Golf: Megan Linton shines in race to Dunbar

Megan Linton receives her prize from Stephen Gallacher
Megan Linton receives her prize from Stephen Gallacher
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CRAIGMILLAR PARK’S Megan Linton has capped a spectacular rise through the ranks in the Stephen Gallacher Foundation by winning one of the top prizes in the “Race to Dunbar” final.

She beat a mixed field to top the leaderboard in the under-18 handicap event in East Lothian with a net 70, finishing two shots clear of Leigh Lawson.

“Megan has been one of the successes of the Foundation as she has played in our flag events since they began 18 months ago,” said Foundation manager Scott Knowles. “She has also had coaching throughout from our professionals, Jane Connachan and David Burns. “Since Megan has started to play in stroke-play events, she has shown her appetite for winning by winning the East of Scotland Girls Autumn Meeting and now our Finals Day Handicap event.”

Bathgate’s Scott McCandless was the day’s other big winner, carding a 74 in a testing wind to pip Murray Naysmith, this year’s Paul Lawrie Jug winner, by a shot in the scratch section.

“In total, we had 55 boys and girls who qualified by finishing within the top ten of our Order of Merits throughout the season,” added Knowles.

“Stephen was on hand all day for the boys and girls and was the official starter for the day. He also held a short game clinic for all the competitors, parents and members of Dunbar Golf Club at the end of the day.”