LOTHIANS lost to hosts Fife in the final as the record 13-time winners produced their best effort in the event’s new format in the GolfKings Scottish Area Team Championship at Crail.
On a weather-hit weekend on the Fife coast, Lothians finished second behind Fife in the stroke-play qualifying.
Neil Henderson, the former Scottish Junior Champion of Champions from the Renaissance Club, carded a splendid two-over-par 74 to lead the scoring on the tougher Craighead links. And he was backed up by fine rounds from Liberton’s Anthony Blaney (71) and Kingsknowe’s Allyn Dick (73) on the neighbouring Balcomie.
Lothians then swept into the final with an impressive 4-1 victory over Stirlingshire in the semi-finals. Dick joined forces with Silverknowes star Graham Robertson to win their foursomes match, while Henderson, Blaney and Musselburgh’s Benn McLeod also added points. Tantallon’s Calum Hill wasn’t disgraced either as he gave a good account of himself against Graeme Robertson.
Fife booked their place in the title showdown with a hard-earned 3-2 victory over Glasgow. And, after looking as though it could go either way at one point, the hosts came out on top 3.5-1.5 against Lothians to regain the crown.
Dick and Robertson went down by 4 and 3 to Ally Hain and Jordan McColl before Henderson notched an excellent win by the same margin over Ewan Scott, but Blaney lost narrowly to James White and McLeod was defeated in the anchor match by Scott Stewart-Cation.
In the other singles tie, Hill held Aberdour ace Scott Crichton, who recorded his first-ever hole-in-one at the 13th.