Golf: Nicholsons enjoy family Winter League glory

Lesley Nicholson. Picture:  Ian Rutherford
Lesley Nicholson. Picture: Ian Rutherford
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FORMER Ladies European Tour player Lesley Nicholson teamed up with her brother Keith to make a winning debut in the East Lothian Winter League.

Nicholson became the first woman to tee up in the event for a quarter of a century when Haddington hosted Musselburgh Old. She got off to a winning start in tandem with her brother as they handed out a 4 and 2 defeat to Scott McFarlane and Tyler Hood.

The win helped Haddington to a 4-1 victory and a place on top of the Division Two table.

They lead on ‘goal’ difference from Royal Musselburgh, who made the most of their first home appearance of the campaign by handing out a whitewash to promotion hopefuls Tantallon.

In the top flight, Gullane strengthened their position with a second consecutive win on the road – a 2½-1½ triumph at Musselburgh. The home side were ahead in three matches and level in one with five holes to go, but Duncan Low’s precise pitch to the 18th salvaged a half against Benn McLeod and Connor Good.

Then, in the anchor match, Rob Jack and Lawrie Main took the last two holes to win their match. Glen moved into second spot when they edged out their hosts Longniddry.

Meanwhile, former Longniddry star Raymond Russell has joined Neil Fenwick and Gareth Wright in making it to the final of the European Tour Qualifying School. He finished second in the delayed second stage event in Tarragona.