Graham Davidson is Champion of Champions

Lothians president Alistair Bisset, centre, with Graham Davidson, right, and Keith Robertson

Lothians president Alistair Bisset, centre, with Graham Davidson, right, and Keith Robertson

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Winterfield’s Graham Davidson is the Lothians Champion of Champions for the second time in six years.

He repeated his 2008 triumph in the event with a 5&3 victory over Niddry Castle’s Hugh Fraser in the final at Archerfield Links.

Davidson had three birdies in the front nine to be one up at the turn. In a telling thrust, he then birdied the tenth and eagled the par-5 11th to go three up.

The next two holes were halved before Davidson closed the door by winning the 14th and 15th.

He was a worthy winner, having also accounted for six-times champion Keith Nicholson (Gullane/Haddington) in the semi-final.

“Winning this title again is a good achievement,” said Davidson, a 25-year-old who works at Torness. “The turning point in the final was definitely winning the tenth and 11th, where I hit a 7-iron from 170 yards to just off the green and then holed a putt from 25 feet.”

Davidson, who plays off scratch, has earned the right to defend his title next year after claiming the Winterfield crown for the eighth time.

Prestonfield’s Keith Robertson claimed the Handicap Match Play title with a 2&1 triumph over John Watson from Broomieknowe. Watson was one up after 12 before Robertson took the 12th, 13th and 14th.