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RISING Lothians star Calum Hill has heaped praise on his coach and fitness team after the Merchiston Castle School pupil won the ISGA British Schools Final by two strokes in Kent.

“Alan Murdoch has taken my game to a different level,” said Hill, of the Kings Acre pro who also runs the Merchiston Golf Academy. “He has helped me technically, instilled a belief and taught me how to compete.

“Golf Fit coach Craig Tumblety must take a huge amount of credit, too.”

McWatt tops

ROYAL HIGH’S Connor McWatt claimed the scratch spoils in the first event of the New Edinburgh High School League at Carrick Knowe.

He shot a fine 72 while Tynecastle’s Craig McKay secured the handicap honours with an impressive 43 Stableford points.

Firrhill, with 202, finished as the top team in an event that was run by Active Schools Edinburgh and is supported by the Stephen Gallacher Foundation and Clubgolf.

West is best

THE East Alliance suffered a 14-10 home defeat at the hands of their West counterparts in the UniRoyal Trophy, first played for in 1947 and held this year at Bruntsfield Links.

The visitors won the morning foursomes 5.5-2.5 and then came out on top by a point in the afternoon singles, which saw East champion Jamie McLeary lose 5 and 3 to Ross Kellett.

The win was West’s 36th in the annual content, stretching their lead in the overall battle to ten.

Peach of a win

MERCHANTS man Mark Dickson is set to end his college stint in America on a high after helping the University of South Carolina Aiken win the Peach Belt Conference Championship.

A member of last year’s winning Dispatch Trophy team with Caermont, Dickson shot rounds of 71, 73 and 75 to finish joint-fifth in the individual standings in Pine Mountain, Georgia.

It was an effort that helped USC Aiken, known as the ‘Pacers’ to a ninth PBC team title and first since 2008.