John Yuille earns a place in the Royal Burgess history books

John Yuille

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It was a triumph for experience over youth as John Yuille earned a place in the Royal Burgess history books.

His victory over Varun Varadharajan in the final secured a record seventh club championship – and he is probably not done at that.

Varadharajan, the defending champion, was three down after the first round and, though he won the third in the afternoon, he could make no further inroads.

A birdie at the ninth restored Yuille’s three-hole cushion, which he extended at the tenth hole after a loose drive by his opponent.

The next five holes were halved in par and they shook hands on the 15th as Yuille wrapped up a 4&3 success.

In the semi-finals, Varadharajan beat Sandy Gray one up while Yuille triumphed 5&4 over Jim Thompson.

At Duddingston, Derrick Williams claimed his fifth title – sponsored by Opticians of Marchmont – after beating first-time finalist Neil Turner 8&7.

It was an inspirational feat by Williams, who, in the two qualifying rounds, had a 10 and a 9 but shrugged aside those setbacks.

Williams was eight up after the morning round against – ironically – the best man at his wedding and his caddie for previous finals!

“I thought it was a bit inconsiderate of Neil to reach the final and leave me looking for another caddie,” said Derrick, tongue-in-cheek, who last won ten years ago.

The women’s title at Duddingston was won by Dee Williams, who beat Melanie Phillips. Alex Fotheringham beat Stuart Knox in the boys; Keith Millar was a first-time winner of the seniors against Mike Power and Lee Begbie beat Brian Watters in the B event.

At Craigmillar Park, Alex Robertson led the qualifiers but was unable to defend the title he had won for the past four years due to work commitments.

That opened the door for Andy Utterson to claim his first title, beating Craig Smith 7&6 in the final. He played the first nine holes in 31, four-under-par, to be six up and was always in control.

It was a well-deserved triumph as he had come through the tougher half of the draw, beating Craig Murison (2 up), Paul Logan (4&3) and Iain Rooney (5&4) to get to the final.

It was a family double as Ken Utterson, Andy’s dad, won the B final, recovering from seven down after the first round to beat Peter Lyle 3&1.

At Silverknowes, a new name was guaranteed on the trophy as Graham Robertson and Craig Scott made it to the final.

Robertson, the more experienced of the two, was five up after the morning round and he held on for a 3&2 triumph despite a brave fightback by Scott after lunch.

Lewis Bain beat Colin Davidson to claim the crown at Turnhouse while former Hibs player Graham Harvey is the Royal Musselburgh champion for a third time.

One up after the first round, Harvey had to dig deep to finally get the better of Craig Johnstone in a match that went the full distance.

Harvey was round in four-under 66 – one less than Johnstone – in the morning while both players shot 69 in the afternoon.