Kieran Cantley and Lewis Bain reach Lothian Boys final

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Kieran Cantley (Liberton) and Lewis Bain (Musselburgh) won through to the final of the Lothians Boys Championship with closely-fought semi-finals against Mark Napier (Turnhouse) and Joe Bryce (Bathgate) respectively at the Braids last night.

In the top match, Cantley and Napier traded birdies over the front nine, with the Liberton player easing ahead with a birdie at the ninth to turn one up. Napier hit back to level the match at the tenth but birdies at 11 and 12 by Cantley eased him to two up before Napier pulled one back at 13.

The players kept to par over the next few holes, with Cantley holing a clutch putt at 17 to maintain his lead, going to the last one up. At the 18th, Napier lipped out for birdie, leaving Cantley the winner of an excellent match, one up.

The second match was all square at the turn, but birdies at 11 and 12 gave Bain a two-hole lead, which he extended to three up at 13, but Bryce refused to lie down and after Bain missed five-foot putts at 16 and 17, there was only one hole in it as they reached the 18th tee.

Bain’s tee shot finished just off the green, but Bryce pitched stone dead for a gimme 3 leaving Bain to get up and down for the match. Agonisingly he left himself another five-foot putt, but calmly rolled it into the cup to seal the second one up victory of the night.

The final will be played next week on a day to be confirmed.