Eight left at Turnhouse Open

Silverknowes L-R Craig Scott, Tom Caldwell, Graham Robertson, Keith Reilly
Silverknowes L-R Craig Scott, Tom Caldwell, Graham Robertson, Keith Reilly
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Dispatch Trophy partners Graham Robertson and Tam Caldwell had mixed fortunes as the first round was completed in the Turnhouse Open.

Robertson, a former winner, squeezed past the host club’s Olly McCrone in extra holes, but Silverknowes clubmate Caldwell bowed out to West Lothian’s Michael Wilson.

The last two quarter-final spots were claimed by defending champion John Ralston and home club hope Ricky Moffat.

Shotts star Ralston shook off a stuffy opponent in Whitekirk’s David Ewan by winning the 12th, 14th and 15th holes, while Moffat defeated clubmate and Scottish Senior internationalist Lindsay Gordon.

Ralston takes on Robertson tonight, when it’s also Gordon Leitch versus Simon Lockhart, Andrew Young against James Johnston and Wilson versus Moffat.

In one of the matches in another flight, Turnhouse clubhouse manager Alan Young won on the last green against Danny Flynn, owner of Union Motor Company, the competition sponsor.

“Maybe not the best move for future sponsorship,” joked Young.