Honours to Pumpherston and Peebles at Winterfield

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Forty-one teams comprising of a member and guest competed for the Richardson & Brownlee Trophy in the Edinburgh and East of Scotland Alliance’s Better Ball Invitational at Winterfield.

With amateurs getting ˆ of their handicap and used at index holes, yet again this season it went to the better inward nine to determine the names on the silverware.

It was the Pumpherston duo of Steve Dand and Steve Maskrey who were rewarded for their inward 29 shots in their net score of 60 to pip Danny 
Airens (Falkirk Tryst) and Chris Spencer (North Berwick) whose net 60 had an inward 32 shots.

Close behind on the net front were Peter Louden (Glencorse) and Jim Laing (Glencorse) on 61.

Scratch scoring was also closely contested and it was the young guns from Peebles – Joshua Lamd and Darren Howie – who took top prize with a two-under-par 63.

Only one shot away on 64 were the Longniddry duo of Nathan Free and Marc Owenson.

Third spot was split four ways on 65 and included President Steven Doyle (Liberton) and his guest, former Scottish amateur star and now a professional Jane Turner from West Linton.

Next week the East Alliance stays on the East Coast and heads to Craigielaw.

Elsewhere, Catriona Matthew opened with a one-over 73 in the Australian Women’s Open at Royal Melbourne.