Golf round-up: Midlothian edged out in title bid

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MIDLOTHIAN fell at the final hurdle in their bid to be crowned as Scottish women’s champions at Stranraer.

They beat Dumfriesshire 7-2 then Ayrshire 7.5-1.5 to set up a title showdown with Angus.

It was advantage Midlothian after winning the morning foursomes 2-1 but Angus won the singles 4.5-1.5 to retain the title.

Broomieknowe’s Kate McIntosh won ‘Woman of the Match’ with five points out of six.

• Clubs pull out of Edinburgh Junior Inter Club tournament

TWO of the Capital’s biggest clubs won’t be represented in this weekend’s Edinburgh Junior Inter Club tournament at Swanston New.

“Unfortunately, Kingsknowe and Duddingston have withdrawn as they could not raise a team of four,” reported the host club’s secretary/manager Mike Robson.

Consequently, Swanston New and Murrayfield are already through to the second round, where Turnhouse, the defending champions, will be aiming to join them by beating Baberton in one of the Saturday morning ties.

• Lothians duo pass first European Tour Qualifying School test

TWO Lothians players have passed the first test paper in this year’s European Tour Qualifying School campaign.

Mark Hillson, who won the 2007 Lothians Championship playing out of Craigielaw but is now based at Tandridge in Surrey, finished as the leading Scot in the stage one event at The Roxburghe, near Kelso.

He will be joined at the second stage in Spain in early November by Neil Henderson after The Renaissance Club member was also among 21 qualifiers.

• Golf Coast Festival call

IT’S last call for anyone wanting to compete in the inaugural ‘Scotland’s Golf Coast Festival’ from October 18-24.

The event starts with a 9-hole warm up at Gifford before the Saltire Trophy goes up for grabs over 72 holes at Gullane No 1, Longniddry, Dunbar and The Renaissance Club.

To end the week, a hickory challenge will take place at Musselburgh Old and bookings can be made by visiting http://www.golfeastlothian.com/festival.asp