Local golf round-up: Lauren is club champion again

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GIRL power prevailed as 16-year-old Lauren Lee won the Musselburgh ladies’ championship for the second year running.

She was three down after ten holes against Linda Grieve before fighting back to record a 2&1 triumph.

Kenny Wright won the men’s A section while Euan MacDonald claimed the junior title.

Meanwhile, Craig Cheape chalked up his first Prestonfield championship after just recently returning to the Capital club, having worked away from home for a number of years.

• Helm is captain fantastic at Merchants

ANDREW HELM has become the first serving Merchants captain to win a club championship since the late Lindsay Stewart first won and then retained the B title in 1967 and 1968.

After an epic battle with 2014 winner Adam George, in which no fewer than 12 holes were halved, Helm took a two-hole advantage into lunch and powered away to a 5&4 victory.

The success also saw Helm become the oldest winner of the championship.

• Scott bosses it with hole-in-one

SCOTT GIRVAN clocked up the best ace among a spate of holes-in-one that have made Capital golfers feel like the ‘BOSS’.

Girvan holed his tee shot at the 213-yard 11th at home club Baberton, earning the 55-year-old a limited edition watch from the luxury clothing company.

The same prize has also been won by Stephen McIntosh (14th at Baberton), Richard Craig (7th at Merchants), Peter Dougherty (8th at Silverknowes), Alan Walkingshaw (14th at Ravelston) and John Paterson (8th at Gogarburn).

• Dunbar and Winterfield launch junior initiative

A JUNIOR ‘playing’ initiative is been trialed by neighbours Dunbar and Winterfield through until the end of September.

Supported by Enjoy Leisure, it is allowing junior members of either club to enjoy complimentary access to both courses, where they can also play in medals.

“It is hoped that this initiative will encourage mixing between both clubs’ juniors and promote greater participation in the game of golf,” said Dunbar junior convenor David Miller.