Elliot Saltman hopes for better luck

Elliot Saltman was washed out in Madeira
Elliot Saltman was washed out in Madeira
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ELLIOT SALTMAN will be hoping for better weather closer to home tomorrow than he got in Madeira last week.

The Archerfield ace was among the players left frustrated as the opening Challenge Tour event of the season fell to heavy rain.

The Madeira Islands Open was abandoned with just one round having been played over four days, leaving all scores declared null and void. In Saltman’s case, that had been a one-under-par 71 that left him sitting just inside the top 20.

Having returned home, last year’s PGA EuroPro Tour No 1 now has the East Alliance Championship in his sights. The end-of-season event takes place at Gullane tomorrow and Elliot is in the field along with younger brother Lloyd.

Among their rivals over 36 holes will be former PGA champion Andrew Oldcorn as well as this year’s Alliance Order of Merit winner, Kingsknowe pro Chris Morris.

Other pros in the line up include Dalmahoy’s Mark Kerr, former PGA Cup player Gordon Law from Uphall and Neil Henderson (The Renaissance Club).

The Uni Royal Trophy is up for grabs over the No 2 and No 3 courses, with the amateurs bidding to claim that including Liberton’s Anthony Blaney.

The Gavin Clark Trophy, for the best net score, is the other piece of silverware being handed out.