Greenkeeper Benn McLeod uses local nous at Musselburgh

Benn McLeod
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Benn McLeod, a 30-year-old greenkeeper, used all his local knowledge to win the South-East District Open amateur golf championship over his home Musselburgh Golf Club course.

McLeod produced his Sunday best – a pair of 69s – to overhaul halfway leader Keiran Cantley (Liberton) with a ten-under-par total of 274.

McLeod, who plays cackhanded, held off a last-round bid by Cantley, recent winner of the North of Scotland Open at Royal Dornoch, to pull the fat from the fire. Cantley’s four-under-par 67, the best last-round score, came up two shots short of dislodging McLeod.

Stuart McLaren (Bruntsfield Links), winner of the North-east District Open a couple of weeks ago, finished a distant fourth on 282 after a disappointing fourth round of 74. Defending champion Euan McIntosh (Turnhouse) looked as if he might figure in the closing stages when he shot a third-round 67, but he could do no better than a closing 72 for 283 and a share of fourth place with Calum Fyfe (Cawder).