Keir McNicoll bags Tom Galloway Trophy

Keir McNicoll

Keir McNicoll

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Host club member David Nicholson was feeling ace, but Gullane trainee Keir McNicoll reigned supreme in yesterday’s East Alliance event at Craigielaw.

On a day when Nicholson had a hole-in-one at the 186-yard eighth with a 5-iron, former Scottish amateur ace McNicoll shot a fine four-under-par 67.

It earned him the Tom Galloway Trophy as well as the top scratch prize, winning the latter by two shots from fellow trainees Louis Gaughan (Bathgate) and Cameron Marr (Musselburgh).

Niddry Castle’s Alex Webster landed the handicap spoils with a net 68 off five ahead of Musselburgh’s James Silvestro (Musselburgh) on 69, with Grant Skinner (Glencorse) third on 71.

Ross Neill (Drumpellier) retains his lead in the scratch Order of Merit, but has Gaughan close on his heels, while Silvestro has reclaimed top spot in the handicap rankings.

Next week sees a re-scheduled visit to Eyemouth for the invitational better-ball.