Chris Morris dances to Order of Merit title before last event

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Kingsknowe professional Chris Morris has wrapped up the East Alliance Order of Merit title with an event to spare.

He can’t be caught heading into next week’s end-of-season Championship at Gullane despite it carrying double points.

Morris, a consistent performer on the winter circuit over the past few years, is sitting on 691.5 points after the last regular event of the season at Falkirk Tryst.

It means that neither second-placed Ross Munro (Duddingston) on 569 or Edinburgh Golf Centre’s Craig Gordon (562.5) in third can now overtake Morris. Instead, they’ll be fighting it out for the minor placings in the 36-hole finale in East 
Lothian.

As per tradition, the Handicap Order of Merit has been decided before that event, with it producing a worthy winner in Danny Airens. The Falkirk Tryst player finished top of the pile on 184 points, followed by Walter Forsyth (Peebles) on 162.5 and Uphall’s Martin Rennie (Uphall) on 158.

Top senior in the standings and winner of the Harvey Butterworth Trophy is Michael Louden (Glencorse) on 81.5.

On a rare occasion this season when the weather was kind, 74 members competed for The Alliance Trophy at Falkirk Tryst.

As has been something of a trend in this campaign, it was decided by secretary Alan Greenshields having to get his pencil out for a countback.That followed matching net 65s being carded by Greenburn 11-handicapper Michael Carrigan and David Meldrum, who plays off three at Uphall.

It was Carrigan who came out on top in the card play-off, having come home in 34, level par, to comfortably win with a net 28.5 compared to Meldrum’s 33.5. Louden finished third with a net 68 playing off ten.

The scratch spoils were shared by two players – Houston Driving Range pro Andy Marshall and Royal Burgess amateir Malcolm Pennycott – with three-under 67s. 
Both were out in 34 and home in 33 to finish a shot ahead of Gordon Law (Uphall) and Lloyd Saltman (Archerfield Links).

Top trainee was Munro with a 71 while the senior prize was shared for 70s by Gordon Bell (Gullane, 4) and three-handicapper Louden.