilson’s tee shot bounced through the green at the 13th and had to take a penalty drop from the gorse.But Hill opened the door slightly when he took a wedge from close to the green at the 15th and lost that to a birdie.
“There was a collective sigh from the Lothians Executive,” said Bald of that decision, when it looked as though a putter or a bump and run was the better option. Wilson then drove the 16th to set up a chance to extend the contest once more only to three putt from above the hole, missing a three-footer to keep it going. The match was played in great spirit between two players who are good friends,” said Bald.